Out & Equal to honor Parker, Welts

Mayor Annise Parker

Out & Equal Workplace Advocates will honor Houston Mayor Annise Parker and Golden State Warriors President Rick Welts at its Leadership Celebration on March 14 in San Francisco.

In October, Out & Equal held its week-long Workplace Summit at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas. Because of rave reviews, the group plans to return in the next few years. Welts was among the speakers at the Dallas convention.

Now in its fifth year, the Leadership Celebration is a fundraising event that includes a hosted reception and dinner. Parker and Welts will be recognized as role models and inspirations in the movement to achieve equality in the workforce.

To attend the San Francisco event, register online.

The 2012 Workplace Summit will be in Baltimore on from Oct. 29-Nov 1.

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Southwest issues follow-up statement on Leisha Hailey incident

The Internet is out at the house (screw you, AT&T), so I’m attempting to post this from my phone (wish me luck). Below is a follow-up statement from Southwest Airlines regarding Monday’s incident involving Leisha Hailey. Note that the statement says the incident occurred in El Paso, as opposed to St. Louis, as previously reported. I can’t post the link here, but what is it about El Paso and same-sex kissing? Anyhow below is the statement. I’ll try to get more when I’m back on the grid in the a.m.

Updated Information Regarding Customers Removed from Flight 2274

Additional reports from our Employees and Customers onboard flight 2274 during a stop in El Paso on Sunday now confirm profane language was being used loudly by two passengers. At least one family who was offended by the loud profanity moved to another area of the cabin. Although we have reports of what Customers characterize as an excessive public display of affection, ultimately their aggressive reaction led to their removal from the aircraft. We do not tolerate discrimination against anyone for any reason. In this situation, their removal was directly and solely related to the escalated conversation that developed onboard the aircraft.

Our tenets of inclusion and celebration of diversity among our Customers and Employees—including those in the LGBT communities—anchor our Culture of mutual respect and following the Golden Rule. The more than 100 million people who fly Southwest each year reflect the great diversity of our country and our Company — and ALL are valued and welcome. In fact, we’ve been recognized as a leader in diversity throughout our 40 years of service.

Our Customer Advocacy Team reached out to extend goodwill and a full refund for an experience that fell short of the passengers’ expectation.

—  John Wright

Golden Globes 2011: Host Ricky Gervais Mocks John Travolta’s Closet

Joe. My. God.

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Golden Globes for Jane Lynch and Chris Colfer

Glee’s two openly gay stars won Golden Globes tonight. Jane Lynch won for Best Actress in a TV series and Chris Colfer won his for Best Supporting Actor in a TV series tonight.

And, as you’ll see, Colfer gave a great speech:




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Watch: Chris Colfer Wins Golden Globe, Speaks Out Against Bullying

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Chris Colfer won the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor in a TV series as gay teen Kurt Hummel, on Glee.

Said Colfer: "To all the amazing kids that watch our show, and the kids that our show celebrates that are constantly told 'no' by the people and the environments, by bullies at school that they can't be who they are or have what they want because of who they are, well (holds up award)…screw that kids!"

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP

Other LGBT-related Globes of note: Annette Bening wins Best Actress in Musical or Comedy for The Kids Are All Right, Jane Lynch wins Best Supporting Actress in a TV series for Glee, Glee for Best Musical or Comedy TV series, The Kids Are All Right for Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy…

Full list coming post-show.



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The Golden Globe Awards: Complete List Of Winners

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As mentioned earlier, there were some big LGBT-related wins at the Golden Globes tonight. While Glee's Chris Colfer and Jane Lynch took home acting awards, the show itself won for best television series – comedy or musical. A complete list of winners, AFTER THE JUMP.

Winners at the 68th annual Golden Globes:

Movies

Best drama: The Social Network

Best comedy/musical: The Kids Are All Right

Actor, drama: Colin Firth, The King's Speech

Actress, drama: Natalie Portman, Black Swan

Actor, comedy/musical: Paul Giamatti, Barney's Version

Actress, comedy/musical: Annette Bening, The Kids Are All Right

Supporting actor: Christian Bale, The Fighter

Supporting actress: Melissa Leo, The Fighter

Best director/motion picture: David Fincher, The Social Network

Animated feature film: Toy Story 3

Screenplay: Aaron Sorkin, The Social Network

Original song: Diane Warren, You Haven't Seen the Last of Me (Burlesque)

Original score: Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, The Social Network

Foreign-language film: In a Better World (Denmark)

Cecil B. DeMille Award (for lifetime achievement): Robert De Niro

Television

Best drama series: Boardwalk Empire (HBO)

Best comedy/musical series: Glee (Fox)

Actor, drama series: Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire (HBO)

Actress, drama series: Katey Sagal, Sons of Anarchy (FX)

Actor, comedy/musical series: Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory (CBS)

Actress, comedy/musical series: Laura Linney, The Big C (Showtime)

Supporting actor in a series, miniseries or TV movie: Chris Colfer, Glee (Fox)

Supporting actress, series, miniseries or TV movie: Jane Lynch, Glee (Fox)

Actor, miniseries or TV movie: Al Pacino, You Don't Know Jack (HBO)

Actress, miniseries or TV movie: Claire Danes, Temple Grandin (HBO)

Miniseries or TV movie: Carlos (Sundance Channel)


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Chris Colfer Wins Golden Globe

And reads bullies in his acceptance speech.

Joe. My. God.

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Golden Globes: Chris Colfer’s Acceptance Speech Message To Bullies

Glee's Chris Colfer takes home the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor in TV Series, Miniseries, or TV Movie. One small step for out homosexual actors, one giant leap for high school musicals. He says during his acceptance speech: "To all the bullies who say you can’t be who you are: screw that, kids."

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We Are Golden: Alec Mapa Wants To See You At Hollywood’s Night Out For LifeWorks

Get ready for THE show of the year! Open Artist with Open Arms is once again putting on their benefit show, “We Are Golden,” a part concert, part theatrical experience and a complete celebration of diversity. This year’s show, “We Are Golden,” is on Monday, September 27, 2010 at the Arena Nightclub and benefits LifeWorks, a youth mentoring program at the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center.

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