LGBTI advocacy group publishes guidelines for firms to support transgender staff

‘There are great disparities in workplace equality that disproportionately affect the transgender community,’ said Out & Equal Founder and CEO Selisse Berry in the forward to the guide.

‘The Workplace Gender Identity and Transition Guidelines emerged from overwhelming requests from our corporate partners asking how to best support their transgender and gender-diverse employees.

‘Fortune 1000 companies reached out to us wanting to fully understand how to best support their transgender employees and coworkers.’

‘I am proud of the guidelines we’re presenting and confident that they will foster more inclusive policies and more welcoming workplaces for everyone in the LGBT community.’

‘This a brilliant and very welcomed initiative by Out & Equal,’ she told Gay Star Business.

‘Too many organizations exclude transgendered employees in their polices and guidelines. I’m really pleased that this new guide covers non-binary employees as well as those who wish to transition. This is essential reading for all employers.’

Its annual Workplace Summit is expected to attract 3,000 attendants to the Hilton Antole Hotel in Dallas. Speakers including the openly gay Mayor of Houston, Annise Parker; former NBA player Jason Collins; and Frank Bagiano, Chairman of First Data Corporation.



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Australia foreign minister announces support for gay marriage

Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said she has ‘absolutely no concerns’ about gay marriage.

Deputy leader of the Liberal party Bishop, said that she supported the government’s plans for a costly plebiscite.

‘I have absolutely no concerns about it myself, but I know there a lot of people who are deeply concerned about the issue,’ she said.

‘That’s why I think a plebiscite, where the Australian people get to have a vote on it, on an issue as fundamental as this, that goes to the very composition of our community, the way we feel about each other, how we treat each other.

‘I think the Australian people should have their say.’

The popular minister previously declined to share her personal views on the issue.

Her support was welcomed by Advocates, saying it increases the likelihood of reform passing parliament or a plebiscite.

‘To have the leader and deputy leader of the Liberal Party both supporting marriage equality shows the campaign for equality is working and the momentum for reform is unstoppable,’ said Rodney Croome, national director of Australian Marriage Equality.

‘We are now only seven votes short of a majority in parliament.

‘Whether marriage equality is put to a vote in parliament or a vote of the people, the support of such a well respected and popular member of the government as Ms Bishop will be crucial to success.

‘Our preference is for a vote in parliament because it will be quicker and cheaper, but we are optimistic about success in a plebiscite as well.’

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