Town Call Categories Archive — Topic list from A to Z
2016 Town Calls
January — Focusing on LGBT Recruiting/Retention/Promotion
February — Voluntary Self Identification (Self ID) in the Global Workplace
March 3 — 2016 Summit Kick-Off!
March 31 — GO GLOCAL! Adapting your ERG to Accommodate Growth and Success
April — Identifying and Mitigating LGBTQA Bias in our Workplace
May — Mentoring: The Next Step to Success!
June — Governance Model & Executive Sponsors–Key to a Successful BRG
July — What HR, D&I & Business Leaders need to know to support Transgender Employees
August — Next steps for Employee/Business Resource Groups!
2015 Town Calls
January — No Town Call
February — 2015 Workplace Summit Kickoff
March — The Clorox Journey: LGBT Marketing and Innovation
April — The Cost of Inconsistency: Quantifying the Economic Burden to American Business from the Patchwork Quilt of Marriage Laws
May — LGBT Self-Identification: Then and Now
June — We now pronounce you…What to do with domestic partners?
July — To market to market, reaching LGBT consumers!
August — Finding Equality through Title VII (US based)
September — Bi Awareness: What Companies need to know…
October — 2015 Workplace Summit Highlights
November — Transgender Topics: TDOR and New Transition Guidelines
December — World AIDS Day & Updates on HIV Treatments
2014 Town Calls
January — The New CEI: Getting Ready for the 2016 Changes
February — Discovering Strength in our Diversity: Voices of Latino/Latina/Hispanic LGBT/Allies
March — The Post-DOMA Era: The Great News for Companies and Employees!
April — Implementing and Leveraging Self-identification as a Method for Driving Change
May — Global Perspectives: An LGBT Business Imperative
June — Executives Coming Out: The Next Generation
July — Moving from Corporate to Retirement : LGBT considerations
August — Families & Work life – Finding the Connections
September — Bisexuality in YOUR Workplace
October — No Town Call
November — Implementation of Industry-wide Transition Guidelines for Employees and Employers & Transgender Day of Remembrance
December — What’s Happening with Our Health: Perspectives on 2014!
Focusing on LGBT Recruiting/Retention/Promotion [No slides available]
Thursday, January 28, 2016
In December 2015, a Community of Practice (CoP) came together to discuss the best practices for LGBT employee recruiting, retention and promotion (RRP). The kickoff meeting for the CoP started a discussion that will continue during this month’s Town Call. Find out why RRP is a critical next step for LGBT workplace inclusion across all sectors and be able to add in your perspectives. Whether you an LGBT or ally employee, Employee Resource/Business Group member or leader, HR Professional or Executive, this discussion can help shape your current policies or affirm the work you are currently doing.
Daniel Lawrence Smith, Associate Director of Training and Professional Development – Moderator
Members of the RRP CoP
Voluntary Self Identification (Self ID) in the Global Workplace
Thursday, February 25, 2016
IBM and Citi will bring their expertise to this month’s Town Call to discuss how they have implemented Self ID within their respective organizations. They will provide insights on what stage they are at in the process and the successes and pitfalls they have seen along their different journeys. Stonewall will add their unique insight from a best practice perspective; and the webinar will facilitate discussion in relation to the subjects of regional and global implementation, benefits of key stakeholder buy-in prior to implementation, and demonstrates the importance and benefits of cross sector collaboration. If you are already working on changing workplace climate or are thinking of implementing Self ID, this Town Call will provide you the opportunity to ask questions and hear from those who are more advanced in the process.
Elizabeth Hook, Citi
Kimberly Marsh, Citi
Silvy Vluggen, IBM
Ulla Dalsgaard, IBM
Sarah Foster, Stonewall
The 2016 Workplace Summit Kick-Off!
Thursday, March 3, 2016
The 2016 Out & Equal Workplace Summit will be held in Orlando, Florida from October 5-7, with Leadership Day on Tuesday, October 4th. Find out about this year’s plans and how you and your company can be involved! The call will provide the planning details for your team, discuss the workshop proposal process, Outie awards and details on registration and housing.vWhether this is your first or tenth Summit this call provides you with the tools to create a value added experience!
