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Statement from the Board of Directors: The Black AIDS Institute Announces Interim CEO

Interim CEO will serve alongside new Managing Director and Expert Consultants

NEW YORK, Sept. 23, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — The Board of Directors of the Black AIDS Institute (BAI) is pleased to announce the appointment of Toni Newman as its Interim Chief Executive Officer and Dr. Kemal M. Atkins as Managing Director to help fortify BAI’s infrastructure and round out the organization’s stellar leadership team.

In addition, BAI has engaged Ms. Pat Bass and Mr. Chris Bates – two internationally recognized experts who pioneered HIV/AIDS prevention, education, and treatment programs – to assess BAI’s current capabilities and mission.

Ms. Newman is currently the Interim Executive Director at LYRIC – a non-profit in San Francisco, California that focuses on advancing the community and creating social change for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQQ) youth through education, career training, and health advocacy. She oversees the budget, programs, and community outreach for LYRIC. Ms. Newman is a distinguished Faculty Member at the Transgender Strategy Center in Los Angeles, where she advises non-profit organizations on engagement with transgender and non-conforming communities. In addition, she is the Chair of the Board of Directors for TransCanWork based in Los Angeles. Ms. Newman has a wealth of knowledge in non-profit management, budget and finance, and human resources and operations. We’re excited that she has agreed to serve as our Interim CEO as we continue implementing our transition plan to find a permanent, innovative executive staff leader.

Dr. Atkins has been engaged to help further build infrastructure and management processes at BAI. Dr. Atkins, who will serve as a consultant on a temporary basis, has an extensive background in higher education and non-profit leadership where his expertise in crisis management, such as leading institutional responses to the COVID-19 pandemic, and expertise in building national wellness health models will provide much-needed program direction for BAI.

Ms. Bass’s work in the field of HIV/AIDS prevention truly extraordinary. As one of the architects of the Ryan White CARES Act – the largest federally funded program for people living with HIV/AIDS, she helped pave the way for modern treatments to prevent the spread and contraction of the virus. Mr. Bates also has a distinguished career in HIV prevention policy – having served as the Executive Director on the Presidential Advisory Council on AIDS and Director of the Office of AIDS Policy under President Barack Obama. Together they will oversee a comprehensive review of BAI’s program efficacy, contributions, and impact in the field of HIV/AIDS prevention and provide data that informs BAI’s mission as the organization continues to refine.

Ms. Newman, Dr. Atkins, Ms. Bass and Mr. Bates will work alongside Jami Cox and Wendell Miller as we continue to deploy our substantial resources, forward-looking vision, and human capital in the fight to end the HIV epidemic in Black communities and improve the health and quality of life for Black people living with and vulnerable to acquiring HIV/AIDS across the country.

The work of BAI is as important today as it ever has been, and we’re so proud of our incredibly talented and dedicated team that understands what is at stake for the Black community impacted by HIV and committed to ending this epidemic. Please join us in welcoming these accomplished leaders to our team. And thank you for continuing to support BAI and our entire staff across our networks.

Tori Campbell
(332) 207-1473

SOURCE Black AIDS Institute

Metropolitan Releases Independent Report on Allegations of Workplace Harassment, Discrimination and Retaliation

LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–An independent report of allegations of systemic Equal Employment Opportunity-related discrimination, harassment and retaliation at the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is now available following an intensive eight-month review of agency workplace conditions.

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Metropolitan’s Board of Directors voted on July 13 to make public the report, which includes recommendations to address the report’s observations. The 67-page report, produced by the Sacramento-based Shaw Law Group, will be presented and discussed at a special July 27 meeting of the board’s Organization, Personnel and Technology Committee.

“We look forward to reviewing the report and discussing its recommendations to support our board’s unequivocal commitment to ensuring every employee feels safe and valued,” Metropolitan board Chairwoman Gloria D. Gray said. “Providing a work environment that promotes and respects equity, inclusion, and diversity–both in policy and in practice–has been and will continue to be my highest priority.”

Metropolitan’s Ethics Officer Abel Salinas selected the Shaw Law Group on behalf of the board of directors in December 2020 and oversaw the board-directed independent review of the district’s EEO policies and procedures as well as employee allegations of EEO-related concerns, after several employees publicly expressed concerns of systemic workplace harassment, retaliation and related issues.

