Gay Men Offered Fewer Job Interviews
According to a study published today in the American Journal of Sociology, men whose resumes indicate that they’re gay are 40% less likely to be called in for job interviews, especially in the south or Midwest.
Pink News reports that Harvard University researcher Andras Tilcsik submitted two “realistic but fictitious” resumes to 1,700 white collar job openings. One indicated that the applicant had served as a treasurer of his college gay society, while the other mentioned involvement in the “Progressive and Socialist Alliance.”
Tilcsik reasoned that employers were likely to associate both applicants with similarly left-leaning political views, which would increase the likelihood of rejection being based solely on the gay affiliation.
The story says, “The results showed that applicants without the gay reference had an 11.5% chance of being called for an interview. However, [resumes] which mentioned the gay society had only a 7.2% chance. The difference amounted to a 40% higher chance of the heterosexual applicant getting a call.”
The study revealed that the largest differences in callback rates occurred in Florida, Ohio, and Texas, while the “applicants” were treated more equally in western and north eastern states such as California, Nevada, Pennsylvania, and New York.
“The results indicate that gay men encounter significant barriers in the hiring process because, at the initial point of contact, employers more readily disqualify openly gay applicants than equally qualified heterosexual applicants,” Tilcsik said.
Elton Claims Banker Reneged on Donation to AIDS Charity
A man who pledged £700,000 (or about US$1 million) for the Elton John AIDS Foundation is tied up in a legal battle with the music icon after failing to pay up.
Dubai-based Spencer Lodge pledged the donation in exchange for a "date" with John and his partner David Furnish, the Daily Mail reports. But the date, which was supposed to take place at John's White Tie and Tiara Ball, never occurred. Lodge has been asked by several supporters to pony up the donation anyway, but he has failed to hand over the funds.
Earlier this month, John issued a writ on behalf of his foundation with a high court, seeking the money that was pledged.
Out Coworkers Are Better Coworkers, Says Study
A new study says people who are open about their sexual orientation are better team players than those who aren’t.
The data, released by the Anderson School of Management at the University of California, Los Angeles, was the result of a study conducted using 50 undergraduate men, each of whom was paired with either an open or closeted gay man and given math problems and a Nintendo Wii shooting game to work through together over a period of six months.
The men who were paired with an openly gay partner performed on average 32% better on the math problems and 20% better on the Nintendo game than those whose partners were closeted.
According to researchers, the disclosure of sexual orientation cuts down on ambiguity, making the partnership less demanding psychologically.
Benjamin Everly, who conducted the survey along with fellow doctoral candidate Geoffrey Ho and associate professor of human resources and organizational behavior Margaret Shih, said that while the reason for the study was to contribute to existing research on personal interaction, “the more practical motivation had to do with the “don’t ask, don’t tell policy.’”
“There actually hasn’t been any experimental work to show performance is affected when someone with whom you are working discloses their sexual orientation,” he said.
Activists are hoping the research will build support for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act.
Target sells shirts to benefit equality advocates
Target Corp. is taking some heat for selling T-shirts to benefit a group that favors gay marriage. The retail giant recently unveiled several "Pride"-themed shirts, with proceeds to benefit the Family Equality Council. The group is one of several fighting a proposed constitutional amendment in Minnesota to ban gay marriage. Frank Schubert, a spokesman for one of the largest groups that favors the ban, tells Minnesota Public Radio ( http://bit.ly/LdxnXh ) the T-shirts are "a slap in the face to people of faith and supporters of marriage." Target says the T-shirts simply reinforce its long support of the LGBT community. The online T-shirt promotion marks an apparent turn for Target. The company was sharply criticized two years ago for donating $150,000 to support a candidate for governor who opposed same-sex marriage.
Stimulate the economy with marriage equality
New York City made quite a bit of money on gay marriage — 200,000 bucks, in fact.
Cash flow into the city’s marriage bureau shot up since August, when same-sex nups got enacted, according to the New York Post.
The office took in $2.26 million — up from $2 million during that same period in 2010, the newspaper reports.
From July 24, 2010 to Feb. 22, 2011 — the city clerk’s measurement period — New York issued 36,913 marriage licenses.
From July 24, 2011 to Feb. 22, 2012, however, the city gave out 41,967.
The five leaders of the Mayors for the Freedom to Marry movement mention the economic argument among other reasons as they make their case in a Chron op-ed.
In Boston, where gay and lesbian couples have been free to marry for more than seven years, it has been an important benefit to the city’s economy. According to a study by the Williams Institute at UCLA, the freedom to marry has encouraged same-sex couples to move to the city, in particular young, highly educated individuals – members of what has been called the “creative class” – who are vital to economic development in a post-industrial economy.