Selisse Berry, Founder & CEO
Stephen Huey, Director of Corporate Engagement
Emily Odenberg, Sr. Events Manager
Daniel Lawrence Smith, Associate Director of Training
Rachel Rubin, Chief Development Officer
Arti Sharma, Corporate Engagement Manager
GO GLOCAL! Adapting your ERG to Accommodate Growth and Success
Thursday, March 31, 2016
Is your ERG a victim of its own success? Have you grown from one scrappy and effective chapter to multiple national or global chapters that have their own priorities and compete for resources and attention? This workshop is designed as a practical discussion on how to develop, expand, and create an LGBT ERG that meets the needs of all stakeholders regardless of location, culture, or workforce make-up. Special focus on launching successful chapters outside of headquarters and internationally. Attendees will take away ideas about how to build an ERG that meets local employee and business needs as well as connects to broader enterprise goals and the global ERG community leveraging case studies and best practices from Dow Chemicals and NBC Universal.
Jayzen Patria, NBC Universal
Reginald Harwick, NBC Universal
Kristin Wygal, NBC Universal
Tlaca Benavides, Dow
Lisa Rhodes, Dow
Identifying and Mitigating LGBTQA Bias in our Workplace
Thursday, April 28, 2016
“Hidden” or “unconscious” bias is a topic that – while the concept has been around for quite some time – is finally getting a lot of attention within the workplace. There’s a growing number of studies today that show a link between hidden biases and our actual behavior. From hiring and promotion decisions to product and service locations and choices, people in the workplace are beginning to see how hidden biases are related to discriminatory behavior in a wide range of workplace interactions. This webinar will bring to light – in a safe and non-judgmental manner – the concept of our own hidden biases, especially as they relate to the LGBTQA community. We’ll see how you can start the conversation about hidden biases within your workplace; and you’ll leave with a list of strategies you can take back to your workplace on how to address and mitigate these hidden biases.
Dr. Steven Yacovelli, SweetRush
Mentoring: The Next Step to Success!
Thursday, May 26, 2016
Everyone always talks about needing a mentor! Mentoring starts with building strong professional relationships. Join our panel as they discuss mentoring for LGBT employees aspiring to promotion and career growth, for managers and execs seeking reverse mentoring to gain LGBT cultural competency and for companies advancing their LGBT inclusion efforts by working with other companies. Learn more about the various types of mentoring and best practices with concepts such as getting a Career Sponsor and how to create a network with other companies on a local, regional and national basis to share perspectives and experiences.
Rick J. Wilson, Director – Diversity & Inclusion at AT&T Services, Inc.
Clif Mathews, Accounting & Reporting Transformation Senior Manager at Deloitte
Governance Model & Executive Sponsors–Key to a Successful BRG
Thursday, June 30, 2016
How can you ensure the success of your BRG? What can you do to make it credible, business aligned and supported right up to CEO level? The key is a strong Governance Model and solid engagement from active executive sponsors. Thomson Reuters is willing to share how they have used this framework to build and strengthen their BRG “Pride at Work” since its inception in 2010. Hear from the Global Leadership Team leading their BRG as well as their executive sponsors – they will explain how governance can be used as an enabler for your BRG credibility but also how essential it is to have committed executive sponsors acting as passionate ambassadors for your BRG.
Benoît Gallot, Regional Head of HR, EUROPE at Thomson Reuters
What HR, D&I & Business Leaders need to know to support Transgender Employees
Thursday, July 28, 2016
Last year’s publication of the Workplace Gender Identity and Transition Guidelines has provided companies and organization with a clear path on creating transition teams and support for transgender employees. Many new companies are adding policies and benefits to their employee benefit packages and are striving to implement best practices. Join members of our Transgender Advisory Committee who will be able to provide more in-depth clarification on adding insurance benefits, customizing the transition guidelines for your business and understanding accommodations in the workplace. This town call is designed for Human Resource professionals as well as Employee/Business Resource Group members who advocate for change in their companies.
Thursday, August 25, 2016
Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) came into existence to support diversity efforts to reflect the changing workforce and marketplace, create inclusive environments and connect underrepresented groups in the workplace. They were designed to change workplace climate and have a positive effect on an organization. Then came Business Resource Groups (BRGs) that were designed to use the momentum gained from the ERG and move the focus to a stronger business focus. ERG/BRGs are growing beyond just an affinity group but how does this growth impact employees who don’t identify with the ERG/BRG or would be included in several, called intersectionality. Whether you are just starting out, need to revitalize your ERG or take the next step to becoming a BRG, this month’s town call will bring in those perspectives and let you share you work as we discuss tools, research and next steps toward LGBT workplace equality and engagement that serve the bottom line!
