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Earlier this month, HRC Mississippi joined Toyota of Mississippi for their inaugural LGBTQ Pride Month observance at the company's plant in Blue Springs. Spectrum, the company’s newly formed employee resource group, organized the event, which was an opportunity to introduce the new group and its mission to the larger organization. Rob Hill, HRC Mississippi State Director, attended the event to discuss HRC’s work in Mississippi and report on the recent #LoveYourNeighbor campaign, an LGBTQ awareness initiative in northeast Mississippi funded largely through a grant from Toyota of Mississippi in 2016.

At the end of the event, Toyota announced that it is granting HRC Foundation an additional $20,000 to extend the #LoveYourNeighbor campaign to further raise awareness of LGBTQ issues in northeast Mississippi. 

For ten consecutive years, Toyota has earned a perfect score on HRC’s Corporate Equality Index (CEI), which is the national benchmarking tool on corporate policies and practices pertinent to LGBTQ employees.

Toyota is also a partner of Time to THRIVE, HRC Foundation's the annual national conference to promote safety, inclusion and well-being for LGBTQ youth everywhere. Toyota (through their Lexus mark) has been an HRC National Corporate Partner since 2009. 

HRC is grateful for Toyota's long-time partnership and the company's investment through its plant in Mississippi. We look forward to extending the #LoveYourNeighbor campaign across the Magnolia State.


Author: Rob Hill
Posted: June 23, 2017, 9:08 pm

Back in 2013-2014, I had the incredible opportunity of working as the lead coordinator of a team of Arkansas In-Person Assister Guides (IPAs) during the roll out of Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) in the state. I personally witnessed how the ACA changed the landscape of healthcare access in Arkansas and health literacy among every day Arkansans. In fact, the Natural State had the largest drop in uninsured people nationwide, plunging from 22.3 percent of the general population to 10.2 percent, according to Gallup. Some 360,000 Arkansans gained access to health care coverage, 250,000 of which through the state’s innovative Medicaid expansion program, the Private Option.

Arkansas’ new model for Medicaid expansion, the Private Option, allowed people who earned too much for Medicaid (around $12,000 for a single individual), but too little to qualify for subsidies offered under the federal market place (below 138 percent of the federal poverty level or $16,000 for a single individual) to access Medicaid through private insurance carriers.  Closing that gap alone meant that a quarter of a million people gained healthcare coverage. Among them were hundreds of the 5,584 HIV+ Arkansans who were able to get full coverage for anti-retroviral medication for the first time.  Many had been wait-listed for Ryan White Programs and the AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP).  Many had been denied coverage due to pre-existing conditions. Many simply could not afford the exorbitant cost of their medications.

Now, with the impending repeal and replacement of the ACA with President Trump’s health care plan, many Arkansans could lose life-saving preventive health care, taking them back to square one. One population that is likely to be hit hardest is African American men who have sex with men (MSMs) aged 13-24. While this group represents a mere 3 percent of the state population, it accounts for 50 percent of new infections. Under the House and Senate repeal bills, immediate treatment after a HIV diagnosis could become elusive, as their plans rely heavily on refundable tax credits and prohibit Planned Parenthood from participating in essential public health programs. To learn how the new health care bill could affect the LGBTQ community nationwide, visit hrc.im/Healthcare.


Author: Kendra Johnson
Posted: June 23, 2017, 8:35 pm

This year for the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, the HRC Foundation is launching an online campaign to tell the stories of LGBTQ Muslims and their allies. Ramadan is the holiest month in the Islamic calendar when God revealed the Qur’an to Prophet Muhammad. During this time, Muslims, including LGBTQ Muslims, fast from dawn until dusk and are encouraged to pray, read the Qur’an and give to charity.

We hope the reflections offered every week starting May 27 until Ramadan culminates in Eid al-Fitr on June 25, will bless souls, revive spirits, renew minds and strengthen bodies. These stories will be hosted on the HRC website and on Twitter and Facebook.

