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Archive for November, 2008

A Recipe for Success

Wednesday, November 26th, 2008

Since writing this week’s entry, I have watched with a broken heart the reports on the terrorist attacks in Mumbai in which approximately 195 people to date have died. Beyond the death toll, the horror for our dear friends in and from India is the awareness that life will never be the same in their beloved country, any more than it could be in the United States after the terrorist attack on September 11. For we Americans, our sense of safety was forever lost. For those in India, their pride in caring well from their guests has evaporated. The terrorists sought out Americans and British citizens in Mumbai and the people of that country who were the hosts of those murdered visitors are livid and ashamed. Read more…

Pay It Forward

Thursday, November 20th, 2008

Last night at the dinner table, I heard from friends about being in line for coffee at Starbucks and learning at the counter that the person ahead of them had paid for their coffee. It’s called "paying it forward." Another friend related how her father would always pay the bridge toll of the car behind him. At the grocery store, I like to donate to their food bank whatever money it says on my sales receipt that I saved on my shopping that day. So, what if at next year’s Out & Equal Conference, there’s a session in which every gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender Employee Resource Group reports in on how they paid it forward in the last year? Read more…

Grumpy Religious Troublemakers No More

Friday, November 14th, 2008

She was either a dour lesbian who hated men or a fundamentalist Christian who hated gay people. It turned out that she was a conservative Catholic (today that sounds repetitious) of unknown orientation. She scowled at me for an hour and a half as her 200 colleagues laughed, cried, nodded affirmation, and clapped all around her. I was speaking about gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender issues in the workplace at Eli Lilly as a man who grew up in an Irish Catholic household and was educated for sixteen years in Catholic schools, and she didn’t want me to talk about the Church. Read more…

“Gay” Trumps “Religious Views” in the Workplace

Saturday, November 8th, 2008

"What seems very strange to me," declared the banking executive during the role-play feedback session, "is the impression given here that ‘gay’ trumps ‘religious views.’ There’s something wrong with that." Read more…