2015 Workplace Summit Kickoff [download PDF slides]
Thursday, February 26, 2015
The Out & Equal 2015 Annual Workplace Summit will be held in Dallas, Texas from October 5-8. Find out about this year’s plans and how you and your company can be involved. The call will provide the planning details for your team, discuss the workshop proposal process, Outie awards and details on registration and housing. Whether this is your first or tenth Summit this call provides you with the tools to create a value added experience.
The Clorox Journey: LGBT Marketing and Innovation [Download PDF slides]
Like many other Corporate ERGs, Clorox Pride is a group that successfully increases awareness and support for the LGBT community. We’re proud to say that we’ve maintained an HRC 100 score since 2006, because we know celebrating diversity while fostering inclusiveness is the right thing to do. However, we’d like to become a group that delivers positive business results through LGBT-marketing and product innovation. We’ve learned that it’s a challenge to shift organizational resources to support this goal without proven historical successes. Thus, the purpose of this working session is to share our objectives and successes thus far, but ultimately we hope to foster a discussion that will help all ERGs advance in their mission of driving business results through LGBT-inclusive marketing and product development.
The Cost of Inconsistency: Quantifying the Economic Burden to American Business from the Patchwork Quilt of Marriage Laws [Download PDF slides]
This session will feature recent research conducted by Marsh & McLennan Companies on two topics of interest to LGBT employees and their employers. The first part will examine the administrative and tax burdens borne by the employers and employees in the private sector due the inconsistent freedom to marry laws across the U.S. This patchwork quilt of marriage laws impose a billion dollar burden on the private sector and is part of the argument that will be set forth in the upcoming Supreme Court hearings. Expanding the conversation globally, the second part of the session will focus on the topic of employee mobility. In a world where it is illegal to be gay in over 75 countries and over 150 countries pose moderate to extreme risks to the LGBT community, when it comes to global mobility, just how inclusive can we be? The discussion will review how best to attract, retain and protect LGBT talent in a global organization, and also examine how to handle the relocation of, and provide support to, LGBT expatriates.
Katie Kopansky, Senior Consultant, Oliver Wyman
Michael Grover, Consultant, Mercer
Scott Davenport, Chief Operating Officer, Freedom to Marry
LGBT Self-Identification: Then and Now [Download PDF slides]
The LGBT Self-ID Community of Practice has been working since 2008 to advance data collection about LGBT employees in the workplace. Through anonymous engagement surveys and HR records, the concept of “what gets measured matters” has been a growing trend to identify and address the issues and opportunities for LGBT employees. Looking from a historical perspective, the best practices that were created through the LGBT Voluntary Self-Identification Community of Practice (CoP) are now paying dividends as more companies include voluntary LGBT demographic information. Companies are also working to extend this work to a global level. The next step is the application of this data to change the climate in the workplace. Join our presenters as we look back and look forward on self-identification. Our major topical areas will be:
- CoP Work retrospect
- Current work on LGBT self-ID (US Based)
- Global perspective on self-ID
Tim Jarman, Assistant Director, Diversity and Inclusiveness Ernst & Young LLP
Kenneth P. Werner, Senior Advisor, Office of Global Diversity Chevron Corporation
Annette Coffey Director, Smarter Workforce, HR Technology Solutions IBM
We now pronounce you…What to do with domestic partners? [Download PDF slides]
Corporations set the benchmark standard starting in the 90’s to provide employee equality on health care benefits by creating a domestic partner benefits program. Some companies included just same sex partners, while others expanded their programs to include employees with partners of the opposite sex. Qualifying requirements and “proof” of partnership required varied widely, and the tax and administrative burdens of offering such benefits were challenging. Nevertheless, corporations demonstrated a commitment to inclusion.
Now with the potential of marriage equality across the country, companies are considering doing away with their domestic partner benefit programs. There may be valid reasons to considering doing so, but there are also important reasons to take a pause and consider all of the complex factors at play. There are federal, state and personal reasons that LGBT couples don’t marry. In addition, at least 55% of LGBT employees are not out at work and could be impacted by a change in their benefits. What is the best practice in this situation and how can companies continue to provide fair, comprehensive benefits for all their employees? Join us for this town call to discuss the key aspects to consider in analyzing the future of domestic partner benefit programs and recommendations based on the upcoming Supreme Court decision.
