ILLEGAL: “Ever been arrested?”
LEGAL: “Ever been convicted of ___?”
A general question about your (criminal) past is off topic, but a more targeted question regarding questionable behavior — as it relates to your job — is okay. For example, if you were applying for a job as a magician, it’s appropriate to ask if you’ve ever been convicted of fraud in your line of work.
It’s not so much what the question is asking, but how the question is asked. Federal and state laws prevent employers from asking interviewees about subjects unrelated to the job. However, if you feel you have been asked a question that’s off-limits, you should seek legal counsel. Before you take serious action, take into consideration the nature of the job, the context of the situation, the interviewer’s intent, and of course, the phrasing of the question. Good luck, and happy interviewing!
I could remember myself not knowing how well my family would take me coming out after hearing stories where families kicked out children for being gender nonconforming. I had it rather easy but there is still that all those others that don’t have it so nice. Currently , according to a new Williams Institute study, as many as 40% of homeless youth identify as LGBT. From the study what was astonishing was how prominent family rejection contributed to homelessness of LGBT youth.
Taken from ThinkProgress.org
We must come to rectify the “ground zero” cause which still is antigay beliefs spread around by churches and various organizations that promote fear into parents for accepting and housing someone different in their house. One day hopefully that people will be more accepting because these stars are ridiculous.
Frank Ocean has been the trending topic this past week with his coming out story, as well as his album dropping early and Target cutting off their shipments because he released it early on iTunes. One thing that saddens me to see there is a trend going on Twitter where people are comparing frank ocean coming out to the life of Jerry Sandusky. If you done know who Jerry Sandusky is he was convicted of 45 counts of child Molestation.
This is a time where we as Queer people of color need to come together in support of Frank Ocean. He is a person that dropped a penny in the still pond and people are getting upset. So support him, support his album If your in NYC he’s going to be performing on the 26 of this month make sure his tickets are sold out.
All I can do is shake my head at the hateful comments some of the people said which are shown below.
Google as usual is taking the lead at something ground breaking deemed “Legalize Love”. Google has been known to be one of the most inclusive workplaces so Legalize Love is to also ensure that Google employees have the same inclusive atmosphere outside of their work.
The whole world isn’t gay friendly as the US there are many countries in which Google operates where members who identify with and support the LGBT community encounter discrimination on many levels, from verbal discrimination to criminal prosecution.
Google answer to this, Legalize Love, is a campaign directly targeting countries where homosexuality is criminalized in order to create change. The campaign will launch next week Monday in countries such as Singapore and Poland.
Some people are very supportive and some people like the American Family Association plan on boycotting Google. Their announcement clip is attached below.As summarized in their own video Boycotting google is nearly insane due to the fact that almost everything you touch connects to google in some way shape or form.
SCS reader says:
It is widely advised that applicants should NOT put their picture on their resume. However, applicants are being advised to put there LinkedIn profile on there resume, which most of them have a picture. For individuals who do not want to be discriminated against, is it a good idea to advise them to not put there LinkedIn profile on there resume or remove the picture from their profile?
No, I do not think you should advise to have no picture, as long as the picture is professional. The resume is a document, that is often scanned into an applicant tracking system (ATS) so a picture would not be ideal. The Linkedin profile is just that, a profile. I see it as a passport to get you to where you want to be and shows where you have been. Having no picture will hurt most candidates, no matter how well their profile is written (this coming from the majority of employers I have spoken to) because without a picture your profile is incomplete.
Help support our newest LGBT family Frank Ocean by purchasing his album Channel Orange. Click icon to be directed to iTunes.
“What’s that Candidate Wearing?”
So often, job seekers ask me, “What should I wear?” Before you roll your eyes and click away, I’m asking you to give a minute to the relationship between attire and You might respond to What should I wear? with “Use common sense” or “Just exercise good judgment,” THE END. But that’s just it, your common sense and your good judgment in the interview room are someone else’s skin tight club dress with 6” heels or dirty jeans with Chuck Taylors and Grateful Dead tee. Sound ridiculous but it does happen.
It’s a delicate balance of common sense, generational alignment, personal tastes, internal and external fashion designs and individuality. What clothes match the job responsibility and the company culture?
Now, here’s my advice to both the interviewer and interviewee. First the interviewee:
Do your research. Google the company. Look for the about us page, look for community photos. Do a cross search, look on LinkedIn and even Twitter. See what kind of image the company has and if they have no social identity then odds are they are a little more conservative.
Mix it up. Look, not everyone thinks like you or like me, we’re all different but there are certain things that are constant, like dressing nicely. I’ve never heard of someone NOT getting a job because they wore a suit. This is the 21st there are different cuts and styles of suits that are more modern and trendy…get one.
Expect the unexpected. You may be interviewed by a guy that looks like Donald Trump or a lady that looks like Michelle Obama, either way don’t be alarmed by sex, shape, size, color or outfit. Far as you know that person’s the boss and most important person in your life at that moment.
And for the interviewer:
Walk a mile in their shoes. Think about how nervous they might be. Think about how they don’t know what to expect. They are nervous, so cut them a break and try to focus on skills and education. How would this candidate perform?
Don’t trip. By this, I mean power trip. Don’t use the interview setting as an opportunity to assert your limited amount of power or make assessments based on ill relevant factors, like suit color, skin color, type of shoe, or brand name.
When scheduling the interview, communicate clearly the organizational environment. Let the candidate know if you are conservative, business causal or simply casual workplace.
Interview the person not the clothes.
Beyonce responds to Frank Ocean coming out with this poem. It’s glad to see that Our Lady B is supportive
Be In Love
I wish to sing a song
for the boy I loved in 3rd grade.
Iâd watch his eyes light up cerulean,
wanted them to be mine,
to align these rigid feelings in bone
To solve the sadness of my mystery.
