August 13, 2013
Here’s a short video impression of our boat at Amsterdam Gay Pride 2013 click here
August 9, 2013
Belgian LGBT magazine ZIZO recently interviewed Workplace Pride’s Executive Director, David Pollard about his view of LGBT people in the workplace. The interview took place during the 2013 World Out Games Human Rights conference held in Antwerp, and at which Pollard gave a presentation on the work of Workplace Pride.
Click here to read the full article (in Dutch)
August 7, 2013
According to McDevitt-Pugh, these new laws could have far-reaching effects for LGBT people around the world. Workplace Pride interviewed her recently to get her opinion about the latest developments. As a longtime American resident of the Netherlands with an Australian wife, the legal situation for LGBT people in the United States has been at the top of her agenda for years.
Workplace Pride: Could you explain in just a few words what the recent legal changes are in the USA and what they mean for LGBT people?
McDevitt-Pugh: In a nutshell, this means that my marriage is now recognized by the federal government in the USA. Now I have access to many of the 1,138 federal rights just as a heterosexual spouse. Immigration has been one of the first rights to be put in place. Other federal benefits include Social Security, income tax and federal health programs. There are immediate concrete benefits to same-sex married couples. Many details, however, will still need to be worked out.
Workplace Pride: But does this mean that same-sex marriage recognition in the USA is the same as in the Netherlands?
McDevitt-Pugh: No. The decision by the USA Supreme Court means that Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which prohibited federal benefits for same-sex couples, was ruled unconstitutional. However, there are only 13 states (out of 50) in the USA where same-sex couples can marry. People married in those states or in a country where same-sex couples can marry should in many cases get access to federal benefits. This is a big step forward and it advances the momentum towards complete marriage equality throughout the USA. In other words, our marriages now have meaning!
Workplace Pride: What, in your opinion, does this mean for bi-national couples of which one is American?
McDevitt-Pugh: It means that we now have access to immigration to the USA, just like straight couples. Now we have a choice! Green cards were already issued to same-sex couples within weeks of the ruling, which is historic. And the bureaucracy of the government is quickly gearing up. Secretary of State John Kerry announced the immigration guidance in London last week: married couples will be treated the same. Nonetheless, bi-national couples still need to be aware of what they are doing and get professional advice on how the rules work.
Workplace Pride: How could these decisions influence workplaces for LGBT people around the world?
McDevitt-Pugh: This new ruling is mainly about recognition for LGBT families. The impact on employers and employees is that it will be less costly to compensate for inadequacies in benefits. It also opens up opportunities for same-sex couples wanting to work in the USA, not to mention the aspect of labour mobility of same-sex couples for American corporations abroad. The first Dutch spouse moving to the US on a work-related spousal visa was issued at the US Consulate just this week. Things are moving that have never moved before!
Workplace Pride: Do you feel that these changes will have a ‘ripple’ effect in other countries around the world, particularly in those European countries that do not yet recognize same-sex marriages?
McDevitt-Pugh: The momentum is there… the UK recently, France etc. As neighboring countries are affected, there can be alliances, and there may be resistance. This will give this topic a lot of visibility and spark new conversations and initiatives.
Workplace Pride: In the context of the USA decisions, what do you see as the next step for LGBT emancipation in the workplace?
McDevitt-Pugh: In other countries, just making this a topic is an important step. This ruling may get the conversation going in countries where acceptance is not as high as in the Netherlands. Of course we can always improve acceptance and shouldn’t stop working towards a world where 100% of LGBT people are out at work. There is always the possibility of a backlash in the US or in countries fearful of what these changes mean. Cultural change takes time. We have to be vigilant. There is still more to be done!
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August 5, 2013
Members show their pride in the workplace and on the canals!
Beautiful weather and large crowds lining the canals brought out the best in everyone for the 2013 Amsterdam canal parade. Workplace Pride’s boat was easy to be seen as it navigated the waters of the old city in its colorful decoration. Topped with sky dancers, ‘real’ dancers, performers, and participants from our sponsoring members, the boat was yet another reminder of the importance of LGBT visibility in the workplace. The boat proudly displayed the slogan of the year-long campaign “I can be myself @ work”, which underlies the simple fact that open workplaces for everyone is an advantage to all parties.
In addition to the boat parade, Workplace Pride celebrated its third annual onshore event (for the 2nd year at the Hotel Pulitzer) which brings together executives of member organizations, LGBT network leaders, and LGBT network members of Workplace Pride’s private and public sector members. The onshore event allows peer-to-peer networking among top managers (both LGBT and non-LGBT), as well as networking between the same top managers and their LGBT network; all in the charged and inclusive atmosphere of the fabulous canal parade.
Like last year, this year’s event was closed with a sold-out BBQ for Workplace Pride Members in the courtyard of the Hotel Pulitzer. The evening included entertainment from Ben Cramer, Girls on Top and the Gospel Queens.
Here’s a glimpse of our boat during Amsterdam Gay Pride 2013 click here
Here are photos of the Canal Parade and Workplace Pride boat photos made by Anne Marie Apeldoorn click here
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The single and video with Lady Mojo are included for the campaign “I can be myself @ work ‘, initiated by Workplace Pride and produced by Fable Factory and 125Procent.
The goal is to defend the rights of workers in order that they can be themselves also at their workplace, with special attention to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees. Because if they are visible, accepted and valued in their workplace and in society, it opens the environment to include everyone else.
All proceeds from the single and video go to support the emancipation of LGBT employees.
Download the single ‘I can be myself @ work’ van Lady Mojo now on iTunes!