Todd A. Solomon, Partner, McDermott Will & Emery LLP
Brian J. Tiemann, Partner, McDermott Will & Emery LLP
Tonya Wilkes Moore, Vice President, Associate General Counsel, Darden Restaurants
Bill Hendrix, Ph.D., Business Partner, Coastal States Dow AgroSciences LLP
The robust LGBT consumer base represents a multi-billion dollar buying potential. Studies show that LGBT consumers are significantly more likely to purchase from and remain loyal to brands that reflect positive images of diversity and inclusion and that do proactive outreach to engage the community.
This is a growing area in all media for companies as they expand their market share. Learn from industry experts and hear examples of successful campaigns from companies who are breaking down stereotypes in their advertising strategies. Gain practical knowledge that you can use within your company, no matter what size, to attract the ever sought after ‘pink dollar’.
Ian Johnson, CEO, OutNow
Bob Witeck, Witeck Communications, Inc.
John Lake, LGBT Segment Leader Enterprise Marketing Strategy and Segments, Wells Fargo
Three years ago, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) decided in the case of Mia Macy that gender identity discrimination was prohibited under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. In July 2015, in the Baldwin case, the EEOC interpreted Title VII to definitively include all sexual orientation claims as well. While not as binding as federal court decisions, these government decisions have put employers in the United States with 15 or more employees in the private sector and state and local governments, as well as the entire federal government, on notice about protections that existing law provide for LGBT people. Join our experts today to discover the scope and impact of these new interpretations for your company. With legal liability now facing employers, this is vital information you need to know to ensure your policies and actions are in line with expected non-discrimination.
Chai R. Feldblum, Commissioner of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Jennifer C. Pizer, Law & Policy Project Director, Lambda Legal
Greg Nevins, Counsel and Workplace Fairness Program Strategist, Lambda Legal
Did you know that September 23 is the 15th anniversary of Celebrate Bisexuality Day? This celebration has expanded into Bisexual Awareness Week and this town call will look at what you need to know in your business, organization or group to be Bi inclusive!. Join our presenters who will talk about the most up to date cultural competency facts you need to know and how our unconscious bias can prevent full workplace inclusion for the “B” in LGBT.
Lauren B. Beach, JD/PhD Vanderbilt University Medical Center Postdoctoral Fellow, Division of Nephrology
Gary B. North, Treasurer / Co-founder BiNet USA; Founder first national bi newsletter; Journalist
Denise Penn, VP American Institute of Bisexuality; Executive Committee and CoChair LGBT Caucus of CA State Democratic Party; Journalist; Social worker
Join us as we recap key highlights from the 2015 Out & Equal Workplace Summit in Dallas, TX. This is a great opportunity for those of you who joined us in Dallas to re-live the Summit experience or for those of you who couldn’t join us to catch up on everything that you may have missed. We’ll report out on our attendee metrics, workshops, featured panels and share inspirational videos from our speaker lineup.
Pat Ballie, Director of Training & Professional Development
Daniel Lawrence Smith, Associate Director of Training & Professional Development
Maddison LeRoy, Senior Communications Associate
Emily Odenberg, Events Manager
Transgender Topics: TDOR and New Transition Guidelines [Download PDF Slides]
Each year in November, the community comes together to remember those who are transgender or gender non-conforming who have been killed over the past year. The Transgender Day of Remembrance web site has over 45 names listed so far this year. The TDOR began in 1998 and this year we have seen increasing violence against trans women of color in the United States. We will begin the call by remembering and hearing what we can do to make a difference. We will continue the call with tangible steps you can take back to your workplace with a review by the Transgender Advisory Committee members of the newly published Out & Equal Workplace Gender Identity & Transition Guidelines.
Pat Ballie, Director of Training & Professional Development
Daniel Lawrence Smith, Associate Director of Training & Professional Development
Lori Fox, President and Founder of Lori Fox Diversity/Business Consulting, Out & Equal Board Member
Deborah Drew, Chair Transgender Advisory Committee
Jenna Cook, TAC Member and Primary Guideline Author
World AIDS Day & Updates on HIV Treatments [Download PDF Slides]
Almost 35 years ago, HIV/AIDS became part of our lives. The face of those impacted have changed over the years and long term prognosis and preventive treatments are in the news. Every December, we stop and reflect back on those we lost with World AIDS Day. Join us as we look back, remember and look forward to how we see HIV/AIDS is now part of all our lives, including in the workplace.
