Stock price reactions to GLBT nondiscrimination policies April 4, 2010Posted by Geekgirl in Legal and Policies, Resources.
Tags: Discrimination, equality
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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 (firstname.lastname@example.org)|
*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.|
A Biologist Speaks about Parenting Research April 3, 2010Posted by Geekgirl in A Biologist Speaks.
Tags: LGBT Parents
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The February issue of Journal of Marriage and Family is available online for free. Unfortunately, when I try to create a link, I get an error message. Fortunately, I’m able to attach the articles. The lead articles are very positive and show only small, inconsequential differences in parenting. Two moms tend to parent like, wait for it, moms. In fact, two moms are better than heterosexual parents. There is less data for gay men but in general they do just fine thank you. They care for their children in the way that we think of a traditional mom as well as the way we think of traditional dads. Ultimately, the lead article concludes that parents are individuals first.
The notion that children need a mom and a dad is tied to stereotyping men and women’s parenting styles. I find that sad and reflective of a conservative culture that wants to restrict all people. Our notion of the ideal family where mom stays home and dad goes to work, everyone is happy in the Leave It To Beaver world never existed. We simply went into denial about our dysfunctional families. It was so much easier to pretend that we were the families on television.
I encourage you to go to the journals website and check out the February issue. Several articles provide different view points on same sex couples as parents.
While I found all of the articles to be of interest, including the different opinons of researchers, I began to realize that the researchers who believe heterosexual parents are the best are truly grasping at straws. Some have become aware of how other hidden biases have influenced the interpretation of data. Some have not.
So what doesn’t this issue cover? Easy. That each of us, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, is an individual. There is no discussion of how children are harmed in heterosexual unions. Child abuse, neglect, parents that are just too busy, parents who cheat, parents who get divorced, teenage motherhood. We all know that there is a huge range of what children experience in heterosexual marriages.
The microscopic examination seeking out the smallest deficiency in same sex parenting is major overkill and symptomatic of a homophobic society. It is also futile as the data simply is not there. If we really are concerned about our children, let’s focus on giving all parents the skills, support and resources that they need.
Attitudes of Iraq and Afghanistan War Veterans toward Gay and Lesbian Service Members March 27, 2010Posted by Geekgirl in Legal and Policies.
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Note: While this is just now being published, the data is from 2006
Attitudes of Iraq and Afghanistan War Veterans toward Gay and Lesbian Service Members
University of Florida, Gainesville, email@example.com
RAND Corporation, Arlington, VA
U.S. policy banning openly gay and lesbian personnel from serving in its military rests on the belief that heterosexual discomfort with lesbian and gay service members in an integrated environment would degrade unit cohesion and readiness. To inform this policy, data from a 2006 survey of Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans are analyzed in this study. Views of these war veterans are consistent with prior surveys of military personnel showing declining support for the policy: from about 75 percent in 1993 to 40 percent in this survey. Among the demographic and militaryexperience variables analyzed, comfort level with lesbian and gay people was the strongest correlate of attitudes toward the ban. War veterans indicated that the strongest argument against the ban is that sexual orientation is unrelated to job performance and that the strongest argument in favor of the ban is a projected negative impact on unit cohesion. However, analyses of these war veterans’ ratings of unit cohesion and readiness revealed that knowing a gay or lesbian unit member is not uniquely associated with cohesion or readiness; instead, the quality of leaders, the quality of equipment, and the quality of training are the critical factors associated with unit cohesion and readiness.
Key Words: don’t ask • don’t tell • lesbian • gay • military cohesion • military readiness • sexual orientation
This version was published on April 1, 2010
Armed Forces & Society, Vol. 36, No. 3, 397-419 (2010)