Our schedule over the past week has been pretty jam…
The intent of this type of post is to periodically give you a recap of some cool articles that relate to the LGBT community and to business. This post examines three articles: an inspiring piece about career from the CEO of Hootsuite , an update on the NFL’s first openly gay player, and another fights back against anti-transgender rhetoric!
by Ryan Holmes
Almost everyone would like to have Arnold Schwarzenegger as a bodyguard. But as a business consultant or life coach? Unknown to most, the ex-Governor was already a millionaire at age 22 before he bombed the box-office as The Terminator. At the graduation commencement of University of Southern California, Schwarzenegger shared his six secrets of success. Most notable of these was giving back to the community. He said “whatever path that you take in your life, you must always find time to give something back. Reaching out and helping people will bring you more satisfaction than anything else you’ve ever done”. However, before one can generously pay it forward, he encouraged the young audience to trust themselves, to do what the gut tells them as right, to unafraid to fail, to ignore naysayers and to work really hard. No one disagreed with The Terminator.
by Sam Farmer
The NFL’s first openly gay player, Michael Sam is joining the Cowboys after he was cut by the Rams. Sam won’t be playing in the opener game despite the fact that the time lacks pass rushers because of ‘multiple injuries and the loss of franchise sacks leader DeMarcus Ware who is now in Denver. Sam was the co-defensive player of the year at Missouri last season. He has three sacks in four exhibition games for the Rams. He was edged out of the roster by a rookie. Sam says he is a “fan of defenses and Dallas needs some help” and that’s what he is going to do.
James Richardson has ‘outed’ himself as gay and is now openly fighting America’s marriage détente especially in his home state of Georgia. Richardson is not new to politics. He is the former spokesman and adviser for the Republican National Committee and for governors Haley Barbour and Jon Huntsman. He identifies himself as one of the 21,318 same-sex couples who call Georgia home yet has been denied the social stability and legal protections of marriage for five years. Richardson also claims that he is a “professional operative who’s helped install in government those who perpetuate marriage bias in America”. This recent admission, according to Richardson would ‘alienate friends whose faith regard his sexuality as culturally corrosive’. He believes that legalizing same-sex marriage would encourage stable employment among same-sex couples and “the state treasury would bank $5.5 million in new sales tax revenue borne of a big gay dowry for an expanded hospitality industry”.