IBM Steps Up Fight Against Texas Bathroom Bill

IBM, in a show of force against what it calls “discriminatory legislation,” is taking out full page ads in the upcoming Sunday editions of The Dallas Morning News, San Antonio Express-News and Austin American-Statesmanprotesting the proposal, which would limit which restrooms transgender people can use.

In addition, the company is sending 20 employees, including senior vice president for human resources Diane Gherson and chief diversity officer Lindsay-Rae McIntyre, to the state capitol Tuesday to oppose the bill in person.

“As one of the largest technology employers in Texas, IBM firmly opposes any measure that would harm the state’s LGBT+ community and make it difficult for businesses to attract and retain talented Texans,” The Dallas Morning Newsquotes the ads as reading.

The bathroom bill didn’t make it through the state legislature earlier this year, but Gov. Greg Abbott earlier this month said he planned to call legislators back for a special session to address a number of issues, including the controversial bill.

IBM is just one of several tech giants who have opposed the bill. GoogleAppleand Facebook have all pushed against the bill, as well as other issues that targeted transgender people. The company was equally vocal in its opposition of North Carolina’s similar bill last year.

SBA Office of Advocacy to host regulatory roundtable in Cd’A

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Thursday July 13th, the Office of Advocacy of the Small Business Administration will host a roundtable in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. The event will begin at 8:00 a.m. at the Best Western Plus.

The purpose of this event is to gain valuable insight into which specific federal regulatory burdens present the biggest barriers to small business growth. With these recommendations, Advocacy can better assist federal agencies in complying with President Trump’s directives to reduce burdensome regulations. Additionally, information compiled from this roundtable and others will help Advocacy generate a new report informing Congress and the public of the top regulatory issues for small businesses.  Continue reading SBA Office of Advocacy to host regulatory roundtable in Cd’A

Stories & Pictures from from Spokane’s Pride

By Paul Tiesse

Click here for the full photo album from Spokane Pride 2017

On June 10th, OutSpokane kicked off the 26th Pride parade in downtown Spokane with the theme of “May the Pride Be with You”. On a sunny day, more than 15,000 people enjoyed the parade, Rainbow Festival, an all-ages dance and ending the evening with fireworks.

At noon, the Spokane Dykes Who Bike kicked off the parade with a thunderous roar.

Following them, as has now become a tradition, was a military honor guard and what will become a new tradition a large rainbow flag carried by various community members.

The parade had the traditional entries such as various churches, social agencies, medical groups, Bears and Leather men, Spokane Lesbian group(FB) and politicians canvasing for votes. Entries that stood out included a LGBTA law section, Q-Law, LGBTQ Veterans and Active Duty Support, Veterans for Peace and the Salish School of Spokane.

The Spokane Fire Department was well represented as well as the Spokane Police Department, both showcasing their departments’ vehicle and equipment power. Reaching out for the LGBTA dollar were financial institutions and retailers JC Penny and Nordstrom.

Some of the largest groups that marched were from Planned Parenthood and Kaiser Permanente.

In this uncertain political environment, the Spokane Trans People group, N.O.W., NAACP were well represented. It would not be a parade without the Spokane Drag community and Royalty, and a large contingent from Nyne.

This year’s Community Grand Marshall was Jenny Seibert, Ally Grand Marshall Rose Wardian and Youth Grand Marshall Liam Boyd.

After the parade, there were large crowds at the Resource and Business Fair, the family friendly area, and the beer garden all located in the Lilac Meadow of Riverfront Park.

OutSpokane should be congratulated for all their hard work for another successful Pride Week.

Pride Across Washington

Seattle Pride gets the most attention in the Northwest, and Spokane’s Pride claims the prize for largest in the Inland Northwest, but it’s the smaller pride celebrations that deserve the most praise. In traditionally conservative areas, with a smaller population and fewer resources to organise and execute Pride celebrations, cities like Yakima, Coeur d’Alene, Tri-Cites, and Vancouver, WA are making sure the voices of their LGBTQA community are speaking out. Many from Spokane make plans to visit Seattle pride 2 weeks after Spokane’s, and we encourage everyone to visit the smaller Pride celebrations, to make the most of Pride Month.

Shout out to the city of Yakima for declaring their first ever official Pride Week! Continue reading Pride Across Washington

Scenes from Seattle: Pride Parade and PrideFest 2017

A pride flag waves atop the Space Needle. (Kjell Redal / The Seattle Times)

Seattle Times Reporter  curated a series of pictures, tweets, and stories from Seattle’s Pride celebrations on Saturday, June 25th. Check out the story at SeattleTimes.com 

Another photo album (100+ images) from SeattleRefined really shows off the crowds, and the tens of thousands of supporters and parade participants celebrating in downtown Seattle on a beautiful sunny saturday.

July Networking Lunch: Lee Taylor, All In for Washington

Please note, the location has been changed to Centerplace Event Center in Spokane Valley and the presenter is now Lee Taylor.

Join INBA on Wednesday, July 12, for our monthly networking lunch, featuring guest speaker Lee Taylor from All In for Washington.

All In For Washington is a statewide effort to clean up the tax code so that all communities in Washington thrive. We know we can do great things when we all chip in our resources together to achieve the amazing things we could never accomplish alone.

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Spokane Human Rights Commission adds Lance Kissler as Commissioner, publishes LGBTQIA Resource Guide

From Lance Kissler, INBA Board Member and former Board President: I’m honored to have been unanimously appointed by the Spokane City Council at their regular meeting today to serve as a Commissioner on the City of Spokane Human Rights Commission. Please feel free to like my new page, where I’ll be sharing the latest about human rights topics, issues, and events. As a Commissioner, I promise to advocate on behalf of those who reside in the Spokane area who may not have a voice and may face discrimination.


The City of Spokane Human Rights Commission has also created an LGBTQIA resource guide for public distribution and use. If you have suggestions for other areas of concern or would like a PDF version for printing please email : ashley.torres@spokanehumamrightscommission.org

LGBTQIA Resource Guide

Posted by City of Spokane Human Rights Commission on Thursday, June 15, 2017

 

Pride Week Karaoke Another Huge Hit

By Charles Smaltz

On Wednesday, July 7th, INBA Hosted the LGBTQA Community for a Special Pride Week event. Early Bird Karaoke, A summer hot dog buffet, Tito’s drink specials and awesome INBA Member Gift Certificates, Special gift packages and prizes were given out throughout the night. Over 60 people attended throughout the night.

INBA members and many from LGBTQA community enjoyed the event and all want us to do it again next year! Watch for upcoming “Early Bird Karaoke” nights as well. Many comments about how much many people liked it! For those who attended Kitty the owner of nYne (who rarely performs/sings karaoke ) was one of the many who performed songs. There were many really amazing singers and much fun had by all!