The Economist Events
Issue #1  |  January 12th 2016
Beware the backlash
While 2015 was a year of huge progress for LGBT inclusion in America, not least due to business playing a crucial positive leadership role, expect a backlash in 2016, warns the Guardian, pointing to a host of new legislative battles which could reverse some of the progress made in parts of the country.
A perfect 47
According to the latest Municipal Equality Index (MEI) published by the Human Rights Campaign, an LGBT rights NGO, 47 American cities, with a combined population of 32m, received a perfect score in 2015, of the over 400 cities whose laws, policies and services are evaluated for their LGBT-inclusivity.
Transgendering made simple
Currently, a British person wishing to change legal gender must be approved for a Gender Recognition Certificate by two medical professionals. A recent proposal by an influential Parliamentary committee would permit a person to change gender by simply completing a form, without a medical examination or doctor’s visit. Ireland, Argentina, Denmark, Malta and Colombia already allow transgender people to do this.
Hong Kong phooey
LGBT activists in Hong Kong were outraged by the failure to advocate pro-inclusion legislation in the government’s much anticipated report on discrimination against sexual minorities. Meanwhile, a new book published in Hong Kong alleged that Communist China’s first prime minister, Zhou Enlai, was probably gay. The book by Tsoi Wing-mui that makes this claim is expected to be banned in mainland China.
Blame Uncle Sam
Rather than welcoming the steadfast American government support for policies of inclusion in Africa, some LGBT Africans think Uncle Sam has actually made matters worse says the New York Times. At least $350m of American tax dollars have gone to promote LGBT rights in Africa, yet according to one 24-year-old Nigerian, “There’s more resistance now. It’s triggered people’s defense mechanism.”
Inclusive advertising
Selling the new normal
Using LGBT content in advertising has become the height of fashion among today’s Mad Men, but progress is still slow in many parts of the world. Read article
Out on the trading floor
A tale of inclusion on Wall Street
Today Wall Street is LGBT-friendly, but it wasn't always that way. We asked Erika Karp, CEO of her own investment firm, about her experience of coming out. Read article
Let them wed
From the archives
The Economist advocated for same-sex marriage in a cover story published nearly 20 years ago--a push for tolerance rare at the time. Read article