As part of its review, the law firm conducted interviews with more than 190 employees; directed a district-wide workplace assessment survey; reviewed existing policies and the process by which EEO claims are handled by management; examined the board’s current oversight of employment practices and diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives; and assessed Metropolitan’s compliance with industry best practices.

“We are one at Metropolitan,” said General Manager Adel Hagekhalil. “That means every employee matters, is valued and should have the opportunity to succeed. I offer my deepest gratitude to all Metropolitan employees and stakeholders who participated in the interviews and climate survey, especially those brave individuals who shared their stories and shed light on a situation that compelled the board to call for this review of the agency’s policies and practices. I also want to thank the Shaw Law Group for this important report and recommendations that will help us ensure that we have a safe, positive work environment. I am committed to working with the board, our employees, and our bargaining groups to take the decisive action that is necessary to resolve the issues raised by our workers and articulated in this report.”

The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is a state-established cooperative that, along with its 26 cities and retail suppliers, provide water for 19 million people in six counties. The district imports water from the Colorado River and Northern California to supplement local supplies, and helps its members to develop increased water conservation, recycling, storage and other resource-management programs.


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Data Literacy Tops the Five Most Critical Skills That Businesses Are Looking for in Their People

Increasing demand for certification means providers must deliver programs at scale and speed

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NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#Questionmark–Firms are seeing a step-change in the certified skills they need from their people to grow as technologies and business models rapidly evolve. But 87% of global executives say they are experiencing a skills gap now or expect one soon, according to consulting firm McKinsey.1

Questionmark, the online assessment provider, has identified the top five certifications that firms are requiring from their employees to meet the challenges ahead. To meet this new demand, certification bodies must ensure they can quickly deliver and robustly assess the programs they provide.

Certifications can help equip workers with new skills and enable employers to retain the best staff. Questionmark has identified the top five certifications that businesses are demanding to help address both future challenges and opportunities:

  • Data literacy: data literacy is the skill employers claim they need most, according to research by Forrester Consulting,2 but many employers do not offer formal training in it.
  • Cybersecurity: US cybercrime complaints increased 69% between 2019 and 2020.3 As employers adopt more formal hybrid working arrangements, they are demanding that employees have more rigorous cybersecurity training.
  • Artificial intelligence: market intelligence firm IDC expects the AI market to be worth $554bn by 2024.4 But with an AI skills shortage, employers need their employees to be qualified to help.
  • Project management: with new ways of working, employers need to be sure that their people can handle multiple projects and teams, boosting demand for project management certifications.
  • Digital marketing: as marketing has continued to evolve over the last year, businesses need employees trained in new digital marketing skills. Certification bodies need to offer up-to-date courses covering the latest tools.

John Kleeman, Founder of Questionmark, said: “As firms adapt to the post-pandemic world, they are requiring new skills from their employees. With the advantages of critical certifications increasingly clear to employers, demand is expected to be greater than before. To take advantage of this demand, certification bodies must be able to deliver, and robustly assess, their programs at speed and scale.”

Questionmark provides certification bodies with enterprise-grade technology that frictionlessly integrates all aspects of delivering an assessment into one platform.



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About Questionmark

Questionmark unlocks performance through reliable and secure online assessments.

Questionmark provides a secure enterprise-grade assessment platform and professional services to leading organizations around the world, delivered with care and unequalled expertise. Its full-service online assessment tool and professional services help customers to improve their performance and meet their compliance requirements. Questionmark enables organizations to unlock their potential by delivering assessments which are valid, reliable, fair and defensible.

Questionmark offers secure powerful integration with other LMS, LRS and proctoring services making it easy to bring everything together in one place. Questionmark’s cloud-based assessment management platform offers rapid deployment, scalability for high-volume test delivery, 24/7 support, and the peace-of-mind of secure, audited U.S., Australian and European-based data centers.

