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Out and Discriminated Against? LGBTQ Rights in the Workplace

Americas Society / Council of the Americas

November 6, 2014


(Image: Les Chatfield)

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The Americas have made strides in LGBTQ rights—a taboo until recently. Buenos Aires has become one of the world’s most popular gay destinations, while Brazil broadcast its first-ever gay male kiss in a prime-time series earlier this year. In the past decade, Argentina, Brazil, Canada, and Uruguay passed national same-sex marriage legislation. 

As the region moves toward more equality, much work remains to be done in regards to LGBTQ rights in the workplace. Most countries in the region lack legislation preventing LGBTQ workers from discrimination, as do most U.S. states. As a result, employees can be fired based on their sexual identities. Four in 10 gays in the United States have faced harassment or other forms of discrimination in their workplace. In Mexico and Colombia, openly serving in the military is still a challenge.

Join the YPA and the Princeton University's Bisexual, Transgendered, Gay, and Lesbian Alumni Association (BTGALA) for a panel discussion on LGBTQ rights in the workplace. Panelists will discuss the challenges in advancing LGBTQ rights in professional settings as well as how to navigate the work environment as an LGBTQ.

Keynote Speaker:

  • Susan Neisloss, President, Big Bite, Inc.


  • Shawn Cowls, President, FFR/Princeton BTGALA
  • Imani Keith Henry,  Principal, OD for the People
  • Ross Murray, Program Director, GLAAD
  • Alexandra Parker, Managing Director, Corporate Finance Group, Moody's
  • Brian Sims, State Representative, Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Registration Fee: $10

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Imani Keith Henry

Principal, OD for the People

Imany Henry is a diversity trainer and organizational development consultant at OD for the People. Philosophically rooted in the client-centered modality of Harm Reduction Psychotherapy, Imani has worked as a social service worker and administrator in the cities of New York and Boston since 1992. Much of his background and expertise has been in HIV prevention/education working primarily with adolescents and adults dually-diagnosed with mental health conditions and substance use.

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Ross Murray

Program Director, GLAAD

Ross Murray is the Program Director at GLAAD. GLAAD's News Program proactively works with the most influential TV, print, and online news outlets to ensure they cover LGBT issues – and responds when stories are not are fair and accurate. Ross has secured national and religious media interest in stories that bring examples of LGBT equality in faith communities to Americans. He speaks and writes frequently about the relationship between religion and LGBT people.

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Susan Neisloss

President, Big Bite, Inc.

Susan Neisloss is President of Big Bite, Inc. Her expertise spans the media, corporate and public relations arenas, including: reporter, producer and anchor in major television markets for more than a decade; senior executive at Golin/Harris and Fleishman Hillard, two of the world’s leading global public relations firms; international spokesperson, media manager, and video producer at pharmaceutical giant, Syntex, now Roche. She also was communications director for the CBS station in Los Angeles where she served as media spokesperson.

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Alexandra Parker

Managing Director, Corporate Finance Group, Moody's

Alexandra Parker is a Managing Director within the Corporate Finance Group at Moody’s Investors Service. She currently heads the High Yield and Credit Estimates Teams. Ms. Parker is also an LGBT Ally, a member of the Steering Committee for Moody’s LGBTA Employee Resource Group, and Diversity & Inclusion Ambassador for the Corporate Finance Group in the Americas. Previous to her current position, Ms. Parker managed the Corporate Finance Group’s Telecom, Media and Technology team.

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Hon. Brian Sims

State Representative, Pennsylvania House of Representatives

State Representative Brian K. Sims is a distinguished policy attorney and civil rights advocate from Center City Philadelphia. The former staff counsel for policy and planning at the Philadelphia Bar Association, he recently stepped down as both the president of the board of directors of Equality Pennsylvania and as chairman of Gay and Lesbian Lawyers of Philadelphia (GALLOP).

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