Carnival Corporation Earns Perfect Score in Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index

MIAMI, Dec. 5, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Carnival Corporation & plc (NYSE/LSE: CCL; NYSE: CUK), the world’s largest leisure travel company, today announced that it has been recognized by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) with a perfect score in the Corporate Equality Index (CEI), which rates U.S. companies on their treatment of LGBTQ consumers, investors and employees.

This is also the third consecutive year that HRC – the largest LGBTQ civil rights organization in the U.S. – named Carnival Corporation among the top companies and recognized it as a best place to work for LGBTQ equality, acknowledging the company’s efforts to be fully inclusive.

“A perfect score from the HRC is a major achievement and reflects our efforts to promote a positive work environment that respects people from all walks of life,” said Jerry Montgomery, chief human resources officer for Carnival Corporation. “To be recognized by the largest LGBTQ civil rights organization in the country underscores that our commitment to creating an inclusive and welcoming company has never been stronger.”

Carnival Corporation’s 2020 sustainability goals include a commitment to building a diverse and inclusive workforce and providing all employees with a positive work environment and opportunities to build a rewarding career to further drive employee engagement.

The company has also shown its support of LGBTQ equality and inclusion through:  

  • Offering welcoming environments with LGBTQ cruises, onboard activities and special events, including hosting the 2015 Director’s Circle Summer Luncheon for the Seattle Men’s and Women’s choruses on Holland America Line;
  • Participating in the Florida Businesses for a Competitive Workforce coalition to end LGBTQ discrimination in the state’s businesses; and
  • Partnering with equal opportunity champions such as the Human Rights Campaign

“At Carnival Corporation, all of our 10 cruise line brands have unique cultures that reflect the diversity of their employees, guests and suppliers,” said Montgomery. “Our ability to be competitive, foster innovation and thrive globally is in part a result of our diversity and our belief that diversity of thinking plays an important role in our success and passion to provide our guests with great cruise vacations.”

Available online, the CEI has been the nation’s preeminent benchmarking tool for LGBTQ equality in the workplace since 2002. This year, the top score was awarded on the basis of detailed criteria in five key categories: non-discrimination policies, employment benefits, public commitment to LGBTQ equality, responsible corporate citizenship and demonstrated organizational competency and accountability around LGBTQ diversity and inclusion.

Big Payday for Same-Sex Married Couples |

A new report indicates it pays to be gay — or bi — and hitched to a member of the same sex.

We all know the stereotype of the typical gay man — uber-successful, well-dressed fellows strolling around P-town, Fire Island and other glamorous haute spots. This pervasive image is double-edged, though, because it fails to acknowledge that just like any other demographic, the population of both gays and lesbians includes those toiling below the poverty line as well as those prospering at the highest echelons.

What interests me most are couples, however. To get an accurate view of the state of gay household finances, I headed over to a new report from the U.S. Department of the Treasurythat provides a fairly accurate financial assessment of same-sex marrieds in the U.S.

I’m happy to announce that gay married men, making on average $176,000 per annum as a couple, clock in at 56 percent ahead of the income of our married straight counterparts. And really big winners of the income-earning contest are gay married couples with children who bring in a whopping $276,000 a year on average. (Of course, DINK — double income, no kids — gay couples lead the way in disposable income, of which, in my opinion, they’re disposing way too much and not saving enough, but that’s another story.)

Female couples aren’t doing too poorly either, bringing in a household average of $124,000, which puts them financially ahead of the average straight married couple, who earn a yearly $113,000.  Of course, nothing justifies the egregious gender pay gap that we’ll also be exploring in more depth in the future.

So what gives? How do we explain the significant income disparities between married heterosexual couples and married same-sex couples? The Treasury Department’s report offers some trenchant insights:

A large proportion of same-sex couples flock to major metropolitan areas — sophisticated seats of power and centers of media, culture, and consumerism — many of which are located on the coasts. These places tend to have higher cost of living but at the same time are the locus for jobs offering commensurate higher pay. Of course gay folks live everywhere but we are significantly better represented in what some would describe as more desirable cities that are, as it happens, the most gay-friendly as well.  Would you rather live in Manhattan, L.A., Miami or San Francisco versus, say, the stomping grounds of Christian supremacist V.P.-elect Mike Pence in Indianapolis or homophobic Pat “The Great Discriminator” McCrory’s Raleigh, N.C.? (No offense to the good people of Charlotte and other towns who worked so diligently to enact LGBT rights ordinances.)

Source: Big Payday for Same-Sex Married Couples |

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Going on a cruise is one of the most enjoyable and relaxing vacations you can take. The options are limitless ranging from the Mediterranean and Caribbean to the Baltic Sea or even Alaska. Of course the latter will be lacking sun and warm weather and it’s probably not the most gay-friendly option you could choose. So why not consider taking an all-gay cruise? You can opt for a small ship with a more intimate feel or take one of the more popular large boats with companies like Atlantis or RSVP. For the ladies, Olivia is the major player and all 3 companies have been around for 20 years or more. So if you’ve never thought about taking a gay cruise, here are 9 reasons that just might convince you.