Pat Ballie, Director of Training & Professional Development
Daniel Lawrence Smith, Associate Director of Training & Professional Development
Stephen Huey, Associate Director, Corporate Accounts NAMG Board of Director
John Cunningham, Executive Director National AIDS Memorial Grove
Alex Garner, Program Coordinator National Minority AIDS Council
Chris Lee, Co-chair of the SF Affiliate
Thursday, Jan 30, 2014
(This is the second of our Virtual Summit Series sponsored by Sprint & Fannie Mae)
This year, the HRC Foundation announced changes to the scoring system of the annual Corporate Equality Index survey, to go into effect in calendar year 2015 for the 2016 survey and report. All of the changes stem from one guiding principle: that discrimination has no place in a top-rated CEI business. Under the new scorecard, a business must ensure that the principles of non-discrimination and LGBT equality include: a global non-discrimination policy and/ or global code of conduct that specifically prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity; a requirement that suppliers and vendors must abide by the business’s own fully inclusive non-discrimination policy; and, a requirement that a top-rated business does not contribute funding to organizations with a written policy or mission of discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. Join us as we talk about how to maintain a high score on the CEI and highlight best practices in each new criterion.
Discovering Strength in our Diversity: Voices of Latino/Latina/Hispanic LGBT/Allies
Thursday, Feb 27, 2014
Companies talk about the business case for expanding diversity initiatives and providing space for employees of like minds to come together through Employee/Business Resource Groups. But “bringing our whole selves to work” is not a one dimensional concept. How do Latino/Latino and Hispanic employees who are LGBT or allies navigate the challenges of culture and community they may face at work and at home? Hear from our panel how they have maneuvered that path and become a bridge between communities. Taking the next step in our diversity initiatives means finding models to increase the exchange of our experiences, improve our cultural competency and work jointly between our ERG/BRGs. Discover the best practices to change our workplaces for the better.
The Post-DOMA Era: The Great News for Companies and Employees!
Thursday, Mar 27, 2014
Since 1996, progressive companies have tried to mitigate the impact of Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in search of benefits equality for LGBT families. The Supreme Court took the first steps to end DOMA but new challenges now face LGBT employees and companies. Our panel will look at the impact DOMA has had, what companies have been doing and what changes are on the horizon. Building on that foundation, we will look at the next steps and questions on how businesses are being impacted with the patchwork of decisions that exist today and what are the next steps. Panelists will share their expertise and their insights but also bring your questions so we can expand the discussion on next steps!
Implementing and Leveraging Self-identification as a Method for Driving Change
Thursday, April 24, 2014
Join us to explore the power that LGBT self-ID, aka self-declaration (pick your country), can have as a method for driving change. With leading practice examples from both sides of the Atlantic, we will provide insights into the impact and benefits that LGBT self-declaration can have, while also the practical approaches to and challenges of introducing LGBT self-declaration in the current US and UK climates. Bring your challenges for an interactive discussion about breaking down barriers while growing your understanding about the legal and human resources tips for implementing and leveraging the information you’ve collected.
Thursday, May 29, 2014
Changes in the discussion of global LGBT equality are happening almost daily. Progressive countries are adding benefits while others are adding laws that negatively impact the day to day lives of LGBT employees. What can businesses do to provide a level playing field for their global workforce? Join us for this call to review the current global work and resources available. Community Business will provide insights into their work and updates on India and Asia. Pelisse Berry, founder and CEO of Out & Equal, will share updates on recent meetings with businesses in India and the work on developing global resources. This town call will be from 9:00-10:00am this month to provide a greater opportunity for global audience attendance.
Executives Coming Out: The Next Generation
Thursday, June 26, 2014
We have seen many national and global changes on LGBT workplace equality over the last few years since the release of the Out & Equal at Work: From Closet to Corner Office. What are today’s executives and those emerging leaders who hope to become executives facing on the job? How does working on LGBT ERGs or being out in the workplace impact your changes to reach the corner office? Are we seeing climate changes across the sectors and around the world? Join us for this honest look at balancing your career path and bringing your whole self to the office as we hear from those living it today!
Moving from Corporate to Retirement : LGBT considerations
Thursday, July 31, 2014
The Boomer Generation (born between 1946-1964 in the US) has influenced politics, economics, and culture around the world. LGBT employees as part of this largest generational segment are beginning to think about retirement and influencing culture change again. What does retirement look like for us and those upcoming generations as well? The rules are all new for those thinking about retirement who are LGBT, no matter what generation they represent. Join our panelists this month to talk about what to think about, plan for, and expect with state and national changes to laws regarding our lives beyond the workplace. We will talk about the impact of getting those 1,138 federal rights that marriage provides and include strategies to use no matter what our relationships are.