This post comes from Ani Zonneveld, President of Muslims for Progressive Values (MPV) and member of HRC's Religion Council

Ramadan Reflections: EID MUBARAK

I am reminded how the holy month of Ramadan has become a season of Thanksgiving. With a packed calendar of 'iftars' --  breaking of fast with our Muslim and non-Muslim members of our community --, I am genuinely inspired and hopeful by how different communities can come together to express that thanksgiving and gratitude.

H​ere in the ​U.S., ensuring the rights of all people is one of the guiding principles for Muslims for Progressive Values (MPV). We have been advocating for LGBTQ equality for 10 years, including producing theological Islamic content that empowers and affirms LGBTQ Muslims. After the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, many Islamic religious institutions and leaders collectively denounced the attack on the LGBTQ community but we took it to the next level,  challenging the Muslim community to do away with anti-LGBTQ teachings.

Sadly​ though​, intolerance continues to breed in many different forms. We’ve seen an increase in violence around the globe and attacks on LGBTQ people in Indonesia, Malaysia, Bangladesh and Chechnya. However, we will not let the tragedies deter us from marching forward together.

In a few days, MPV and HRC will jointly host a booth at the Islamic Society of North America Convention (ISNA) in Chicago, ​the ​heart of the ​largest annual convening of conservative Muslims from North America.

Our presence at the ISNA convention is a clear indication that we are charting a new path forward. It is because the long time partnership between MPV and HRC is stronger than ever. Our desire to work together has never been greater, and our commitment to eradicating hatred and intolerance will continue until love conquers hate. It is these relationships that matter as we chart our path out of darkness.

As Ramadan comes to a close with the onset of Eid al-Fitr, ​we invite you to celebrate Eid with us in Washington, D.C., at an event co-hosted by MPV-DC chapter and HRC Foundation on July 1.

On this joyous occasion of Eid al-Fitr, may God bless you with happiness and grace your home with warmth, peace and love. Happy Eid or Eid Mubarak!


Author: HRC staff
Posted: June 23, 2017, 8:00 pm

HRC called on the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee to reject two of Trump’s recent federal judicial nominees: John Bush, nominated to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit; and Damien Schiff, nominated to the U.S. Court of Federal Claims.

Schiff has been unabashed in his anti-LGBTQ views. He has called Anthony Kennedy a “judicial prostitute,” opposed anti-bullying policies, opposed the decriminalization of same-sex relationships, and has been a longtime critic of marriage equality.

Bush has similarly criticized rulings striking down sodomy laws targeting LGBTQ people, has complained about updating passport forms to be inclusive of same-sex parents, and compared abortion access to slavery.

In letters to the Senate Judiciary Committee today, HRC reviewed their long public track records of both candidates speaking out against the equality of LGBTQ people and their families and called on the Committee to reject his nomination.  Last week, both nominees appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee, where they failed to distance themselves from offensive blog posts disparaging LGBTQ people and failed to show that they could produce impartial judgements based upon fact rather than ideology.

“Bush and Schiff are truly unfit to serve in our federal courts and pose a serious threat to LGBTQ people and minority communities across the nation,” said Sarah Warbelow, HRC Legal Director. “Throughout their careers, each has demonstrated contempt for LGBTQ people in their dangerous online writing. These nominees represent an alarming trend of the Trump/Pence Administration appointing individuals who will roll back vital protections for marginalized people. HRC is calling on the U.S. Senate to reject the nominations of John Bush and Damien Schiff and urges the Trump administration to bring forward fair-minded nominees to serve as federal judges.”