1 https://www.mckinsey.com/business-functions/organization/our-insights/beyond-hiring-how-companies-are-reskilling-to-address-talent-gaps
2 https://www.tableau.com/sites/default/files/2021-06/Tableau_Data_Literacy_Report.pdf
3 https://www.ic3.gov/Media/PDF/AnnualReport/2020_IC3Report.pdf
4 https://research.aimultiple.com/ai-certification/


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Spelman College Joins Blackstone LaunchPad Partnership With Atlanta Historically Black Colleges to Expand Access to Entrepreneurship

ATLANTA, July 1, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Spelman College, along with Clark Atlanta University and Morehouse College, announces a new partnership with Blackstone LaunchPad to make the development of entrepreneurial skills more accessible to students in the Atlanta University Center Consortium.

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Developed with support from United Negro College Fund Inc., the largest scholarship provider for students of color, Blackstone LaunchPad’s expansion to Spelman, Morehouse and Clark Atlanta is the latest step in the Blackstone Charitable Foundation’s commitment to increase career mobility for a more diverse set of students through entrepreneurship training and skill-building.

“Spelman’s goal is to provide our students with the competitive edge they need to excel in any field,” said Mary Schmidt Campbell, Ph.D., president of Spelman. “Providing access to entrepreneurial insight, training and mentoring through high caliber partnerships, Blackstone LaunchPad is an innovative program our scholars will benefit from for years to come. We are grateful for the investment in our students by Blackstone LaunchPad, which aligns with our new Center for Black Entrepreneurship, and will result in diversifying the pipeline of owners and leaders.”

The partnership is part of the Blackstone Charitable Foundation’s $40 million, five-year commitment to expand Blackstone LaunchPad from 30 to 75 colleges and universities that have a majority diverse population or serve under-resourced communities. Blackstone LaunchPad will facilitate access to a global network of mentors and advisors, deliver proven startup resources and offer unique virtual and physical convening opportunities. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in pitch competitions, fellowships and live speaker series.

“We are thrilled to be supporting these three great schools and their students through Blackstone LaunchPad,” said Amy Stursberg, executive director of the Blackstone Charitable Foundation. “This partnership is an exciting step in our broader commitment to introduce students from underrepresented communities to entrepreneurial skillsets that are applicable to all future career paths.”

The initiative began with a $5 million expansion in January 2021 to six campuses designated as Hispanic Serving Institutions in the University of Texas system that demonstrated a commitment to increasing diversity in student entrepreneurship.

“This an exciting venture that opens opportunities for our HBCU campuses and their students. We are especially pleased that Blackstone LaunchPad will now be available for students at the Atlanta Universities Consortium schools,” said UNCF President and CEO Michael L. Lomax, Ph.D. “We look forward to continuing our partnership and introducing Blackstone LaunchPad to additional HBCUs across the United States. Advancements like this enable our students to make their talents grow exponentially and open doors they could never have dreamed of even peering through previously.”

With support from partners including Future Founders, UNCF, Startup Grind and Techstars, Blackstone LaunchPad is currently available to over 900,000 students at 30 schools in the United States and Ireland.

About Spelman College
Founded in 1881, Spelman College is a leading liberal arts college widely recognized as the global leader in the education of women of African descent. Located in Atlanta, the College’s picturesque campus is home to 2,100 students. Spelman is the country’s leading producer of Black women who complete Ph.D.s in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The College’s status is confirmed by U.S. News & World Report, which ranked Spelman No. 54 among all liberal arts colleges, No. 19 for undergraduate teaching, No. 4 for social mobility among liberal arts colleges, and No. 1 for the 14th year among historically Black colleges and universities. The Wall Street Journal ranked the College No. 3, nationally, in terms of student satisfaction. Recent initiatives include a designation by the Department of Defense as a Center of Excellence for Minority Women in STEM, a Gender and Sexuality Studies Institute, the first endowed queer studies chair at an HBCU, and a program to increase the number of Black women Ph.D.s in economics. New majors have been added, including documentary filmmaking and photography, and partnerships have been established with MIT’s Media Lab, the Broad Institute and the Army Research Lab for artificial intelligence and machine learning. Outstanding alumnae include Children’s Defense Fund founder Marian Wright Edelman, Walgreens Boots Alliance CEO Rosalind Brewer, political leader Stacey Abrams, former Acting Surgeon General and Spelman’s first alumna president Audrey Forbes Manley, actress and producer Latanya Richardson Jackson, global bioinformatics geneticist Janina Jeff and authors Pearl Cleage and Tayari Jones. For more information, visit Spelman College.

