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Archive for November, 2009

A Man of Values & Good Humor

Thursday, November 19th, 2009

When I die, my good friend Bob Witeck has promised he will notify people that I’m gone. Given Bob’s great skills as a public relations and marketing genius, he will undoubtedly make my passing seem like it was a significant event. It will be a bigger deal when Bob dies and, like so many of life’s injustices, his many accomplishments in the work world won’t be adequately noted. Though he wasn’t listed with Tom Ford, Lily Tomlin, Cherry Jones, and Neil Patrick Harris in The Advocate‘s predictably West Coast, star-dazed "Year in Review", Bob’s annual contributions to the everyday lives of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people far exceeds that of these gay celebrities. So too do his efforts on behalf of people with disabilities and those with HIV. Read more…

After ENDA, How Do You Get an “A”?

Thursday, November 12th, 2009

In order for any organization in the future to get 100% on the Human Rights Campaign’s (HRC) Corporate Equality Index (CEI), they will need to require that all of their senior managers go through my training on gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender issues in the workplace.

I just made that up. It’s not true. I threatened Daryl Herrschaft, my Ever-Ready buddy who pioneered workplace issues at HRC, developed the CEI, and is nearly impossible to get a hold of, that if he didn’t call or e-mail me with the information I requested I would say what I just said. The truth is, he did get back to me, but we’ve been wrestling for so long on the importance that should be given in the CEI to diversity training that I decided to say it anyway. Read more…

Ducky, Ducky, How’s Your Neighbor?

Thursday, November 5th, 2009

When I was a child, a favorite kindergarten game we played asked the question, "Ducky, ducky, how’s your neighbor?" The response was, "I don’t know, but I’ll go see." It was the tagged person’s job to then go ask the same question to another child.

In the adult version, the question is "Gay and transgender employees, how are your counterparts in other places?" And the answer today must be, "We don’t know, but we’ll go see." Gay and transgender people who work in corporate offices in New York need to find out how their counterparts are doing in Colorado Springs, Mobile, Singapore, and Dubai. Gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender employees in Toronto need to need to know what it’s like to work in Calgary and those in London need to address what’s happening in Bournemouth and Mumbai. If it isn’t ducky, all resources need to be pulled together to ensure that corporate policy transcends cultural and regional differences, even if same-sex intimacy is punishable by law in those sites. Read more…