Category Archives: National News

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.

Continue reading IBM introduces new Pride logo as a commitment to diversity

Choose to support LGBT-friendly businesses this holiday season

When it comes to issues surrounding the LGBT community, many companies choose to remain neutral on the subject – but others prefer to raise their rainbow flags to show pride and support. With the holiday season on our doorstep, it may just be the perfect opportunity to give back to companies spreading the love. Here are five go-to places to shop for the holidays.

Inland Northwest Business Alliance does not endorse any companies on this list. Wherever possible, please support your local businesses and help your community thrive.

Target

Target has been the center of controversy this year over the trans bathroom debate. When people complained about the bathrooms transgender persons used, Target firmly reiterated that trans customers and employees could use whichever bathrooms match their gender identity.
Starbucks

From the beginning, Starbucks has sent a clear message to their customers – they support LGBT marriage equality. In a 2013 shareholder meeting, a shareholder complained to CEO Howard Schultz that marriage equality support was depleting their profits. His response?

“If you feel, respectfully, that you can get a higher return than the 38 percent you got last year, it’s a free country,” he responded. “You can sell your shares of Starbucks and buy shares in another company. Thank you very much.”

Zales Jewelers

If being targeted by One Million Moms is any indication that you’re doing something right, then Zales definitely makes the cut. This year, Zales released their “Love and Pride” collection, which promotes “equality, diversity and unity.” They also released a commercial depicting two women getting married.
Nike

In 2013, Nike launched a #BeTrue line to promote LGBT equality in the world of sports. Taking it a step further, they also donated $200,000 in proceeds toward the LGBT Sports Coalition. It was the largest donation Nike’s employee network made to a cause, according to Think Progress.
American Apparel

Clothing brand American Apparel is known for their LGBT campaigns, and recently released a clothing line as a celebration of gay pride month. Among the clothes were a tank top depicting a rainbow American flag, and a shirt that mocks Donald Trump with the phrase “Make America Gay Again.”

Money raised went towards the Human Rights Campaign – and to help establish an amendment to the Civil Rights Act that would ban discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

House of Representatives put LGBT rights at risk

Update 12/05/16: The Russell Amendment was removed from the National Defense Authorization Act after lawmakers received more than 342,000 petition signatures collected by the American Military Partner Association, American Civil Liberties Union, Americans United for Separation of Church and State, the Center for American Progress Action Fund, the Human Rights Campaign and other national organizations.


LGBT employment protections on the line; votes favor ‘religious freedom.’

Two separate votes represent a serious setback for LGBT employment protections.6080137063_71b986b12f_b Continue reading House of Representatives put LGBT rights at risk

Mike Pence attends ‘Hamilton’

The cast of the hit musical Hamilton is used to seeing celebrities in the audience, but politicians — especially ones as polarizing as vice president-elect Mike Pence — are rare.

But Pence was indeed at Friday night’s show in New York, with Secret Service in tow. Walking into the Richard Rodgers Theatre to boos and cheers, Pence waved to the crowd before sitting down. Many lines of the show, which focuses on founding father Alexander Hamilton and stars gay actors Javier Munoz (Hamilton) and Rory O’Malley (King George), seemed to directly address Pence, according to Billboard.

“George Washington’s line ‘Winning is easy, young man, governing’s harder’ got notable applause,” the magazine reports.

At the end of the show, actor Brandon Victor Dixon (Aaron Burr) directly addressed Pence:

“Vice president-elect, I see you walking out but I hope you will hear us,” said Dixon. “We are the diverse America who are alarmed and anxious that your new administration will not protect us, our planet, our children, our parents, or defend us and uphold our inalienable rights, sir. But we truly hope this show has inspired you to uphold our American values, and work on behalf of ALL of us. This wonderful show is an American story told by a diverse group of men, women of different colors, creeds, and orientations.” Watch his full speech below, via CNN.

Transgender Day of Remembrance

Written by Stacey Sampson

Boston, Massachusetts. November 28, 1998.  Rita Hester, an active, engaging, and widely known member of her local transgender community, is stabbed 20 times in her apartment. Moments after arriving at a hospital, owing to the 911 call placed by her neighbor, Rita dies from cardiac arrest. Nearly two decades since this horrendous murder, the case still remains unsolved.

One year following Rita’s death, transgender advocate and writer Gwendolyn Ann Smith organized a vigil dedicated to Rita and all other victims of transgender crimes. This also marked the inaugural Transgender Day of Remembrance, a day when individuals and organizations remember and honor the lives lost in acts of anti-transgender violence, in addition to highlighting much-needed attention upon the struggles members of this community face on a daily basis. Continue reading Transgender Day of Remembrance