During his hearing, Damien Schiff defended his blog post in which he called Justice Anthony Kennedy a “judicial prostitute”. Schiff’s blog also included his writings:

A sampling of John Bush’s most appalling blog posts and writings include:


Author: Aaron Rodriguez
Posted: June 23, 2017, 7:28 pm

Today, HRC responded to reports that the Pentagon may delay implementation of the final piece of a policy put into place by the Obama administration that allows qualified transgender people to serve in the Armed Forces. While transgender service members serve openly today thanks to a change implemented last year under the previous administration, a final piece of the policy that will allow qualified transgender people to enter the military has yet to go into effect. Implementation had been scheduled to go into place by July 1, 2017, but may now be delayed by six months.

"Each day that passes without implementing the final piece of this important policy harms our military readiness and restricts the Armed Forces ability to recruit the best and the brightest,” said Stephen Peters, HRC National Press Secretary and Marine veteran discharged under Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. “There are thousands of transgender service members openly and proudly serving our nation today, and as they've proven time and time again, what matters is the ability to get the job done — not their gender identity. We’re disappointed that a further delay is under consideration and urge Secretary Mattis to move forward expeditiously in implementing this recruitment policy which will strengthen our forces by allowing anyone who is qualified and willing to serve our nation."

On June 30, 2016, the Pentagon lifted the ban on transgender people serving openly in the U.S. military, joining eighteen other nations, including the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, and Israel, which allow transgender people to serve openly in their militaries. Immediately following the policy’s announcement, transgender people already serving in the military were able to do so openly and were no longer able to be discharged simply because of their gender identity. The final piece of this policy which may be delayed by six months will allow qualified transgender recruits to enter the military.

There are an estimated 15,500 actively serving transgender members of the U.S. military, making the Department of Defense (DoD) the largest employer of transgender people in America.  Like their lesbian, gay, and bisexual counterparts, transgender people were previously barred from serving openly in the United States military. However, unlike the repealed statutory ban that prohibited lesbian, gay, and bisexual service members from serving openly (known as “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”), the ban on transgender military service was regulatory and only required action by the Secretary of Defense.

Thousands of transgender people have served with honor and distinction in our military, including the more than 134,000 transgender veterans who are alive today.  As transgender service members risk their lives around the world—sometimes in combat zones—the previous ban made them unable to be their authentic selves or seek the medical care they needed.  This had negative implications for our nation’s military readiness.  A service member who is able to be open and honest about their gender identity and receive appropriate care is more productive and focused on the mission.  In addition, the military was discharging highly trained and talented transgender service members on the basis of regulations that were nearly forty years out of date.


Author: Stephen Peters
Posted: June 23, 2017, 6:28 pm

As Congress moves closer to gutting the Affordable Care Act, access to Planned Parenthood health centers are hanging in the balance. Here’s why that would have a devastating impact for LGBTQ Americans -- and why today, HRC and Planned Parenthood are joining forces on a Digital Day of Action. Join us and #Unite4TheFight!

As many as 23 million people will lose health insurance if Trump and his allies in Congress succeed in destroying the Affordable Care Act. Not only that -- they are seeking to “defund” Planned Parenthood in the process by barring Medicaid recipients -- low-income individuals -- from accessing Planned Parenthood health centers across the nation. That would have catastrophic impact on LGBTQ people who disproportionately rely on Planned Parenthood to access birth control, educational resources, and preventive health services, including HIV testing, and transition-related care.

“We provide safe, affordable care without judgment or stigma to 2.5 million people each year, including more than 4.2 million tests and treatments for STIs and more than 650,000 HIV tests,”said Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards in an email to HRC supporters this morning.  “And we are proud to be one of the country’s largest providers of health care to transgender people.”

Planned Parenthood health centers are often the only culturally-competent healthcare available, especially in rural and isolated areas. Planned Parenthood is the only provider where transgender and gender non-conforming individuals can receive care and feel safe disclosing their gender identity in these places.

The effort to strip Planned Parenthood of vital federal funding in the Senate bill would have devastating effects for LGBTQ people, particularly transgender people, who rely on the organization for care.

