Category Archives: National News

Human Rights Campaign’s 2017 Equality Buying Guide

Now more than ever, it is important to support businesses that support equality. To read the 2017 Buying for Workplace Equality, visit: http://www.hrc.org/apps/buyersguide/


From Airbnb to Audi, companies used their advertising airtime during the 2017 Super Bowl to embrace the values of inclusion and equality. And those values are increasingly shared by consumers looking to spend their dollars to make a statement for equality. Continue reading Human Rights Campaign’s 2017 Equality Buying Guide

Kaiser Permanente Acquires Group Health Cooperative

Feb. 1, 2017

Kaiser Permanente’s acquisition of Group Health Cooperative became final today, and with that, Group Health’s more than 651,000 members and more than 6,000 employees in Washington are now part of the largest integrated health system in the nation. With the acquisition, Kaiser Permanente now serves more than 11.3 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia, providing both care and coverage. Continue reading Kaiser Permanente Acquires Group Health Cooperative

What Would an Anti-LGBTQ Executive Order Mean?

By: Stacey Sampson, contributing author

On Monday, January 30, 2017, unconfirmed sources began to spread news that President Donald Trump was preparing to repeal a 2014 executive order introduced by President Barack Obama that protects LGBTQ employees who work for federal contractors from workplace discrimination. This order banned discrimination by companies performing federal work against LGBTQ employees. News and rumors of this potential repeal grew rapidly, with no official comment from the White House early on. As of Tuesday Morning, the White House released a statement vowing to keep the Obama administration protections to LGBTQ federal workers intact.

A draft executive order to repeal these protections began circulating last weekend, prompting the rumors. This draft included multiple revisions to the previous administration’s policy, including possible exemptions for adoption agencies and groups receiving federal funds, to provide the right to deny services to LGBTQ individuals based upon religious freedom. So far, no comment has been made regarding these potential revisions.

So what would it look like if anti-LGBTQ legislation was passed into law?

One in five workers across the country could be affected by a potential revision or repeal of Obama’s prior order protecting federal workers’ rights. If, per the White House statement, that order does remain untouched, another potential hammer looms above the head of the LGBTQ community.

President Trump has previously indicated his support of a proposed First Amendment Defense Act (FADA), which would allow for businesses and individuals citing a religious belief to discriminate against people in the LGBTQ community, and would prohibit the federal government from taking discriminatory action against the parties for doing so.

Introduced in 2015, the FADA bill failed to pass due to its potential discrimination against LGBTQ people, unmarried heterosexual couples, and unwed mothers. However, President Trump previously vowed to pass FADA into law, were it to be reintroduced during his term. Though the bill is deceptively presented as the federal government taking “discriminatory action” against a business or an individual that discriminates against LGBTQ people, the underlying concept of the bill paves the way for widespread discrimination, and protection of those that engage in discrimination, with little to no recourse.

A new version of FADA has yet to be introduced. Today, the Senate Judiciary Committee is set to hold its final hearing and vote on President Trump’s nominee for Attorney General, Jeff Sessions. Sessions is one of the original FADA bill’s sponsors and has been outspoken about his support of it.

Millions March on Washington and Around the World

The pink-hatted crowds march in Washington D.C. Photo: Women’s March on Washington

Hundreds of thousands of women and men alike gathered in Washington on Saturday in a kind of counter-inauguration after President Trump took office on Friday. A range of speakers and performers cutting across generational lines rallied near the Capitol before marchers made their way toward the White House.

Millions more across all 50 states and cities around the globe joined in an extraordinary display of dissent against the Trump presidency, unification for reproductive rights, and voices expressing distaste in the rhetoric surrounding one of the more divisive elections in modern American history. Continue reading Millions March on Washington and Around the World

White House Press Secretary says Fate of LGBT Nondiscrimination Order Uncertain

Donald Trump’s press secretary, Sean Spicer, said today he isn’t sure if the new president will repeal or maintain President Obama’s executive order banning anti-LGBT discrimination by companies that have contracts with the federal government.

“I just don’t know the answer,” Spicer said in response to a question from the Washington Blade at a press briefing Monday. Continue reading White House Press Secretary says Fate of LGBT Nondiscrimination Order Uncertain

All references to LGBT rights & Climate change removed from WhiteHouse.gov

Donald Trump’s brand new administration has removed nearly all references to climate change and a dedicated LGBT page from the White House website. The Obama administration created the LGBT rights page “to highlight major legislative achievements, historic court victories and important policy changes for gay and transgender people,” reports TechCrunch. It was also a resource where members of the LGBT community considering self-harm or suicide could turn for information and support. Continue reading All references to LGBT rights & Climate change removed from WhiteHouse.gov

Join INBA for the Women’s March on Spokane

WHERE: Spokane Convention Center
WHEN: Saturday, January 21st 2017, 11:00AM

On January 21st,  we will join forces and unite for the Women’s March on Spokane in solidarity with the national Women’s March on Washington D.C. We invite people of all gender identities, ethnicities, ages, abilities, religions, and sexual orientations to come participate in this unifying event. Continue reading Join INBA for the Women’s March on Spokane

IBM introduces new Pride logo as a commitment to diversity

Press Release By Lindsay-Rae McIntyre, Chief Diversity Officer, IBM

IBM is proud of our long-standing commitment to fostering diversity, acceptance and inclusion. We strongly oppose discrimination of any kind toward anyone. IBM firmly stands by all of our employees and strives to attract, retain and grow the very best and brightest diverse talent to fulfill our company’s purpose — to be essential.

IBM rainbow 8-bar logo

The new symbol of IBM’s commitment to diversity, acceptance and inclusion.

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