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A call for psychologists to speak up for laws against employment discrimination. April 4, 2010

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A call for psychologists to speak up for laws against employment discrimination.

Industrial and Organizational Psychology, 3 (2010), 69–78.Copyright © 2010

Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology. 1754-9426/09

FOCAL ARTICLE  Click here to read the entire article LGBT employment

The Social and Economic Imperative of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual,and Transgendered Supportive Organizational Policies

EDEN B. KING AND JOSE´ M. CORTINA

George Mason University

Abstract

The central premise of this article is that organizations have social and economic interests in building policies and practices that support lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered (LGBT) workers. This argument is based on empirical evidence that (a) LGBT workers continue to face discrimination at work from which they are not protected under federal law, and (b) discrimination has negative consequences for individual’s mental and physical health, and on reasoning that (c) organizations share responsibility for the social good of the communities in which they operate. We offer practical suggestions for creating LGBT-supportive organizations and propose that industrial–organizational psychologists have an ethical obligation to support such efforts.

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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Bans on Gay Marriage Can Harm Your Mental Health January 17, 2010

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Banning gay marriage is bad for your psychological well being and correlates to living in states with a ban.

Says who? Says Yale University.

Am J Public Health. 2010 Jan 14. [Epub ahead of print]

The Impact of Institutional Discrimination on Psychiatric Disorders in Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Populations: A Prospective Study.

Hatzenbuehler ML, McLaughlin KA, Keyes KM, Hasin DS. (more…)

Discrimination increases risk of substance abuse January 17, 2010

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Discriminated against? Increases risk of substance abuse.

That should not surprise anyone.

Am J Public Health. 2010 Jan 14. [Epub ahead of print]

The Relationship Between Discrimination and Substance Use Disorders Among Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Adults in the United States.

McCabe SE, Bostwick WB, Hughes TL, West BT, Boyd CJ. (more…)

LGB Review of Mental Disorder, Suicide and Self Harm December 20, 2009

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A large review of many studies. Since this article is available through  Open Access I have attached the pdf. suicide

For those of you that like to skim and get to the punchline, I have highlighted important information and conclusions in blue.

A systematic review of mental disorder, suicide, and deliberate self harm in lesbian, gay and bisexual people (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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Attitudes of Black and White College Students Toward LGBT September 26, 2009

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The Attitudes of Black and White College Students Toward Gays and Lesbians (more…)

No More Mr. Nice Homophobe September 26, 2009

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I came across a great blog on Progressive Puppy and feel compelled to comment. I don’t normally have “a word from our sponsor” on this blog. But today I do. (more…)

James Dobson caught twisting research September 20, 2009

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Response to James Dobson from a researcher whose work he twisted to suit his agenda.

Uncovering and Overcoming Hidden Prejudice September 20, 2009

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Not specifically targeted to LGBT issues but applicable none the less. Dr. Wright explains subconscious prejudice, finding excuses for prejudice, why tolerance isn’t enough and what leads to full inclusion. Again, if you don’t have time for the entire video, go to 28 minutes (but all of it is worth it).