That’s why today, Planned Parenthood is joining forces with HRC to make this a Digital Day of Action. Now is the time to stand with Planned Parenthood and the millions of LGBTQ Americans, women, and other marginilized communities who rely on our health center doctors, nurses and staff for quality, affirming care.

HRC President Chad Griffin and Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards will join forces on a #Unite4theFight Twitter Swap Friday afternoon from 2-3pm ET. Follow along as they trade Twitter accounts @HRC & @PPact -- and join in using the hashtag #Unite4theFight.

You can also text “HRC PP” to 30644 and we’ll connect you directly to your Senators’ offices so you can tell them that you stand with HRC & Planned Parenthood in opposing cuts to critical health care services that the LGBTQ community relies on. Congress is moving quick so we have no choice but to be even quicker – let’s light up their phones today!


Author: Hayley Miller
Posted: June 23, 2017, 1:16 pm

HRC OPPOSES SENATE REPUBLICANS’ SHAMEFUL, SECRETIVE PROPOSAL TO RIP HEALTH COVERAGE FROM MILLIONS OF AMERICANS: The Human Rights Campaign strongly condemns the Senate Republicans’ hatched-in-secret proposal to gut the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and undermine access to health care for as many as 23 million Americans. If it passes, this bill will have a disproportionately negative impact on LGBTQ people. “If the Trump-McConnell health care bill becomes law, it will threaten the lives of countless Americans,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “For LGBTQ people, who already face health care disparities, this proposal is downright dangerous. Both the House and Senate versions of the bill gut core provisions of the Affordable Care Act and cut off tens of millions of Americans from life-saving health care coverage while increasing out-of-pocket costs. This unconscionable proposal -- drafted behind closed doors, without public input -- is a disturbingly harmful bill that Senators must reject.” Read more from HRC.

Senate bill to gut #ACA would hurt LGBTQ people and our families. Here's why: https://t.co/5KiXleCsqV pic.twitter.com/sjId5SMYgy

— HumanRightsCampaign (@HRC) June 22, 2017

TODAY -- HRC AND PLANNED PARENTHOOD JOIN FORCES FOR A DIGITAL DAY OF ACTION: As Trump, Pence and McConnell plot the destruction of health care and the “defunding” of Planned Parenthood by blocking patients on Medicaid from receiving care at PPFA clinics -- HRC and Planned Parenthood are joining forces on a “Digital Day of Action” to highlight how catastrophic this would be for the LGBTQ community. Planned Parenthood is a crucial health care provider for the LGBTQ community, from birth control to resources for LGBTQ youth to preventive care services -- like the nearly 700,000 HIV tests PPFA administers each year. Planned Parenthood is also one of the largest providers of care to transgender people across the United States. Today, HRC and PPFA launched a new video -- WATCH HERE -- and will be holding a “Twitter Swap” featuring HRC President Chad Griffin & Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards from 2-3pm ET.  Follow along @HRC @PPACT and tweet with us using hashtag #Unite4TheFight !

#HATEWATCH -- TRUMP ADMINISTRATION ENDORSES EXTREMIST ANTI-LGBTQ ORGANIZATION: At 1pm ET, Vice President Mike Pence is scheduled to speak on behalf of the administration at the anniversary celebration of Focus on the Family, an organization dedicated to undermining LGBTQ people and families. Focus on the Family promotes the dangerous and abusive practice of ‘conversion therapy,’ lobbies against allowing LGBTQ people to adopt children who need homes, and opposes anti-bullying efforts in schools. Their views are not just antiquated — they are dangerous and wrong. And for the Vice President of the United States to lend credibility to them is beyond shocking. More from HRC.

