Welcome to this week’s edition of my weekly equality news digest, Global Pulse on Equality, where I share important news, updates, and commentary about the LGBTQ+ equality movement globally.
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Trans athletes and nailing your own conversation with the “opposition”. French people learnt from the Dreyfus Affair that you never know when controversial issues will pop up at the dinner table. So ahead of your next ineluctable interaction on trans athletes, mull over these great talking points developed by our friends at the ACLU: Four Myths About Trans Athletes, Debunked.
US businesses rally behind the Equality Act. This week the Human Rights Campaign indicated that the Business coalition behind the Equality Act has passed the 400 company threshold. While this is a rather small absolute number, it includes some of the biggest economic forces in the World. This should be a powerful signal to those Wall Street Journal surrealistic opinion columns.
LGBTQ+ people should get their fair shares of private corporate board seats. I was a panelist on the Bolster/Women Business Collaborative (WBC) event on Private Corporate Boards this week. If you missed the live event you can catch it here. As we work to increase the number of #LGBTQ+ people on Boards, we need to focus outside of publicly listed companies which only represent a fraction of opportunities. If you are interested in Board Service, consider creating a profile on Bolster and joining Quorum.
Caitlyn Jenner is running for Governor of California and the support from the community is not unanimous. Seems like a long shot but then again… Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Global LGBTQ+ Equality News:
Homophobia as a deep self-inflicted economic wound. To commemorate the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia 2021 (IDAHOBIT), I recorded a 20 minute interview for the Asian Development Bank with two giants of academia. My friends Prof. Lee Badgett (who recently published “The Economic Case for Equality”) and Prof. Kaushik Basu (former World Bank Chief Economist from 2012 – 2016, and now Professor of Economics at Cornell University) discussed the interconnection of development, economics and LGBTQ+ rights and why countries should pay attention. You can register here to join the actual event on May 14th: https://www.adb.org/…/idahotb-2021-face-lgbtqi…
Including in Europe…. This week, our friends at Open for Business published a piece of research placing a figure on the economic impact of homophobia and transphobia in the region. Eastern European countries lose almost 2% a year in economic growth due to their lack of LGBTQ+ inclusion.
Homonegativity in Italy is on the retreat. On Tuesday morning, I was in Italy with my friends from DiverCity Magazine – which devoted their cover story to my life journey, Parks Liberi e Iguai, East Meets West and Barilla. In my remarks, I reiterated my belief that there is an unprecedented urgency to social change: in a connected world you cannot tell people to wait one generation for dignity and opportunity.
The Global Equality Fund, of which Out Leadership is a partner, remains the best vehicle for companies to transfer much needed funds to the severely underfunded LGBTQ+ grassroot movements. Visit the GEF webpage on state.gov to see how your company can join this public-private partnership.
An LGBTQ+ parliamentary candidate in Vietnam. Luong The Huy is running as an openly LGBT Candidate. This is a welcome development, in a country where despite Governmental support, tangible policy changes have lagged (see recent HRW article).
In other news:
Covid19, burnout and the changing face of employment. While the New York Times had an article this week-end titled “Welcome to the YOLO economy” (YOLO stands for “you only live once”), I wrote my own takeaways from recent office workers’ rebellions. It matters because purpose seem to be increasingly more in vogue than money. Maybe obscene wealth is finally going out of fashion.
Living LGBTQ+ legend David Mixner is pitching the idea a National memorial for the Covid19 death in Southern New Jersey. Don’t Forget to pitch for the David Mixner ICWA Fellowship in honor of his (big) upcoming birthday.
And finally, what better way to celebrate Lesbian Visibility Day than to have Beth Brooke join the NYTimes Board of Directors.