About Blackstone Charitable Foundation
The Blackstone Charitable Foundation has led Blackstone’s philanthropic initiatives since 2007. We are driven by the firm’s commitment to diversity and inclusion and providing access to opportunity in the communities in which we live and work. Blackstone LaunchPad helps college students learn entrepreneurial skills for success to build thriving companies and careers, with an increasing commitment to schools that have a majority diverse student population or engage with under-represented communities. BX Connects engages Blackstone’s global employee base to partner with non-profits, supporting their missions through volunteer opportunities, fundraising, board service, and other charitable activities. 

About UNCF
United Negro College Fund is the nation’s largest and most effective minority education organization. To serve youth, the community and the nation, UNCF supports students’ education and development through scholarships and other programs, supports and strengthens its 37 member colleges and universities, and advocates for the importance of minority education and college readiness. UNCF institutions and other historically Black colleges and universities are highly effective, awarding nearly 20% of African American baccalaureate degrees. UNCF administers more than 400 programs, including scholarship, internship and fellowship, mentoring, summer enrichment, and curriculum and faculty development programs. Today, UNCF supports more than 60,000 students at over 1,100 colleges and universities across the country. Its logo features the UNCF torch of leadership in education and its widely recognized trademark, ‟A mind is a terrible thing to waste.”® Learn more at UNCF.org or for continuous updates and news, follow UNCF on Twitter at @UNCF.

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PRIDE TV Awards for Leadership and Courage Presented to the CW, Comcast, RAPP Agency, Skyy Vodka Gio Benitez, Jonathan Capehart, Ilene Chaiken, and Sarah Kate Ellis At First-ever Pride TV Summit

The Free, Virtual Conference Focuses on TV Programming Featuring LGBTQ+ Storylines, Topics, Characters and Performers

NEW YORK, June 23, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — The Pride TV Summit, presented by Broadcasting & Cable and Multichannel News magazines will be available free of charge and for the first time on Wednesday, June 23, 2021, starting at 11 am ET.  All sessions will be available thereafter on demand through late July. The virtual business conference, hosted by Luis Sandoval, Hollywood reporter on Univision’s Despierta America, focuses on the business of television programming featuring LGBTQ+ topics, storylines, characters, or performers.

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The event features the presentation of the Pride TV Awards for Leadership and Courage to eight recipients including Comcast in recognition of their LGBTQ+ culture, the CW Network for the network’s commitment to scripted programming with LGBTQ+ characters, the RAPP agency for their openness in advertising, and Skyy Vodka as a long-standing sponsors of media targeted to the LGBTQ+ community.  Four of the awards will be presented to individuals, including Gio Benitez of ABC News, Jonathan Capehart of MSNBC, Ilene Chaiken the creator of the L Word and the Executive Producer of NBC’s Law & Order: Organized Crime, and Sarah Kate Ellis, the CEO of GLAAD. The CW’s CEO, Mark Pedowitz will accept the award on behalf of the network.  The awards ceremony is hosted by Thomas Roberts, host of Daily Mail TV.

The opening program includes a conversation between GLAAD’s CEO, Sarah Kate Ellis and her celebrity guest, Stephanie Beatriz, who is known to fans of Brooklyn Nine-Nine and the current film release of In The Heights.  This interview is followed by the Opening Programming Keynote titled The Power of Pride in Hollywood that features Blake Callaway, General Manager of BBC America, IFC, and Sundance, AMC Networks.

Other highlights of the conference include a series of sessions focused on advertising to LGBTQ+ audiences. There are brand case studies provided by the VAB’s CEO, Sean Cunningham, a data presentation by Comscore, and an audience study by Parrot Analytics. A presentation by Brent Miller of Procter & Gamble focuses on LGBTQ+ visibility and authentic representation in advertising. Additional conversations are with networks and brands like Getty Images, Orbitz, CheapTickets, Philo, Pluto, Revry Telemundo and Tubi.

