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LGBT Scholarships and Academia April 10, 2010

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The Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies

Today’s post is about other great websites. Check out this page. Information about scholarships, academic programs in LGBT research and much more.

Stock price reactions to GLBT nondiscrimination policies April 4, 2010

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So ENDA is not only the ethical thing to do, it’s good for the bottom line

From the Human Resource  Science Forum

Stock price reactions to GLBT nondiscrimination policies
Peng Wang *, Joshua L. Schwarz
Miami University, Oxford, Ohio
email: Peng Wang (schwarjl@muohio.edu)

*Correspondence to Peng Wang, Department of Management, Farmer School of Business, Miami University, 2013 Farmer Hall, Oxford, Ohio 45056, Phone: 513-529-1653, Fax: 513-529-2342

This study examines workplace issues of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (GLBT) employees. Specifically, we analyze the effect of firm GLBT nondiscrimination policies on that firm’s stock market value. Corporate equality index (CEI) is used as a proxy for how firms manage GLBT issues. Results reveal that changes in firms’ standardized CEI scores are positively associated with changes in firms’ standardized stock price trend during the following year. Our findings suggest that the stock prices of firms with more progressive GLBT nondiscrimination policies relative to competing firms in the same industry outperform otherwise equivalent firms with lower CEI scores. © 2010 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
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Does the Gender of Parents Matter? April 3, 2010

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Link to the entire publication Gender of Parents

This recent publication is an indepth study of parents. Heterosexual parents, lesbian parents, gay men parents. In general, two moms are better than one mom. Two parents are better than one parent. But the differences are slight and certainly nothing harmful. The paper also discusses how research about parenting has been twisted to be used against LGBT parents. Most research compares two parent families to one parent families. In general, life is tougher for families with one parent.

A quote from this paper.

Family Ideals and Ideal Families

The entrenched conviction that children need both a mother and a father inflames culture wars over single motherhood, divorce, gay marriage,and gay parenting. Research to date, however ,does not support this claim. (more…)

Dr. Milton Diamond and Transgender Research December 23, 2009

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If you have not heard of Professor Milton Diamond at the University of Hawaii, you really should check out his research. He is one of the leading researchers in the field of transgender and intersex science. His website also has links to a large number of resources for LGBT folks.

“Nature loves variety. Society hates it”

Transgender Basics Video and Vocabulary December 20, 2009

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Transgender Basics – an amazing video from The Center in New York City.

I have also included their glossary of terms, as an educational tool. As always, comments are welcome.

TRANS BASICS: GLOSSARY OF TERMS (more…)

Transgender Health Care – A Real Problem for Real People December 13, 2009

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Do you know about The Trans PULSE Project? The Trans PULSE Project is a survey whose purpose is to learn more about how discrimination and erasure affect health care services of transgender individuals living in Ontario, Canada.  The Project continues to need volunteers for the survey.  Unfortunately, you have to live in Ontario to participate.

Part of what I find exciting about this project is (more…)

Research Shows We Need ENDA Now December 4, 2009

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After you read this, please go to http://transequality.org/ and write to your representatives now.The Employment Non-Discrimination Act has been delayed in Congress. We need everyone to speak up. Tell them to ask Chairman Miller to end the delay now. Cite this research. Thank you.

This is the abstract from an upcoming publication. Let’s get to the bottom line. Researchers at Yale and Columbia University discovered that when states have anti-discrimination laws protecting lesbians, gays and bisexuals, LGB individuals are mentally healthier. As you read the brief amount of information below, you will notice something called P with a number. This is the probability that this result occurred by random chance. For example, a P value of .02 means that there is a 2% chance that the result is random, rather than correlating.

While this particular research does not refer to transgender persons in the abstracts (which I personally think is sad), transgender individuals face the same level of discrimination, if not worse.

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Arguments against Same Sex Marriage #1 November 15, 2009

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Today’s blog is an editorial. As I continue to explore both LGBT research and what is happening in our society, I think that the viewpoint of a biologist can be added to the debate. I speak only for myself. All statistics here are provided by the Guttmacher Institute and Center for Disease Control.

Marriage is for Procreation (more…)

LGBT Center NYC and Research Opportunities September 20, 2009

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New York City’s Gay Center. A great website with a wealth of information, including opportunities to participate in LGBT research.

LGBT Parents Better Because Children Are Wanted September 20, 2009

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James Dobson seems to do this all the time. Distort the work of other scientists. Check out this interview.