July 27, 2007

Friday Round-Up

This has been a pretty busy Week O'Queer, and rather than subject y'all to a flurry of posts, I'm going to try a flurry of snippets and teasers instead. If something in particular is interesting to you folks, or sparks a discussion in comments, perhaps it can get a full post of its own. :)

First up, Good News From HRC:

- Number of Fortune-500 companies who explicitly protected employees from discrimination on the basis of gender identity, as of 2003:
8.

- Number of Fortune-500 companies who explicitly protected employees from discrimination on the basis of gender identity, as of 2006:
78.
- Number of Fortune-500 companies who explicitly protected employees from discrimination on the basis of gender identity, as of 2007:
125.

- The HRC's press release on the "State of the Workplace for GLBT Americans 2006-2007":
priceless? (though perhaps not meriting a cheap Mastercard joke.)

One thing, however, does confuse me: HRC repeatedly says that the number of Fortune-500 companies who protect trans employees has "quadrupled" since 2003. As far as I know, 8x4=32, not 125. Anyone else understand where the "quadrupled" claim is coming from?

Next in the Round-Up, A Report from the Department of M.E.'s New Favorite Blog:

- I discovered the Box Turtle Bulletin the other day, and have become a big fan almost overnight. The Bulletin is run by Jim Burroway and a supporting team of bloggers, whose mission it is to fact-check anti-gay propaganda; this means lots of debunking of poorly-designed "gays are promiscuous, disease-ridden, and crazy" studies - and even more debunking of anti-gay tracts which misquote these studies, take them out of context, or treat them as gospel.

Some of Box Turtle's greatest hits:

- From the Inside: Jim reports from Exodus/Focus on the Family's "Love Won Out" conference (initially planned as an eight-part series, of which four parts have been completed so far; link takes you to the prologue)

- Straight from the Source - What the "Dutch Study" Really Says About Gay Couples: Are gays more promiscuous than straight people? Not exactly. Jim looks at the oft-quoted 2003 study that anti-queer groups claim proves that gay relationships are short-lived and characterized by compulsive infidelity. (Hint: it was an epidemiological study about high-risk sexual behaviors, from which monogamous couples were specifically excluded.)

- The Heterosexual Agenda - Exposing The Myths: *Really* priceless. A parody in the style of alarmist "homosexual agenda" tracts, exposing the dodgy pseudo-science that they generally rely on. Also, it's just hysterically funny. :)


Go. Enjoy.

Speaking of Hysterically Funny:

- Ever wonder why your life's falling apart? It's All Because The Gays Are Getting Married, at least according to musician/comedian Oded Gross. Link takes you to the music video, which is safe for work as long as work lets you squirt coffee out of your nose laughing.

Notes From My Life:

-Me: God, I can't believe I'm leaving the Bay Area for frickin' middle-of-nowhere Virginia tomorrow!
-A Friend: Well, at least you should get plenty of material for that blog you write.



As if I need more . . .

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