Another panel focuses on the controversial nuances of casting LGBTQ roles, moderated by casting director, Michael Donovan, and includes Caroline Dries, Showrunner for Batwoman, CW Network; Nicole Maines, from the cast of Supergirl, CW Network; Karen Barroeta, Executive Producer, NBC Telemundo Enterprises, and Margery Simkin, Casting Director, Star Trek: Discovery

Two TV critics, Kevin Fallon, The Daily Beast and Curtis Wong, HuffPost offer differing perspectives on some of the most popular LGBTQ-themed tv programs from 2020 in a session moderated by Jeff Nelson, People.         

A series of showcases feature conversations with talent and showrunners. One features the always witty, You Tube celebrity, Randy Rainbow.  Another features Moe Vela, Host of Unicorn Hunters; another about news with Gabriela Fresquez, Host, and Grace González, Executive Producer, both from Radar 2021 and a final showcase features political analysis with Aisha Mills, Host, Black News Channel.

The conference is produced for Broadcasting + Cable and Multichannel News by Schramm Marketing Group. “This is an important event for those in television and in those concerned about the LGBTQ+ community.  As a proud member of the community myself, I am grateful to have had this opportunity.  We especially appreciate the help and support we received from partners like GLAAD and GALECA,” said Joe Schramm, President of Schramm Marketing Group.

In all, 47 individuals are represented in the conference.  The conference is free of charge and registration is available to anyone who chooses to attend at www.pridetvsummit.com

About Schramm Marketing Group
Schramm is an experienced agency that specializes in marketing to multicultural or segmented audiences, ticket sales promotions, sponsorship sales and the production of conferences for the television and video industry. The company is recognized for its expertise for attracting large, sold-out crowds for international soccer, for driving pay TV subscription sales, for securing top brands as sponsors of sports events and business conferences as well as developing the agenda and content for popular business conferences.   

Schramm created and produces the Hispanic Television Summit as well as other internationally-recognized conferences such as the NAB Show New York.  Schramm’s clients include the leading brands in sports, television, entertainment, telecommunications, and non-profits.  For more information, visit www.schrammnyc.com

Contact: 212-983-0219

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Introducing the LGBTQ Intersectional Pride Flag by Denmis Velco OutBuro founder

The LGBTQ+ Intersectional Pride Flag

Created by LGBTQ social entrepreneur, founder of OutBüro – the LGBTQ Professional and Entrepreneur Community, and artist Dennis Velco in July 2020 in an attempt to represent the full LGBQ spectrum in an inclusive manner building upon the tradition, progress, and color inclusive designs. At the foundation and widest encircling colors are those that represent persons of color. White on the top while black on the foundation bottom as in the light spectrum all colors in between. Artistically black is a weighted, heavy color and in a simple design makes sense to represent the grounding base. The circle is a universal symbol with extensive meaning. It represents the notions of totality, wholeness, original perfection, the self, the infinite, eternity, timelessness, all cyclic movement, and a higher power. In the Intersectional Pride Flag, transparent circles of color overlap the strips and other circles creating structure and numerous additional shades of color. At the center is a yellow circle often referenced in other Pride Flag as representing gender and non-gender. It sits over Pink and Blue interlocking circles that are encompassed and intertwined with magenta, a pinkish purple all together harkening to complexities and spectrums of gender identity and expressions with complementary color flanking on either side balancing the composition that is you.

Notice how then black and white circles break the border boundaries and overlap into the other color strips. Just as LGBTQ+ persons break boundaries and strive to reach and grow beyond imposed borders.

Due to the design as noted many ranges of colors are present. I specifically left out additional symbols other than the stripe and the circle. I left current and future specific iconography to others to serve unique subcultures and the fetish community.

Critics and comments welcomed. The design needs some fine touch adjustment as it was created in a PowerPoint-like software without fine graphic editing ability.

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Superbia Financial – The First LGBTQ Community National Credit Union

I was introduced to Superbia Financial initially through a group posting via our OutBüro on LinkedIn LGBT professional networking group. We had the opportunity to jump on a call this week to learn more about Superbia Financial from its CEO & Founder, Myles Meyers. Meyers was quick to explain that Superbia means Pride in Latin. I dig the word and thought behind it.