BREAKING: Fifth Circuit clears the way for anti-#LGBTQ #HB1523 to become law in #Mississippi. #RepealHB1523 https://t.co/XpgrEXCHN3 pic.twitter.com/kCAd8pK70Y

— HumanRightsCampaign (@HRC) June 22, 2017

THE WORST ANTI-LGBTQ LAW IN THE NATION -- MISSISSIPPI’S “LICENSE TO DISCRIMINATE” ANTI-LGBTQ LAW CLEARED TO GO INTO EFFECT: Mississippi’s HB 1523, a law that allows almost any individual or organization to justify discrimination against LGBTQ people, single mothers, unwed couples and others, can go into effect, a panel of the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled. Rob Hill, Mississippi Director for the Human Rights Campaign, said of HB 1523 and the Court’s decision: "It targets the LGBTQ community and it is a deliberate attempt to undermine marriage equality and the dignity of LGBTQ Mississippians who lawmakers have sworn to serve and protect. We will continue to fight tooth and nail against HB 1523 until it no longer threatens our community." Read more from HRC, US News & World Report, and The Clarion-Ledger.

● Meanwhile, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced yesterday that four states are being added to the state-sponsored travel ban because of efforts to enshrine discrimination against LGBTQ people into law. He condemned the “scourge of discrimination” against LGBT individuals in Alabama, Kentucky, South Dakota and Texas. Mississippi is already on the list, along with Kansas, North Carolina and Tennessee. Read more at SFGate.

TODAY, ON 45TH ANNIVERSARY OF TITLE IX, HRC CALLS ON SEC OF ED BETSY DEVOS TO COMMIT TO ENFORCING IT: In a powerful op-ed for The Advocate, Jordan Dashow, Policy Coordinator at HRC, speaks as a survivor of sexual assault about the essential protections guaranteed by Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972. The law requires colleges and universities to respond to cases of sexual violence -- including when the survivor is LGBTQ. Jordan tells his story, and underscores the importance of not just the law, but also the Department of Education’s commitment to enforcing it -- a commitment that Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos is placing in jeopardy. Read his op-ed at The Advocate.

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Transitioning Together: Great Big Story profiles Corey Maison and her mother, Eric Maison.  Corey came out as a transgender girl when she was around 10 years old, and a few years later, her mother, Eric, came out as a transgender man. Today, Corey and Eric are fully embracing life as their authentic selves, and supporting each other every step of the way. Watch the video here.

TIME TO APOLOGIZE FOR “LAVENDER SCARE”: Senator Ben Cardin, (D-MD), and 18 cosponsors have introduced legislation that would issue a formal Congressional apology to LGBTQ employees of the U.S. State Department who were targeted, harassed and fired as part of the infamous “Lavender Scare” witch hunt in the 1950s and 1960s. Read more from HRC.

“MY CREDENTIALS FOR THIS OFFICE ARE NOT BASED ON MY GENDER”: The Washington Blade’s Michael K. Lavers (@mklavers81) profiles Virginia House of Delegates candidate Danica Roem, who, if elected, would become the first transgender person to hold office in any state legislature in the country. She is running against anti-LGBTQ House of Delegates member Bob Marshall (R-Prince William County), and stresses that her gender identity is not the focus of her campaign -- she cares about local issues and “champions the things [people] believe in.” More from Washington Blade.

ONE MONTH LATER, REFLECTIONS ON MARRIAGE EQUALITY IN TAIWAN: On May 24, Taiwan’s Constitutional Court approved marriage equality in a first for Asia, ruling that same-sex couples have a “freedom of marriage” that must be protected. In a piece for The Daily Beast, HRC Global Innovator Darius Zheng writes about the landmark nature of the ruling, exploring how the decision could help advance the future of LGBTQ rights in Asia. “I remain hopeful that the human right to love who we want will one day become a reality throughout the continent,” Zheng says.  Read the entire piece at The Daily Beast.

INDIAN WORKPLACES ARE BECOMING MORE TRANSGENDER-INCLUSIVE: Companies in India, including Kochi Metro Rail, the first government-owned company to actively recruit staff from the transgender community, are changing dress codes, bathroom signage, and other policies to make their workplaces more welcoming and inclusive for employees who identify as transgender. More from Reuters.

