Does it Even Count? LGBTQ Data and the 2020 Census

For years LGBTQ advocates, researchers, and federal agency leaders have urged the Census Bureau to add sexual orientation/gender identity questions to the decennial U.S. Census to deepen overall understandings of the LGBTQ community. While many had waited in hopes that the 2020 Census would include questions regarding sexual orientation and gender identity—many were dismayed to

Erin’s Letters: Out & Equal + Brazil

Out & Equal’s global work is a key growth area in our organization. And as the largest country in Latin America and one of the world’s largest economies, Brazil is a key player on the global stage and a strategic focus market for Out & Equal. We’re planning our third annual Brazil Forum there in November, and

Post-Marriage Equality: Why Your Company Should Continue to Provide Domestic Partner Benefits

In 2015, Obergefell v. Hodges was victorious in bringing nationwide marriage equality to the United States. While the LGBTQ community and its allies celebrated the victory after a civil rights battle that lasted decades, many businesses then assumed that the need for domestic partner benefits had been eliminated, and, thus, removed these protections from their

Erin’s Letters: An Open Letter To My Children (introduction)

I was doing my first interview after accepting the position as Out & Equal’s new CEO when the reporter asked me why I wanted to do this work. After we talked about my core belief in equality, that we need all hands-on deck to succeed, that I am inspired by so many of you—I got

An Open Letter To My Children On Being An Ally

My beautiful children, your world is a magnificent playground of all kinds of people – of cultures, and music, and food, and cities with lights. The world is shrinking too, as we share our cultures much more intimately, thanks to social media and travel being much easier than ever before. You have entered a generation

Webinar Summary: U.N. Initiatives to Engage the Private Sector in LGBTQ Equality

  The United Nations (U.N.) serves as one of the premier advocates for LGBTI human rights around the world through both research of abuses and guidance for businesses and governments to adopt better practices, including around employment. To help our partners better understand existing U.N. initiatives, Out & Equal hosted a webinar on Wednesday, March

Indonesian Legislators Debate Amending Country’s Criminal Code to Outlaw All Same-sex and Extramarital Relations

  In recent years, attitudes towards Indonesia’s LGBTQ population have become increasingly hostile as support for conservative Islamist forces has grown. In 2008, the country passed a national Anti-Pornography Law that classifies same-sex relations as “deviant behavior” and since 2016 police have begun enforcing this law widely by arresting LGBTQ people both in well-known LGBTQ

Summit Kick-Off Call

  The 2018 Out & Equal Workplace Summit will be held in Seattle, WA from October 1-4, with Leadership Day on Monday, October 1st. Find out about this year’s plans and how you and your company can be involved! This call will provide the planning details for your team, key dates and locations, discuss the

Out & Equal in Mississippi: Paving the Road to Progress

By Madelyn Gelpi, Research Manager March 19, 2018 — There aren’t many sights along the road from the airport in New Orleans, Louisiana to Jackson, Mississippi. Among those that you do find, besides the evergreen pines or quiet herds of cattle grazing idly in the grass, are signals of the state’s deep religious roots. Hand-painted

LGBTQ Workplace Equality Wins in the Courts: Stay Informed About Recent Title VII Civil Rights Act Decisions

March 12, 2018—In the last two weeks, the LGBTQ community and its allies have celebrated two momentous rulings in favor of LGBTQ workplace equality. While Title VII of The Civil Rights Act of 1964 previously established the prohibition of discrimination on the basis race, color, religion, sex, or national origin, the new court rulings reinterpret