Meyers has a long deep background in the financial services industry both within insurance and banking as well as member driven organizations. He is a Canadian transplant now building Superbia from his new home base in New York City – one of the financial hubs of the world.

We are bringing financial services to the LGBTQ Community that match the values in our lives – Myles Meyers – CEO

Superbia will serve its members in three important ways:

  • Completely removing any risk of discrimination when sourcing financial services
  • Providing fair, and unique products, services, and a member (customer) experience that honors the unique needs of the LGBTQ community
  • Giving every penny of profit back to the community
    • Awarding up to 30% of profit to directly fund LGBTQ organizations, causes and community needs
    • Putting profits back into Superbia to offer better saving and lending rates, and other improved financial services to its membership

Why focus on the LGBT community’s financial life

LGBTQ people face discrimination, harassment and inequalities at nearly every possible interaction be it at work, in housing, in healthcare and so forth. Also we can face discrimination when dealing with financial institutions from personal banking, business banking and seeking capital for to grow our businesses. Sure, many large financial institutions, which we’ve pointed our here on OutBüro, have a pretty good to very good LGBTQ employee work culture and customer equality stance. However, the best of intentions of a large company does not always translate down to the individual banking employee you might be dealing with. You can and may still experience discrimination from a branch manager, loan officer or employee who despite company policies put forth their learned prejudices and biased beliefs causing you mental stress and financial harm.

Case in point is that in the United States we have had sexual harassment laws at the federal and state levels since 1978. Most companies have sexual harassment policies as well as require all employees to participate in sexual harassment training and sign documents. However, all you have to do is turn on the news and several times a month and you will see high profile sexual harassment cases. Consider the hundreds and thousands monthly that don’t make the news. Corporate LGBTQ supportive and friendly policies are wonderful and we applaud all companies who have them in place. But taking sexual harassment as an indicator, it will be a very long time before those LGBTQ friendly policies and laws translate to a true culture of equality devoid of discrimination, harassment and worse.

Come bank with Superbia as and who you are. Your financial life is very important to you and therefore important to Superbia.

100% LGBTQ banking

Superbia Financial, upon receipt of its charter to operate, is the first financial institution, as a member based credit union, to be built by an LGBTQ entrepreneur and 100% focused on the LGBTQ community – YOU. As a credit union you are a member and therefore also have a vote in many actions of the credit union. You may participate in voting for board members that will ensure the board is both qualified and always reflects the membership base.

As a not-for-profit, Meyers explained that the tax savings will provide a lower cost of business and thus be able to provide more of the profits to directly fund national and regional LGBTQ organizations, causes and community needs. Your banking with Superbia creates a sustainable funding stream for organizations serving our LGBTQ community.

It’s banking with an LGBTQ social impact.

The world doesn’t need another generalized bank or credit union. The LGBTQ community needs a financial institution such as Superbia that is not only LGBTQ focused, but participates as part of the community and supports the community widely. – Myles Meyers – CEO

Financial diversity in the diverse LGBTQ community

There are an estimated 8.5–10 million LGBTQ living in the United States. In 2015, the combined economic power of the community was estimated at $917 billion, yet poverty exists in the diverse LGBTQ community. It’s estimated that 9.1% of gay couples and 4.9% of lesbian couples over the age of 65 live in poverty due to a lifetime of discrimination in the workplace. 25% LGBTQ people have reported being discriminated against in some way during their life. The fear of coming out that many in the LGBTQ community experience increases their risk of depression and/or anxiety as much as 3 times.

Superbia Financial credit union is an inclusive organization and whether you’re part of the LGBTQ community or you’re a supportive ally, you are welcomed. You deserve a banking partner that values you for who you are and where you are without the potential of being discriminated against.