DOCTORS IN TEXAS WORKING TO PROTECT TRANSGENDER PATIENTS FROM HIV: The Kind Clinic in Austin not only offers hormone therapy to transgender patients, it aims to earn the trust of the transgender population, writes Alexandra Zavis (@alexzavis) in the Los Angeles Times. In doing so, it hopes that the clinic’s healthcare professionals will be able to persuade those at high risk of contracting HIV of the importance of taking PrEP, the HIV-prevention regimen. More from Los Angeles Times.

MTV HAS #EYESONCHECHNYA: In a video released Thursday, MTV News takes us through what we know about the horrible situation in Chechnya, where gay and bisexual men are being rounded up, locked in secret prisons, tortured and even murdered by their own government. Read more from HRC, and watch the video here.

READING RAINBOW

SFGate reports that support is pouring in for ex-NFL player Ryan O’Callaghan, who recently came out….Boston Globe profiles Nikos Giannopoulos, the teacher of the year from Beacon Charter High School for the Arts who posed with a fan for his picture in the Oval Office; NBC Out features writer Gabby Rivera, who is bringing LGBTQ superheros and heroines to life in comic books;

Have news? Send us your news and tips at AMEquality@hrc.org. Click here to subscribe to #AM_Equality and follow @HRC for all the latest news. Thanks for reading!


Author: HRC staff
Posted: June 23, 2017, 1:14 pm

This post originally appeared on "The Advocate."

When I was in high school, I was told college would be the best four years of my life. And as a closeted high school student planning on coming out as gay on my first day at Tufts University, I thought that would be the case. Instead, my four years at Tufts were defined by the most traumatic event of my life—being sexually assaulted by another male student. During those four years, I had to deal with the emotional and mental impact of being assaulted. But I also learned my rights as a sexual assault survivor under Title IX, a vital federal law that Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos may now be threatening to undermine.

The night after I was sexually assaulted, I didn’t know how to process what had happened. So I didn’t. For nearly a year and a half, I tried to erase memories of that night despite knowing deep down that I had been sexually assaulted. But by my junior year, I was no longer able to keep those memories locked away. I quickly developed PTSD-related symptoms, including depression, and felt unsafe walking on my own campus.

After much consideration, I decided to file a complaint through Tufts’ Sexual Misconduct Adjudication Process. The process was arduous. It took more than six months, and the person who sexually assaulted me, despite initially being found responsible for the attack, was simply put on probation and allowed to remain on campus. I appealed the decision and, thankfully, as a result my assailant was suspended for my senior year and a no contact order was put in place—an order that should have been put in place much earlier in the process.

Although the process was far from ideal, I would have had limited recourse without both Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and the Department of Education’s commitment to enforcing it. Thanks to Title IX, colleges and universities are obligated to respond to sexual violence—including when the survivor is LGBTQ.

Sadly, Tufts has a long history of mishandling sexual violence. In 2008, Tufts told a student who had been sexually assaulted by another student that the university had no responsibility to address her complaint. When her grades suffered because of the trauma, Tufts forced her to leave the school.  What changed in the time between her experience and when I reported my assault? It was a 2011 letter from the Department of Education to universities, outlining their obligations under Title IX to respond to sexual violence. While this was a responsibility schools always bore under Title IX, the letter explained to universities what specific actions they were expected to take to comply with the law. This letter, coupled with the advocacy of students and former students, was key to putting pressure on universities to address sexual violence.

Considering all of this, I was disturbed to hear Secretary DeVos refuse to commit to retaining the sexual assault guidance during her confirmation hearing. Rescinding this guidance would sow confusion among colleges and universities as to their responsibilities to address sexual violence.

We need a strong commitment by Secretary DeVos that she and the Department of Education  will continue to vigorously investigate complaints of Title IX violations. I saw firsthand the importance of strong enforcement of Title IX. During my senior year at Tufts, the Department of Education found the university in violation of the law for its pattern of mishandling sexual assault and harassment complaints. That announcement, paired with student activism and protests, led Tufts to make several changes to their efforts to prevent and respond to sexual assaults.