In New York, where same-sex couples have only been able to marry for a short time, we have already seen the benefits. Welcoming committed gay couples to the rights and responsibilities of marriage is resulting in an even more diverse, dynamic and forward-looking city.
In San Diego and Los Angeles, our gay and lesbian citizens had the opportunity to marry for four-and-a-half months in 2008 before the passage of Proposition 8, the initiative that amended the California Constitution and banned same-sex marriage. During that brief time, 18,000 couples married in California.
The four cities mentioned happen to be Mayored by four of those five aforementioned leaders. The fifth, of course, is Mayor Parker, who unfortunately cannot make any such boasts about her fair city. Not today, anyway. Five of the other Texas pro-marriage equality Mayors came to Parker’s defense with a press release that I’ve included below, and it’s a positive sign that all of the letters to the editor that the Chron printed about the Riggle crusade were in defense of Mayor Parker, but needless to say there’s a long, long way to go.
Anyway. It shouldn’t come as a surprise to learn that by making marriage available to a wider population, more people got married. All those extra marriage licenses added up to a nice little bit of extra revenue for the city. I’m sure a few of those happy couples came from other states, including Texas, to take advantage of what was not an option for them at home. New York appreciates your business, y’all. Someone should ask Pastor Riggle and Jared Woodfill why they favor exporting all these weddings to other states instead of keeping them here in Texas where they belong.
Texas members of Mayors for the Freedom to Marry today came out in support of Houston Mayor Annise Parker and her leadership and took a strong stand against calls for her to step down.
Mayors Lee Leffingwell of Austin, Bruce Smiley-Kaliff of Castle Hills, Joe Jaworski of Galveston, Lucy Johnson of Kyle, and A. David Marne of Shavano Park issued the following statement:
“Mayors for the Freedom to Marry, including mayors from across the Lone Star State, stand with Mayor Parker. Across Texas, there is a belief that all Texans deserve lives free from discrimination – equality under the law. Mayor Parker is upholding her duty to the citizens of Houston to provide a community that treats all her citizens with dignity and respect. She has joined the growing chorus of her colleagues who are speaking out publicly about this. Like us, she is doing it while still maintaining focus on the priorities of her office. It is outlandish and simply wrong that some would call for her resignation because of her leadership.”
Fired for Being LGBT? Here's How to Get Justice
The San Francisco–based National Center for Lesbian Rights, which provides legal assistance to all LGBT people, gets a steady stream of calls, emails, and letters from people fired from their jobs for simply being lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender. NCLR executive director Kate Kendell wants people to know how to immediately take action if they’ve been terminated for such a reason or feel they are about to be.
Gather Info: Find out if your state offers protections against employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, Kendell says. While there’s no federal law against firing a person for being LGBT, 21 states and Washington, D.C., prohibit sexual orientation discrimination, while 15 of these, plus D.C., also cover gender identity.
Think Locally: Even if you work in one of the states without protections, there are still options. Many cities and counties offer LGBT employment protections even if the state does not. Check online or call your City Hall to find out. Also, your former company may be on your side without you knowing it. Kendell suggests checking with the Human Rights Campaign to see if your employer has a policy protecting LGBT employees from discrimination; go to HRC.org/issues/workplace/search_employers.htm for the database.
Act Up: If you unfortunately work for a hostile employer and live in a place that leaves you vulnerable to discrimination, there's still some legal recourse. Ken-dell says, “Even though there’s no employment nondiscrimination law based on sexual orientation or gender identity, Title VII [of the Civil Rights Act of 1964] has been found through past cases to prohibit discrimination that is grounded in gender stereotypes, for example, a woman who is not sufficiently feminine.”
Put It in Writing: Kendell says that if you’re being discriminated against for your sexual orientation or gender identity, make sure to make a formal complaint with a human resources representative—and do it in writing. “If there’s not a satisfactory response and the harassment or discrimination continues, they can absolutely contact us or one of the other national LGBT organizations,” Kendell says. If you’ve already been terminated, write down everything you can remember about the harassment, especially the who, what, where, and when of the situation.
Where to find help
• NCLR takes workplace discrimination queries at firstname.lastname@example.org. The organization also has a
toll-free legal hotline:
• The Washington, D.C.–based National
Center for Trans-gender Equality works to advance the equality of transgender people through advocacy, collaboration, and empowerment. Go to TransEquality.org to learn more, and contact the group at NCTE@transequality.org or (202) 903-0112.
• The American Civil Liberties Union is a national legal organization that takes on cases of discrimination, many times involving sexual orientation or gender identity bias. To find the office nearest you, go to ACLU.org/affiliates.
• Lambda Legal, a national LGBT civil rights organization based in New York City, recommends reaching out to its nearest office if you need help. For a list of the five offices and their contact information, go to LambdaLegal.org/help.
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