The unfurling of my sensitivity
admits the discovery of my body.
I wanted someone to explore.
I would dream of hidden futures,
the pressing of plush, bridled
with the fear of adolescent adulteration.
I wanted him like nothing else.
More than Christmas and Halloween.
More than anything.
I wallowed in wonder
But I never got to kiss.
He never learned my truth.
We never said goodbye.
ILLEGAL: “How old are you? When did you graduate from college?”
LEGAL: “Are you over the age of 18?”
Whether you’re 18 going on 48 or 60 going on 40, employers are not allowed to discriminate against age (which is what the first question implies). However, when asked differently, the question becomes legal; the legal phrasing implies an age range, not a specific number. After all, employers need to know their employees are over 18 years of age to work legally in the U.S.
Creating change and breaking barriers is very hard thing to do. I thank you for doing what you did and being genuine individual. What you did was that spark of that will create a tsunami of change. Your actions will inspire youth, save lives, give hope and promote discussion in minority communities.
It took a person like you , honest and talented, to be that cornerstone to let others in the homophobic ridden community know that it is okay to come out and that there is support. Â I hope in the very near future others take hint and be as brave as you.
Founder of ShuoMii Life.
This Tuesday has been a very eventful, two celebrities came out of the closet. Anderson Cooper , the CNN anchor , as well as Frank Ocean, songwriter & singer. From the two I am very surprised that Anderson Cooper got so much coverage, his sexuality was known already by almost everyone. I’m mean heck Kathy Griffin and him were good friends and she’s a gay magnet. So Coopers’ coming out story gets put on the back burner for a little while we talk about our other headliner.
Of the two Frank Ocean coming out story is gaining traction because he inhabits the world of rap, where anti-gay sentiments have long been part of the regular vocabulary. Ocean’s announcement is a sign of things coming to change. Responses are mixed ranging to the antigay jokes to support from artist such as Solange Knowles on twitter seen below.
I salute you, brave soul. Independence Day.
Both are helping to pave the way to let LGBT youth and young adults know that they can make it anywhere they want to be and that there is support when you put yourself out there.
I can remember my first time…
I had never done it before…
Blood rushing hard through my veins.
Scared of what my happen..
Scared of one word with a 50/50 chance..
Souls next to me scared shitless.
Getting a HIV test is probably one of the hardest things to ever do.
The FDA and OraQuick have attempted to make getting HIV results less nerve-racking with the first over-the-counter self-administered home test kit. The kit will be available in stores come October. The test is pretty simple via an oral swab application which gives you results in 40 minutes.
This product comes at a time where the overall HIV infections percentage is decreasing but the percentage of new infections originating from gay community.
OraQuick is going to have to make find a very ingenious way of marketing this device to the gay community due to the stigma of being HIV positive in the community. Regardless of the fact that there are medications that make living with HIV easier people are still afraid of HIV and staying ignorant is how they cope even though it’s not helping out anyone. So OraQuick has a lot on their hands to try to help the community that needs their service the most.
Back in 2008 Advocate Magazine came out with an article about Gay being the New Black. Back then it was mainly in reference to the Marriage Equality rights but, times are changing and issues are rising. Below are just a few issues going on in the world to make you realize that its not just about Gay Marriage anymore.
Teenage Texas Lesbian Couple Shot In Park
Take for instance attack on the teenage lesbian couple Mary Chapa and Mollie Olgin in Texas, on June 22. The couple had been shot in the head while in a park and thrown in knee-high grass by their assailant/s. It smells like hate crime because these two girls appeared very close and open about who they were but that’s just an opinion and the police are still in the dark trying to get clues about the whole event.
Recent update:Â 19-year-oldÂ Mollie Judith OlginÂ died as a result of the attack, but fortunately, her 18-year-old girlfriendÂ Mary Christine ChapaÂ is in stable condition in the hospital.
H8 at church “Ain’t No homos going to heaven”
The church has always been the leading and driving force against homosexuality. With various fronts such as pray the gay away services, protests ,lobbying and likes. It’s sad that they are starting with teaching hate to the little kids now at churches likeÂ Apostolic Truth Tabernacle Church in Greensburg, Indiana. In the video below there is what to appears to be a 5 y.o. singing the song “Ain’t no homes going to heaven” and him receiving astounding applauses from the audience. This church did receive a lot of responses to their Â hateful propaganda but it’s not going to change that much.
Their public response is just as bad as the video.
The Pastor and members of Apostolic Truth Tabernacle do not condone, teach, or practice hate of any person for any reason. We believe and hope that every person can find true Bible salvation and the mercy and grace of God in their lives. We are a strong advocate of the family unit according to the teachings and precepts found in the Holy Bible. We believe the Holy Bible is the Divinely-inspired Word of God and we will continue to uphold and preach that which is found in scripture.
Â Kill’Em before they are born
Last week, the Italian internet was briefly galvanized by an anonymous troll with a rather Catholic-looking Facebook page (see right), apparently created to advocate for the abortion of gay fetuses. Yes — gay fetuses, which, claimed the troll, doctors now have the ability to identify with some specificity. The page launched on June 19th,with this explanation.
Too many people have been misled by the false morality of the sodomites. But now, thanks to the miracle of science, we can prevent this. Yes, it is terrible to abort even the poor children burdened with sodomite genes, but it is the lesser evil.Â
The page stuck around, and its author stayed busy. Eventually, if I’ve got the translation right, it seems the author began to provide fake reports from clinics about the murder of infants — in one case, a report of gay babies who’d been strangled with their umbilical cords. Even though the entire page was fake…. I feel that someway somehow if we let shenanigans continue thatÂ maybe all of that will become a reality.
All these reports are from 2012 so there is still a lot to issues we have to work on beyond focusing on getting married.