Queer As Folks

Multicultural Forum on Workplace Diversity Tackles New Challenges

For the past 21 years, the Multicultural Forum on Workplace Diversity has been educating employers and employees on the different ways people live their lives. With the ever-increasing openness of the GLBT community, the forum has been right on board with education.

This year’s event featured a multitude of speakers, including Nat Irvin, diversity futurist from the University of Louisville; Luke Visconti, partner and cofounder of DiversityInc; and Jamison Green, who spoke on “Transgender Awareness: Gender Diversity in the Workplace.”

The University of St. Thomas Opus College of Business and the National Black MBA Association Twin Cities Chapter cohosted the forum.

AIDS Action Day Increases HIV/AIDS Visibility Among Elected Officials

Coordinated by the Minnesota AIDS Project (MAP), AIDS Action Day took place March 12 at the Minnesota State Capitol. Along with representatives from MAP, anyone who participated was allowed to meet with his or her elected officials, sharing stories and concerns with those in the position to make changes concerning HIV/AIDS.

With a state budget deficit, HIV-service and -prevention programs could be on the chopping block, which made this year’s event all the more important. To find out who your elected official is, visit <www.gis.leg.mn/mapserver/districts/index.html>. Write that person to let him or her know HIV/AIDS budget cuts should not be an option.

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