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.

—  David Taffet

Fort Worth proud to be an Outie finalist

Last week we told you that Fort Worth’s response to the Rainbow Lounge raid has led the city to be named a finalist for the 2011 Significant Achievement Award from Out & Equal Workplace Advocates. Fort Worth is one of four finalists for the “Outie,” and the winner will be announced during Out & Equal’s annual Workplace Summit, set for October in Dallas. The city has posted a press release on its website in response to being named a finalist for the award. Here’s an excerpt:

“The City of Fort Worth is honored to be nominated for an Out & Equal Workplace Award in the Significant Achievement category,” said interim City Manager Tom Higgins. “By embracing the LGBT community through the creation of the Diversity Task Force, the City of Fort Worth recognizes and supports a community that has not always had a role in government processes. Through the Diversity Task Force, the City of Fort Worth is breaking down barriers that otherwise could prevent the City from reaching its full potential. Initiatives like this serve to heighten diversity awareness so that all community segments become part of their municipal government.”

Karen Marshall, the City’s human resources director, said: “The work of the Diversity Task Force has favorably impacted not only the LGBT community, but the entire community by fostering understanding, compassion and awareness in all segments of Fort Worth. Passion, energy and new partnerships have allowed the mission of the Diversity Task Force to advance. The program is a model for any municipality that recognizes the value of enhanced quality of life, which in turn advances equal opportunity and provides greater access to government and governmental services for multicultural populations.”

Unfrotunately, it looks like some anti-gay bigots have taken to the comments below the press release.

“It’s great the city can now openly support deviant sexual activity under the perverted pretense of diversification,” OhBlahDe writes. “Thank you Fort Worth for bending over backwards for a segment of the population that makes up less then 3% of the entire population.”

To which Sherrie responds:I am sorry to see a couple of negative comments, which in my opinion reflect the narrow-mindedness and ignorance of the very people who make it so we have to have ‘Task Forces.'”

—  John Wright

FW recognized for advancing workplace equality

Fort Worth’s response to the Rainbow Lounge raid has earned the city recognition from Out & Equal Workplace Advocates, the national organization dedicated to ending workplace discrimination for LGBT people.

According to an email obtained by Dallas Voice, the city of Fort Worth is one of four finalists for Out & Equal’s 2011 Significant Achievement Award, which “recognizes an employer that has made significant recent strides in advancing a fair and equitable workplace for its LGBT employees.” The other finalists for this year’s Significant Achievement Award are Alcoa Inc., Barclays Capital and Google Inc.

The Significant Achievement Award, along with group’s other annual honors known as the “Outies,” will be presented during the 2011 Out & Equal Workplace Summit, which happens to be in Dallas this year from Oct. 25-28.

For more on the Workplace Summit or to register, go here.


—  John Wright