While I’m sure there are still many survivors at Tufts who are not able to obtain justice, the Title IX guidance and federal enforcement played an important role in equipping myself and other students to push university officials to do more to address sexual violence on campus.

Studies show that LGBTQ students face similar or higher rates of sexual violence than their straight and cisgender counterparts.  These student survivors need the Title IX guidance and to know that the government will take our complaints seriously. Today, on the 45th anniversary of Title IX, I call on Secretary DeVos and the Trump Administration to commit to both preserving this important guidance and vigorously enforcing the law.

If you need to speak to a sexual assault service provider in your area, you can call the National Sexual Assault Telephone Hotline at 800-656-4673.


Author: Jordan Dashow
Posted: June 23, 2017, 1:00 pm

Pemex, una de las empresas más grandes de México, celebra la diversidad LGBTQ y la inclusión a través de un nuevo video. El clip, que contó con la participación de algunos de los más de 150,000 empleados, refleja la importancia del Índice Corporativo de Igualdad (CEI, por sus siglas en inglés) y los programas de HRC Equidad MX de la Fundación HRC.

Desde diciembre de 2016, HRC Equidad MX ha estado trabajando con empresas mexicanas, como Pemex, la compañía más grande de petróleo y gas en México, para aumentar la concienciación sobre la importancia de la diversidad LGBTQ y su inclusión en los centros de trabajo en México. El programa crea modelos de consultoría y educación para empresas y organizaciones mexicanas interesadas en promover sus esfuerzos por la inclusión.

Berenice López Martínez, subgerente de Inclusión Social de Pemex, habló con HRC sobre su rol como líder de la diversidad en México:

Desde 2015, Petróleos Mexicanos cuenta con una Estrategia de Inclusión Social en materia de igualdad de género, no discriminación e inclusión laboral de mujeres, personas con discapacidad y población LGBTI diseñada en alianza con el Programa de las Naciones Unidas para el Desarrollo (PNUD México) para crear ambientes laborales incluyentes y respetuosos.

Derivado de lo anterior, en 2016, Pemex creó la Red por la Diversidad, el primer grupo de trabajadoras y trabajadores quienes se autodescriben como parte de la comunidad LGBTI (lesbianas, gais, travestis, transgénero, transexuales e intersexuales) así como sus aliadas/os, con el fin de escuchar las necesidades, propuestas, proyectos y canalizarlas a través de la Gerencia de Inclusión.

Uno de los retos de la Red por la Diversidad en Pemex ha sido la difusión interna, para que la Red siga creciendo. Este video tiene por objetivo dar a conocer sus propósitos entre el personal de Pemex para que más gente se sume a participar.

La experiencia de la filmación fue muy gratificante. Es un preámbulo a la participación de Pemex por primera vez en la Marcha del Orgullo LGBTI de la Ciudad de México, en el contingente de Pride Connection conformado por 34 empresas.

Las oportunidades en el sector petrolero para implementar prácticas de igualdad, inclusión y no discriminación son amplias. Creemos que esta iniciativa en Pemex puede tener un impacto positivo para la inclusión de las personas LGBTI en otras empresas nacionales e internacionales.

“Conocer y trabajar con la Directiva de Inclusión y Diversidad de PEMEX ha sido una gran experiencia. Desde contar con su contundente apoyo en el lanzamiento de la certificación HRC Equidad MX en diciembre de 2016, hasta conocer a los trabajadores de esta compañía que se benefician de este programa innovador en todo el país”, dijo Francisco Robledo Sánchez de Alianza por la Diversidad e Inclusión Laboral.

HRC Equidad MX se enorgullece de continuar trabajando con PEMEX en su lucha por crear ambientes inclusivos y capacitar su diverso grupo de empleados.

