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You Probably Have a Lot More LGBTQ Co-Workers Than You Know: New Study Reveals Many Still Afraid to Come Out

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It’s 2019. And despite civil rights being directly under assault from the religious right and the Trump administration, there’s been strong improvement (and disappointing backsliding, like Trump’s direct assault on transgender people) in many areas for LGBTQ people in America.

Being LGBTQ can still be dangerous, especially for transgender people who face violence and even murder at a horrific rate. Even in large cities same-sex couples can still face harassment just for holding hands.

Now there are numbers to gauge what it’s like to be LGBTQ at work.

And the numbers are disturbing and disappointing.

Nearly half (47%) of LGBTQ employees say they fear being out at work would hurt their careers, or even cost them their jobs.

More than half (53%) say they have experienced or witnessed anti-LGBTQ discrimination.

More than four in 10 (43%) say they are not fully out at work.

And that means there are likely a lot more LGBTQ people at most workplaces than you may know.

All this comes from a new survey by the Harris poll, commissioned by Glassdoor, a job-searching website that allows employees to rate and review workplaces.

“Still today, 26 states do not protect LGBTQ employees at work and many of these employees believe coming out could hurt their career. This is a wake-up call to employers and lawmakers,” Jesus Suarez, Glassdoor’s LGBTQ and Ally Employee Group Leader, says. “Many employers have an opportunity to build or strengthen the foundation for an inclusive culture that encourages employees to bring their full selves to work.”

Glassdoor says the poll surveyed 6104 people, 515 of whom are employees and identify as LGBTQ.

 

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‘Minneapolis Is Burning’: Shocking Videos Emerge as Protesters Seek Justice for George Floyd

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Protesters and police clashed for a second night in Minneapolis as the former cop who killed George Floyd remains a free man.

Photos and video from the scene show at least one business burning.

Here are some of the images from the protest:

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US Breaks 100,000 Mark for Coronavirus Deaths

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At 1:02 PM the United States coronavirus death toll passed the 100,000 mark. It’s been just four months and eight days since the first case of the deadly virus was diagnosed in the U.S.

According to Johns Hopkins and NBC News, the death toll is now 100,012.

President Donald Trump spent months not taking action and downplaying the threat, then falsely claiming it would “disappear,” like a “miracle.”

A new study shows President Trump’s decision to cut off incoming traffic from China forced hundreds of thousands to enter the U.S. without being tested, likely resulting in the huge numbers of coronavirus infections. Trump repeated that deadly error when he shut down traffic from Europe.

The United States has more infections and more coronavirus deaths than any other nation, by far.

This is a breaking news and developing story. Details may change. This story will be updated, and NCRM will likely publish follow-up stories on this news. Stay tuned and refresh for updates.

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DOJ Refuses to Prosecute GOP Senator Accused of Dumping Stocks in Post-Coronavirus Briefing Insider Trading Scandal

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Bill Barr’s Dept. of Justice has closed the file on U.S. Senator Kelly Loeffler, refusing to prosecute the Republican from Georgia accused of insider trading. Loeffler, who is in an increasingly desperate election bid, was accused of selling millions of dollars in stocks after receiving confidential information on the impending coronavirus pandemic before it tanked the markets.

The FBI was looking into stock trades of Sen. Loeffler, along with those of Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK), Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), and Sen. Richard Burr (D-NC). All investigations except for the one into Senator Burr have been dropped, The Wall Street Journal reports.

All three Senators whose cases were dropped have said their investment advisors made the trades without their prior knowledge.

Loeffler was appointed to her seat in January by Gov. Brian Kemp to complete the term of Senator Johnny Isakson, who resigned. She is down in the polls. Her husband, Jeffrey Sprecher, is the chairman of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). He gave Trump’s Super PAC a $1 million check last week. The couple reportedly have donated $3.2 million to political campaigns, mostly Republican.

“Loeffler and her husband sold 27 stocks between January 24 and February 14 at a value of $1.28 million and $3.1 million, according to Senate financial disclosure records,” CNN reported in March. “They also purchased three stocks for between $450,000 to $1 million, including shares in Citrix, a software company used for teleconferencing that’s one of the few that’s gained value amid the coronavirus outbreak.”

Her husband “recently acquired as much as $415,000 in stock in DuPont de Nemours, a chemical company that manufactures protective equipment in exceedingly high demand because of the coronavirus pandemic,” the AP reported last month.

 

 

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