Immigration and LGBT Platforms – United or Divided?

Immigration and LGBT Platforms – United or Divided? The modern gay rights and current immigration movements may seem like two dissimilar issues; however, the two issues have much more in common than what initially meets the eye.  The push for human dignity, respect, and equality under the law are dominant themes underlying both minority movements….

A Call for Accountability

On February 25 2011, Christian Dior fashion designer John Galliano was arrested in Paris on charges of assault and for making anti-Semitic remarks directed towards a couple in a Marais district café.  Under French law, making anti-Semitic remarks is punishable by up to six months in prison.  While this maximum sentence is rarely handed down…

Obama and Attorney General Holder Challenge DOMA

Obama and Attorney General Holder Challenge DOMA The Obama Administration has taken another progressive steps towards equality that has LGBT rights advocates feeling like a victory has been won. On February 23, 2011, President Obama declared Section 3 of DOMA [Defense of Marriage Act] unconstitutional and stated that the Department of Justice would no longer…

Breaking Up is Hard to Do

Break-Up FAQ 1. How do you go about dividing up items you’ve purchased together? In the absence of a comprehensive set of legal rights and obligations, a same-sex couple may formalize their relationship by entering into a contractual arrangement called either a cohabitation agreement or a domestic partnership agreement. This agreement may cover a number…

Domestic Partner Benefits: The Hidden Costs Affecting LGBT Employees

Domestic Partner Benefits: The Hidden Costs Affecting LGBT Employees Many businesses are finally recognizing the value of diversity and equality in the workplace.  As a result, by offering domestic partner health benefits, companies are attracting many qualified LGBT employees.  The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) reported roughly 58% of Fortune 500 companies offer domestic partner benefits…

Business Succession Planning for LGBT Business Owners

Business Succession Planning for LGBT Business Owners Proper estate planning is particularly important for the LGBT community due to the fact that same-sex marriage is not legal in most states and even in those states, same-sex couples are not afforded the privileges and benefits of federal law.   With that said, even those with estate…

The Advantages of Being “Out at Work”

In 1995, at a time when there were very little to no legal protections whatsoever for LGBT employees, studies were being conducted clearly demonstrating the benefits of coming out in the workplace far outweighed the benefits of staying the closet.   For example, people who come out in the workplace tend to rank higher in…