Para saber más sobre HRC Equidad MX visite hrc.im/equidadmx.


Author: HRC staff
Posted: June 22, 2017, 9:23 pm

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Fighting The LGBT Community’s Invisibility | In many ways, the history of the LGBT community is a history of battling invisibility. Since the dawn of time, society has tried to make us invisible. We gained strength as a community only by shedding that invisibility, coming out, and proudly saying who we are. Source: Fighting The […]
Author: LDS Family Fellowship
Posted: July 8, 2016, 3:10 am
Mama Dragons Try To Prevent Suicides Among Mormon-LGBT Children Source: Mama Dragons Try To Prevent Suicides Among Mormon-LGBT Children : NPR
Author: LDS Family Fellowship
Posted: July 8, 2016, 2:45 am
Is Utah’s youth suicide rate linked to Utah’s culture surrounding LGBT? BY HEIDI HATCH WEDNESDAY, JULY 6TH 2016   Is Utah’s youth suicide rate linked to Utah’s religious culture surrounding LGBT? VIEW PHOTO GALLERY 8 photos 201 shares tweet now! (KUTV) The number one killer of Utah’s kids is suicide according to new numbers from […]
Author: LDS Family Fellowship
Posted: July 7, 2016, 2:32 am
 Is The Recent Rise In Utah Youth Suicides Really Such A Mystery? 07/05/2016 02:08 pm ET | Updated 1 day ago 390 Benjamin Knoll John Marshall Harlan Associate Professor of Politics, Centre College The Salt Lake Tribune recently reported that “Utah health officials are grappling with a rising youth suicide rate that’s nearly tripled since […]
Author: LDS Family Fellowship
Posted: July 7, 2016, 2:28 am
LGBT Pride Month Highlights Deepening Divide Between Mormon Leadership and Members Mitch Mayne | Posted 06.11.2016 | Queer Voices Read More: LGBT Mormons, LGBT Mormon Children, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Mormons, Gay Mormons, Mitch Mayne Gay Mormon, LGBT Pride Month, LGBT Pride, Lgbt Pride Parade, Mexico Marriage Equality, Proposition 8, Queer […]
Author: LDS Family Fellowship
Posted: June 22, 2016, 4:42 am
Diversity: Pride in science The sciences can be a sanctuary for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals, but biases may still discourage many from coming out. Source: Diversity: Pride in science : Nature News & Comment
Author: LDS Family Fellowship
Posted: June 22, 2016, 4:14 am
Silence Is Killing Your LGBT Relatives 06/21/2016 06:32 pm ET | Updated 4 hours ago Mark O’Connell, L.C.S.W. Psychotherapist in private practice, author of Modern Brides & Modern Grooms LGBT Pride Month 2016 will always be remembered for the worst mass shooting in American history to date, one which took 49 lives at an Orlando, […]
Author: LDS Family Fellowship
Posted: June 22, 2016, 4:03 am
The Orlando Massacre: A Reminder of the Dangers LGBT People Live With Every Day There have been scores of attacks on LGBT spaces, some of which received more attention than others. 06/12/2016 10:46 am ET | Updated 5 minutes ago Michelangelo Signorile, Editor-at-Large, HuffPost Queer Voices Queer Voices Editor-at-Large, The Huffington Post STEVE NESIUS / […]
Author: LDS Family Fellowship
Posted: June 12, 2016, 8:17 pm
Deadliest Mass Shooting In U.S. History Leaves More Than 50 Dead At Gay Orlando Nightclub “We are investigating this from all points of perspective as an act of terrorism.” 06/12/2016 09:28 am ET | Updated 5 minutes ago Nina Golgowski Trends reporter, The Huffington Post Sebastian Murdock Reporter, The Huffington Post Andy Campbell Reporter, The […]
Author: LDS Family Fellowship
Posted: June 12, 2016, 8:00 pm
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Author: LDS Family Fellowship
Posted: July 26, 2015, 11:16 pm