June is Pride month, so hereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a round-up of some of the latest news and developments affecting the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community that piqued our interest:
Tying the knot: New York could become the sixth state in the nation to allow same sex marriage, pending a State Senate vote thatÃ‚ reports suggestÃ‚ may happenÃ‚ today. The NY State Assembly already voted in favor of the bill Wednesday. Same sex marriage is currently legal in five states (Massachusetts, Connecticut, Iowa, Vermont, and New Hampshire) and the District of Columbia. In addition, a number of states offer civil unions or domestic partnerships. Californians are still awaiting the outcome of a federal court case that will determine the constitutional validity of Proposition 8 (a constitutional amendment passed in California in November 2008 that restricts the definition of marriage to opposite sex couples).
Census snapshots: The Williams Institute at UCLA will be releasing snapshots of the 2010 Census throughout the summer, providing demographic and geographic information about same-sex couples and same-sex couples raising children for all 50 states, Washington D.C., and Puerto Rico. New this week: Alabama and Hawaii. The 2010 U.S. Census is the first to report counts of both same-sex partners and same-sex spouses.
Corporate equality: Insurers are among a growingÃ‚ number of Fortune 500 companies that continue to break new ground in workplace protections and benefits for LGBT people, according to the Human Rights Campaign FoundationÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s 2011 Corporate Equality Index (CEI). The CEI rates employers on a scale from 0 to 100 percent based on their LGBT workplace policies, benefits and practices, including non-discrimination policies and training, partner benefits, gender transition guidelines and LGBT resource groups. As an industry, insurance scored an average 91 percent rating in the latest survey, up from 88 percent the previous year. Check out our earlier post to see which insurers received a 100 percent rating.
Social media for a good cause: Direct auto insurer Esurance recently launched a charitable giving campaign on Facebook in support of The Trevor Project, the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBT youth. For each new Ã¢â‚¬Å“LikeÃ¢â‚¬ on its Facebook page, Esurance donated $10 to the organization, raising a total of $50,000. If you havenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t already, show your support and Ã¢â‚¬Å“LikeÃ¢â‚¬ Esurance.