10.31.18 | Happy Halloween! Did you have a favorite candy at Halloween? The Focus Group looks at America’s best and worst Halloween favorites. The OUT Law segment with Angela Giampolo looks at the importance of a post nuptial, trans rights, and a unique birth. Shoptalk explores career peaks at any age.
10.30.18 | Based on a recent study, the Human Right Campaign revealed that 46% of LGBTQ workers are not out at work. The study sites examples of inappropriate questions and fear of exclusion as some of the reason’s LGBT workers are still cautious about bringing their full selves to work. Canada pulls a fast one on the USA by including language to protect workers against discrimination on the basis of sex, including sexual orientation and gender identity in the latest North American Trade Agreement. And the Trump 2020 campaign is selling “LGBTQ for Trump” tees on their web site. You can’t make this stuff up!
10.24.18 | A common belief is that good-looking people also earn more money. But a new study turns this theory on its head. Researchers have found that people who are “very unattractive” may be the biggest earners. Should all meetings, even the in-person ones, be video meetings? A book burner in Iowa targets LGBT children’s titles, and no one knew kangaroo meet was on the menu at a school in Nebraska.
10.23.18 | A father stepped up to his son’s bully in an unexpected way: by treating him like a son and showing him a little kindness. According to a new report by GLSEN, a national LGBTQ youth advocacy organization, progress for LGBTQ students has slowed for the first time in a decade, and trans and gender-nonconforming youth face increasingly hostile school climates. And our brains are wired for pessimism—and what you can do to fix it.
10.17.18 | The top ten most stressed out states to live in might come as a surprise. Six factors were used to compile the list—long commute times, unemployment, hours worked, population density, home price-to-income ratio and the number of uninsured residents in each state. Police are not happy about googly eyes showing up on historic statues, and Tituss Burgess will host a London to New York Virgin Atlantic flight featuring drag queen bingo and live performances for WorldPride in June 2019.
10.16.18 | A group of pastors in Texas are suing the city of Austin to overturn an employment nondiscrimination ordinance, saying it doesn’t include an exemption for “employers who hold religious objections” to LGBTQ people. A London couple on honeymoon in Sri Lanka buys the hotel they were staying at after 12 glasses of rum each, and a white couple whose black babysitter was followed by a white woman and questioned by police said they were in disbelief about the incident.
10.10.18 | Working for yourself and being your own boss might also lead to better mental and physical health. Switzerland has voted to impose the strictest penalties in the world for trans- and homophobia, putting them on par with racism. Those found guilty of either could face up to three years in prison. A hotel in Brisbane was forced to apologize for a ‘sexist’ ad featuring a couple enjoying breakfast in bed, and ‘drunk’ birds are causing havoc in a Minnesota town.
10.09.18 | The Toys R Us bankruptcy auction was canceled, and the brand may be set for a revival. Your monthly car payment can be a wealth killer by preventing savings, and a landscaper in Georgia won’t work for a gay couple.
10.03.18 | While the Out & Equal Workplace Summit takes place in Seattle, The Focus Group traveled to the frontline to speak with two HR professionals regarding diversity, inclusion, and the fast-changing worker/employer landscape. Machelle Williams and David Bruce of Volkswagen serve up the challenges and opportunities facing many companies right now. But first, did Disney “white wash” a Princess, and a bridal parties list of crazy demands.
10.02.18 | In an attempt to stop a drag queen story hour event at the Lafayette Public Library in Louisiana, two antigay Christian groups have filed suit against the town, the governor of Louisiana, and the library. Drinking diet soda can lead to metabolic syndrome, a mix of conditions that includes: increased blood pressure, high blood sugar, and weight gain. And drama at the Zoo! A gay penguin couple briefly ‘kidnaps’ a chick from neglectful parents.