What is happening for IDAHOTB around the world in 2018

first_imgIDAHOTB, or International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia, is one of the biggest day for LGBTI rights in the world.Across the globe, people will be coming together to commemorate, campaign and celebrate on 17 May. GAYSTARNEWS- The City of Paris will award LGBTI defenders including Stuart Milk, the founder of the Harvey Milk Foundation, and Cameroonian asylum activist Alice Nkom. Aurore Foursy, the president of Inter LGBT will also be awarded.GuatemalaGroups will come together under the name of the Guatemalan LGBTI Federation to come together to commemorate the day. This will include the sixth annual Walk Against Homophobia.GuyanaLGBTI youth will be center-stage at the Society Against Sexual Orientation Discrimination reception on the eve of 17 May. Attended by diplomats, officials and youth, it will aim to build alliances to better human rights in the South American country.HondurasKukulcanhn Tegucigalpa has organized a full week of activities which ends with march against homophobia, biphobia and transphobia on Saturday.LebanonIDAHOTB takes place in the middle of Beirut Pride this year. While there is no traditional parade, due to safety concerns, there will be a massive program of panels, fashion shows and live performances.MexicoThe LGBT Bestoton will be held on 17 May at the Palace of Fine Arts in Mexico City. The event will raise awareness about the consequences of discrimination.Mexico is one of the most dangerous places to be gay in the world.SerbiaCalling all movie-lovers. Haver is organizing FALAFEL, a festival of Israeli LGBTI movies. It will shown in Belgrade on 16 and 17 May.South AfricaA Pride parade in Pretoria, South Africa’s capital.LGBTI group Same Love Toti is organizing a Beach Walk in Durban on 12 May. A moment of silence will pay tribute for victims of LGBTI hate crime.Sri LankaSri Lanka is on the verge of decriminalizing homosexuality. Activists will hold a debate on 17 May on how to engage with the Sri Lankan government to implement suggestions and recommendations received at the Universal Periodic Review. Representatives from the government, charities, police and media will be in attendance.SwazilandRock of Hope, a human rights group, will march in a parade with believers of LGBTI equality in Swaziland in the beginning of June. A foreign campaign, disguising itself as the Parents of Eswatini, are demanding the group is disbanded and the parade is stopped.ThailandSeveral events are planned across Bangkok on 17 May. Keep updated on the Facebook page.United KingdomMarchers at Isle of Wight Pride 2017 | Photo courtesy of Isle of Wight PrideThe UK parliament will mark IDAHOTB with a discussion in the House of Commons. Nick Herbert, who chairs the LGBT Rights group, will hold the three-hour debate on 17 May from around 2pm.All MPs have been invited to speak on the current state of Britain’s LGBT rights policies, as well as its influence in the Commonwealth.In London, Kaleidoscope Trust will be hosting a panel discussion examining the role of the law in ensuring equality for LGBTI people across the world.While in Liverpool, there will be an afternoon of singing, dancing, poetry and performances by members of Many Hands, One Heart, alongside Movema and the Liverpool LGBT Choir.And in Manchester, there will be a gallery installation by Mike Upton looking at 30 years of activism in the city.United States of AmericaUnder the current political landscape, LGBTI Americans are getting hurt.The American Psychological Association will unveil a public Congressional Briefing on Capitol Hill on 17 May. It is titled Rolling Back Progress: How Shifts in Federal Policy are Hurting Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Americans.On a lighter note, the LGBT Moda Showcase will take place in New York City on 16 May. It is calling itself a showcase of fashion, identity and expression.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) The theme this year is Alliances for Solidarity.Read more on the official website.AustraliaNine big Brisbane landmarks will be shining with rainbow lights on the night of 17 May. Queensland Parliament House, Brisbane Powerhouse, Queensland Performing Arts Centre and Brisbane City Hall are all taking part.Rainbow flags will also fly from the HQs of emergency services and at Brisbane City Hall. There will be a free IDAHOTB remember event at Brisbane Powerhouse.In Victoria, hundreds of students will throw paint-filled water balloons at the Fawkner Police Station. This will become a permanent mural celebrating the LGBTI community.‘The rainbow artwork will form a permanent 80m mural on the police station fence and is a symbolic way for the community, including police, to show that we’re taking a stance against violence and discrimination,’ Acting Inspector Troy Papworth said.And in Melbourne, CGU Move in May will be a large community event. There will be an all inclusive Fun Run Walk, beginning at the Royal Botanical Gardens.BoliviaIn La Paz, an exhibition will celebrate trans people in the 60s and 70s. The event will be the candidate for the PCI of Humanity award, which honours the political presence of vindication the rights of historically excluded populations.BrazilThe city council of Aracaju will host a LGBTI forum to combat bigotry against the community. Researchers will also publish a history of LGBTI activism in Brazil, going from 1850 to today. CanadaToronto’s RightsCon will take place from 16-18 May. It will be covering everything from the Me Too movement to virtual reality to fake news.ChinaPhoto: FacebookThe Rainbow Bike Ride returns on 19 May. Six teams of cyclists, wearing different colors of the rainbow, will start from every corner of Shanghai to meet up for a picnic.You can follow along on ShanghaiPride‘s website.CroatiaThe Festival of Queer and Feminist Culture will be held in Rijeka on 17-19 May.It will aim to ‘queer up’ the city for IDAHOTB, and to also show the oppression and violence people face every day in society.Costa RicaYou gotta fight for your right | Photo: juanelpeor InstagramBe sure to check out the Front for Equal Rights’ night of artistic expression, showcasing painting, poetry and music.Síwo Alâr Hombres Trans CR, a trans rights group, will also call on the Supreme Court of Elections of San José to bring in laws protecting transgender people.CubaMariela Castro, the daughter of former Cuban president Raul Castro, is leading celebrations in Cuba for IDAHOTB.Marches and conferences, led by the National Center for Sexual Education, will be taking place across the island nation.Daniela Vega, the trans actress who starred in A Fantastic Woman, will participate in festivities in Havana and Pinar del Rio.El SalvadorActivists will march in the anti-transphobia march taking place in El Salvador on Saturday.  It is the ninth annual event to raise awareness of trans killings in the Central American country.France Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Teenage students throw rainbow paint at police station in AustraliaWorld Tourism with IGLTA2017 turns to a Rainbow in St. Petersburg, FloridaUganda’s LGBTI people are putting up a fight for their right to a safe placeRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/what-is-happening-for-idahotb-around-the-world/last_img read more

