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Archive for February, 2009

Too Many “A”s from HRC

Thursday, February 26th, 2009

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) gives out too many "100%" ratings to corporations. Read more…

Do You “Out” a Gay Employee Whose Spouse Has Died?

Thursday, February 19th, 2009

"I recently had a male employee that lost his Life Partner. I did struggle with how to share the news as while he is somewhat open about his relationship I wasn’t really sure how to handle the situation. I know his close personal friends/co-workers knew of his relationship but I didn’t want to share too much with the branch. However, looking at it from my perspective, if I lost my husband, I would want everyone to know so they could be sensitive to the issue."

Thank you for your thoughtfulness and sensitivity. Your instincts are right on target. Read more…

The FBI & Gay Issues

Thursday, February 12th, 2009

The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) had, as of the first of the year, 31,676 employees of which nearly 13,000 are special agents. Several years ago, my friend Mary Lee Tatum told me that she was at a Washington D.C. dinner party at which an FBI agent stated with full conviction to a room full of politicians and other capitol insiders that there were no homosexuals in the FBI. "Everyone at the table laughed," she said.

During the 48 years in which J. Edgar Hoover was the director of the FBI, there were probably no openly gay or transgender people in the organization. But today, there are, of course, out and proud gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people who work for the agency, as well as many, many men and women who are our strong allies there. Read more…

It Really Does Take One to Know One

Friday, February 6th, 2009

In my youth, if someone called you a "homo" or a "moron," the reply was usually, "It takes one to know one," meaning "You’d have to be a homo to recognize another homo." It was an inane comment but it usually shut them up more effectively than "So is your mother."

Today, that same phrase, "It takes one to know one," has a completely different and much richer meaning for me. Read more…