Friendly and Social Atmosphere

One great aspect of taking a gay cruise is that most of the guests are friendly and open to meeting new people. On a straight cruise, guests come with friends or family and already have a social group established. On a gay cruise, there are many activities that help connect guests and give you a chance to meet new people.

Options for All: Singles, Couples and Friends

Another benefit on a gay cruise is the amount of different activities that take place on the ship. When we went on our Atlantis cruise a few years back, there were even events geared towards couples and singles. Couples could meet other couples and enjoy a meal together and singles could meet other singles and quickly make new friends.

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Chasing the Pride Dollar: Newest Gay-Friendly Destinations

These days, it seems just about everybody is after that rainbow dollar.

And the recent federal ruling by the Supreme Court to allow same-sex marriage in all 50 states will only further the expansion of cities, both large and small, marketing toward the gay community, which represents an estimated $70 billion travel market, or around six to eight percent of the entire travel market.

“Within every jurisdiction, it sends a signal to the world that says gay people are on the same footing as everyone else,” says Ed Salvato, editor-in-chief of ManAboutWorld, a gay travel magazine.

Source: Chasing the Pride Dollar: Newest Gay-Friendly Destinations

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Days after U.S. Supreme Court decision a jubilant SF Gay Pride parade marches with sense of unprecedented, historic joy – San Jose Mercury News

SAN FRANCISCO — On the steps of the same city hall where California’s first openly gay politician was once gunned down, an estimated million-strong gathering rocked to red-robed gospel singers belting out “Oh Happy Day” in the now legendary birthplace of the LGBT marriage movement, celebrating the miraculous march of history.

The crowd at the 45th annual SF Pride Celebration and Parade was notably young, confident and still a bit stunned about Friday’s momentous U.S. Supreme Court ruling that brought along a jubilance most could have never imagined. The once-in-a-lifetime significance of this march, on this day, in this city, swelled the crowds and the hearts united in a chant of “Love Wins!”

Source: Days after U.S. Supreme Court decision a jubilant SF Gay Pride parade marches with sense of unprecedented, historic joy – San Jose Mercury News

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To Avoid Supreme Court Decision, Alabama Temporarily Bans Gay Marriage Licenses

Although the Supreme Court last week ruled gay marriage bans unconstitutional, the Alabama Supreme Court on Monday effectively ordered probate judges not to issue same-sex marriage licenses for 25 days. The state’s Supreme Court picked this amount of time because, technically, there is a 25-day period to file a petition to rehear the U.S. Supreme Court case.

However, regardless of any petition period, Alabama must follow the law as set by the U.S. Supreme Court, the highest in the land. For this reason, the Alabama court’s order is confusing.

Source: To Avoid Supreme Court Decision, Alabama Temporarily Bans Gay Marriage Licenses

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Americans exude joy on Gay Pride Day after court ruling

Americans marked Gay Pride Day this year with an extra measure of gusto, turning out en masse at Sunday’s festivities in New York and other cities to celebrate the Supreme Court’s landmark ruling legalizing same-sex marriage across the country.

Two days after the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that the U.S. Constitution provides same-sex couples the right to marry, Governor Andrew Cuomo kicked off the New York City celebration by officiating at the marriage of two men outside of the Stonewall Inn, a Greenwich Village bar that is considered the birthplace of the U.S. gay rights movement.

“I want you to know I’m a little nervous today – it’s my first marriage,” Cuomo joked before marrying a couple in front of a crowd of several dozen onlookers

Source: Americans exude joy on Gay Pride Day after court ruling

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New York City Makes Stonewall Inn a Landmark – The New York Times

The Stonewall Inn, the Greenwich Village bar where resistance to a police raid touched off the modern gay rights movement, was made a New York City landmark on Tuesday, the first time a site has been named primarily because of its significance in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history.

“New York City’s greatness lies in its inclusivity and diversity,” Meenakshi Srinivasan, chairwoman of the city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission, said before the unanimous vote. “The events at Stonewall were a turning point in the L.G.B.T. rights movement and in the history of our nation.”

Patrons fought back against a police raid on the Stonewall Inn on June 28, 1969, and the street protests that followed for several days are credited with galvanizing gay activism in New York and globally. The rebellion is commemorated with annual gay pride parades in hundreds of cities.

“Few sites anywhere in New York have the international resonance of Stonewall,” said Andrew Berman, executive director of the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation.

The vote came after a public hearing in which every speaker supported the landmark designation.

Source: New York City Makes Stonewall Inn a Landmark – The New York Times

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10 Best Gay Beaches In The World

Summer is officially here, and the time is now for gays to make their annual pilgrimage to our favorite sandy meccas. Us homos have staked our towels on some of the best beach real estate in America, where boys run wild and the mimosas are bottomless (and so are some of the boys).

Below, check out NewNowNext’s roundup of North America’s best gay beaches, from Florida to California, Rehoboth to P-Town.

We’re sure you can handle the heat. Just don’t forget your suntan lotion.

Source: 10 Best Gay Beaches In The World