The global LGBT+ market is estimated to be worth $3.7 trillion – and money talks. Those of us involved in promoting inclusion in the workplace and community can talk about the need to be a progressive, caring and inclusive company; but ultimately there is a clear business case for inclusivity that boils down to profits and…
Each June, Pride season is heralded in US stores by the arrival of rainbow-hued Pride collections. This year, brands like Target, Converse, and Levi’s have decked the store halls with their colorful products and merchandise. These collections might seem like superficial overtures in allyship, aimed more at filling businesses’ coffers than showing genuine support for the LGB
It might not be as important as the Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage ruling, Caitlyn Jenner posing in Vanity Fair, or Apple CEO Tim Cook’s coming out, but the LGBT community is about to notch another achievement in the long road to mainstream recognition. It’s a small one—small and tasty, actually.
While many individual companies have stepped up on LGBT issues, the private sector now has an opportunity to pool our resources and speak with one voice to drive even greater change. Many of the world’s top business leaders took a collective leap forward in September at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting. This gathering of world leaders saw the launch of two seminal LGBT rights-related commitments to make the private sector more inclusive.
It’s not just N.Y. and L.A.: A new human rights study gives several small cities top marks. Mississippi cities were among the lowest on the list, with no city scoring higher than 16 points, and one city — Southaven — earning a score of zero. Alabama was close behind, with a high score of just 21 points and a zero for the city of Auburn.”