Families & Work life – Finding the Connections
Thursday, Aug 28, 2014
When we talk about “bringing our whole selves to the workplace” that has to include our families and lives outside of work. When you have a family, children and outside responsibilities, there is always an impact to our worklife? When we are out in the workplace, we can navigate those priorities on the job. What happens if we can’t be out or don’t have full protection to be able to care for our families. Join our panel today to explore the triumphs and challenges faced by LGBT employees as they navigate being out and being part of a family.
Bisexuality in the Workplace
The Bisexual Leadership Roundtable and the Out & Equal Bisexual Advisory Committee will be hosting this month’s town call during Bisexual Awareness Week. The call will highlight different aspects of the experience of being bisexual in the workplace and bring the experts in to provide tools to use in your workplace and community. The “B” in LGBT is often overlooked, forgotten or doesn’t feel welcomed into our Employee/Business Resource Groups. Learning more about the diversity of this community and breaking down myths will advance our goal of inclusion on the job. Join our expert panel to learn about making the connections, finding tools to expand your outreach to bisexuals and learning what being an ally to the “B” is all about.
The Bisexual Leadership Roundtable and the Out & Equal Bisexual Advisory Committee will be hosting this month’s town call during Bisexual Awareness Week. The Awareness week will focus on different aspects of the experience of being bisexual and provides many opportunities for learning a wide variety of things you may not even have been aware you didn’t know. The week itself encompasses these topics:
Sunday 9/21 — Bi History
Monday 9/22 — Bi Facts
Tuesday 9/23 — “My bisexuality looks like….”
Wednesday 9/24 — Bisexual Media
Thursday 9/25 — Bi Men
Friday 9/26 — Bi and Trans
Saturday 9/27 — Bi Allies
The call will highlight many of these areas and bring the experts in to provide tools to use in your workplace and community. The “B” in LGBT is often overlooked, forgotten or doesn’t feel welcomed into our Employee/Business Resource Groups. Learning more about the diversity of this community and breaking down myths will advance our goal of inclusion
Implementation of Industry-wide Transition Guidelines for Employees and Employers & Transgender Day of Remembrance
Thursday, Nov 20, 2014
The creation of workplace transition guidelines takes the participation of advocates, industry experts and members of the LGBT community. Participants will be guided through an outline that includes LGBTQQIA definitions, legal perspectives, workplace transition guidelines, business cases for inclusion of LGBTQQI employees, key findings in employment and retention of transgender people, becoming an ally, and various resources. Discussions focused on capturing best practices will provide transgender, queer and questioning individuals educational resources for colleagues and management that engenders an inclusive environment of acceptance in the workplace. These guidelines are intended for management, human resource professionals, and diversity and inclusion personnel to facilitate employees transitioning in the workplace. The guidelines that the Transgender Advisory Committee (TAC) is developing will provide a comprehensive ready rational and justification for inclusive policies and insurance benefits for transitioning employees.
Since November 20 is also the Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR), we will also take part of this call to educate on the violence experienced by transgender community members and remember those we have lost this last year.
What’s happening with our health: Perspectives on 2014!
Thursday, Dec 18, 2014
December begins with World AIDS Day where we remember the impact of HIV/AIDS in all our lives. There is a large generational divide for those who know someone who has died from HIV/AIDS. Nearly half (47 percent) of gay and bisexual men ages 35 and older say they have lost someone close to them to the disease, while just 8 percent of those ages 18-34 say the same. For some, we remember and for others, we find ourselves impacted by HIV/AIDS and other health issues on a daily basis. Our call today will focus not only HIV/AIDS but on health factors and changes for the LGBT community. We will cover two key aspects. First we will have Immigration Equality talk about the connection between LGBT/HIV/Immigration from a global perspective. Many who work for multinational companies may work oversees, fall in love and marry and then find difficulties in trying to come back to the US if their partner is HIV positive. Our second topic will more broadly look at how health care is changing for LGBT employees. We will hear from Aditi Hardikar, who is the new White House LGBT liaison, on how the face of health care is changing. We are seeing the increase in full federal benefits for government employees and those who now live in states where marriage equality is a reality. Aditi will also talk about the connections for the LGBT community with the Obama Healthcare plan. Join us for this last call of 2014 to learn more about the quality of life issues that we deal with daily around our health!