The New York Giants on Wednesday signed fullback E

first_img The New York Giants on Wednesday signed fullback Elijhaa Penny off the Arizona Cardinals practice squad.Although he hasn’t played a down with the team in 2018, the second-year back out of Idaho made the most of his opportunities last season.In 16 games played, he ran the rock 31 times for 124 yards, averaging 4.0 yards a carry, and two touchdowns. Penny, who converted to fullback for this season, also caught four passes for 38 yards. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories Comments   Share   In addition to Penny’s departure, the Cardinals released defensive tackle Garrison Smith on Tuesday.The team also cut practice squad linebacker B.J. Bello, signing linebacker Nigel Harris to fill the spot.Related LinksCardinals release DT Garrison Smith, make practice squad movesCardinals expected to fill open roster spot with former Eagle Joe WalkerCardinals to bring in WR Kendall Wright for workoutOn Wednesday, wide receiver Kendall Wright will be in Arizona for a planned workout, according to 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station’s John Gambadoro, while the team is also expected to sign linebacker Joe Walker from the Philadelphia Eagles’ practice squad.Penny will head to a New York team that struggled mightily on offense Sunday night.Quarterback Eli Manning was sacked a total of six times as the offensive line couldn’t win the battle in the trenches. Rookie running back Saquon Barkley also had a poor showing, rushing for just 28 yards on 11 carries.The Cardinals released Penny upon the 53-man roster cuts before the season and retained fullback Derrick Coleman. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retireslast_img read more

The Most Important Thing You Can Do for Your Business

first_imgEditor’s Note: This article first appeared on Inc. here.Over the past 27 years, including the last 17 as a Venture Capitalist, I’ve worked closely with hundreds of companies and observed probably tens of thousands.I’ve seen huge hits and massive flops and companies that pivoted successfully and companies that pivoted into oblivion. What I’ve found is this: The most important thing that a manager can do is remember that everything starts with the customer. Everything.The other striking thing is that most companies pay lip service to this idea yet so many fall short. This isn’t because of neglect or malfeasance. Everyone knows that they need to be “customer-focused.” Rather, it’s a blind spot. Businesses think they’re customer focused, but they’re not.Get Out ThereOne reason for this disconnect is that the product and marketing people are often cloistered in the office, insulated from the customers that they’re supposed to be marketing to. In contrast, sales is out there touching prospects all the time and as a result have idiosyncratic knowledge of the people with whom they are interacting.This separation shouldn’t be there. For a startup, sales and marketing should be almost indistinguishable. You should be conversing with hardcore users and to potential customers. This type of conversation is integral to product development. But I find that in about 50% of cases, marketing isn’t interacting with customers.This is the heart of the problem for many companies. For instance, there’s no use trying to get a department-level alignment unless you start with the customer and truly understand what it is that you need to motivate them down their journey. You need to figure out what those touch points are that you’re going to create and figure out who is going to create them.Marketing MyopiaWhat I’m saying may sound rudimentary, but the reality is I often see that marketing has zero knowledge of target customers or worse, it has false knowledge. This is an issue of focus. Instead of learning about the customer, marketing tends to be very focused on internal metrics, like how many hits the website or a given page gets. Deloitte has found that marketers are more attuned to addressing issues like organizational buy-in and breaking silos than meeting the emotional needs of customers.This lack of focus leads businesses to cater to needs that aren’t top of mind for customers. A classic example of this was several years ago when the Royal Bank of Canada began adding ATMs and online access and extended banking hours because it thought that its customers wanted more convenience. It turned out that they did, but that wasn’t their top priority. What RBC’s customers really wanted was a bank that cared about them and valued them as individuals.I’m not trying to be negative. Marketing is amongst the most important groups in the company. A company won’t grow unless the go-to-market people are doing a good job. Having false knowledge of the customer can be worse than having no knowledge at all because you’re operating off of assumptions that give you a false baseline and that means everything marketing does will be off.  The problem is that no one believes they have a false knowledge of the customer, but believe me, some of you reading this do.A Simple FixThis is a simple problem with a simple fix, which is to closely coordinate marketing and sales. First make sure that both marketing and sales is doing their job in getting out and talking to customers. Then ensure that marketing and sales are communicating daily about what those customers are saying. That way, the shared insights can be used for creating and iterating on coordinated experiences and an organization that’s then built to create those experiences.Shared knowledge is the basis for a continuous improvement loop that runs through the organization. If you start with the customer, you can optimize. That doesn’t mean you’re optimized, it means you can optimize.It sounds easy and obvious, I know. After all, we all know that meeting consumer needs is the basis for a successful business. But I’ve seen businesses fail at this over and over because, let’s face it, we all have blind spots. As physicist Richard Feynman once said, “The first principle is that you must not fool yourself, and you’re the easiest person to fool.”AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to PrintPrintShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more