What services to expect

Meyers and a hard-working team of around 25 people have been working diligently for over two and a half years in getting Superbia Financial to the point of it’s impending launch. During that journey they have consulting with numerous stakeholders and providers across the country to find the right blend of technology to meet your expectations of banking in the time of internet based everything. Meyers explained that Superbia, as a virtual credit union, will have the online and mobile apps you’d expect – such as mobile/remote based check deposits. As products are made available, members will have the options of:

  • Check account
  • Saver account
  • Certificate of deposit
  • Credit card
  • Short-term loan
  • Line of credit
  • Mortgage
  • Wealth management
  • Small business account

Superbia just doesn’t want you – it needs you

To create a credit union that serves the unique interests and needs of the LGBTQ community, and that distributes its profit to the causes and programs unique to LGBTQ persons, Superbia must demonstrate the desire and need of the community to the regulators.

To show your interest in helping bring this revolutionary vision to life for yourself and others, head over to their website and sign up to stay abreast with Superbia’s progress – they only ask for your name, email and state.

When can you open your accounts

Superbia, in October 2018, filed the application to acquire its charter to operate as Superbia Credit Union. Meyers stated, “In the process so far we’ve had discussions about our application, vision and plans. The dialogue has been productive. This process is lengthy with naturally a huge focus on the security of any potential members financials. “We are very pleased with the development effort to make our application for charter as strong as possible. We cannot predict exactly when, but we hope within the next few months we’ll receive the approval and when that happens we are ready to serve our community.”

To learn more about Superbia, please visit www.superbiafinancial.com.

Keep up with Superbia via:

Facebook: @SuperbiaFinancial

Twitter: @pride_superbia

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Meet Sameer Jha – LGBTQ Teen Activist, Author and Non-Profit Founder

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Sameer Jha is a 17-year-old high school student and LGBTQ activist.  He reached out to me via my LinkedIn profile to make me aware of his newly published book titled “Read This, Save Lives: A Teacher’s Guide to Creating Safer Classrooms for LGBTQ+ Students” available on Amazon in Kindle format and paperback.  Sameer is a South Asian queer activist, HRC Youth Ambassador, and GLSEN National Student Council leader from Fremont, CA, who founded The Empathy Alliance, a regional nonprofit that supports safety for LGBTQ youth in schools.

Jha notes that, according to the GLSEN National School Climate Survey, 85.2% of LGBT students have experienced verbal harassment at school based on their sexual orientation or gender expression.

It’s so wonderful to live in a time where young people like Sameer are empowered to take action to change the world.   Sameer gained the attention of Logo, New Next Now, “Young Leaders 2018: 6 Fearless LGBTQ Activists Who Refuse to Settle for the Status Quo“.

I was bullied throughout middle school because I was a gender nonconforming boy who loved princess toys, singing, and theatre,” Jha explains. “After I came out during my freshman year in high school, my life turned around. I found love and acceptance, as well as a new purpose: to make sure others would not experience the same harassment I did. – Sameer Jha

Read This, Save Lives aims to help teachers create classrooms and schools where gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer students can thrive. This book has deep personal relevance for Sameer, because he was severely bullied for being different in elementary and middle school. As he grew older, he learned more about his own identity and came out as queer and trans. He found acceptance, as well as a new purpose: to put an end to anti-LGBTQ+ bullying in schools.

Today, Sameer is an activist, an educator, and the founder of a non-profit called The Empathy Alliance. He is a Congressional Silver Medal recipient, has been named one of the top 10 trans youth activists in America, and has reached over 1 million people with his message promoting LGBTQ+ student safety. This book tells the story of Sameer’s journey, using specific incidents to illustrate important lessons about LGBTQ+ youth needs and how to meet them.

American Libraries Magazine is spreading the news of his book.  He also caught the attention of Logo’s New Now Next.

Find more than a 100 actionable tips created with busy, resource-constrained teachers in mind. An entire chapter is devoted to an extraordinary teacher who has transformed her own school using many of the same principles included in this guide. Read This, Save Lives is brimming with expert quotes, sobering statistics, cutting-edge research, critical terminology, real-world case studies, and resources from some of the best LGBTQ+ rights organizations in the country. Get ready to be inspired by one of the few books on the topic of LGBTQ+ youth safety that has actually been written by an LGBTQ+ youth!

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Debt Free Guys – Award Winning Personal Finance Blog Specifically for the LGBTQ Community

The personal finance industry has taken notice of the award-winning highly informative personal finance by the Debt Free Guys who focus on for the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer community as their target underserved audience.  Debt Free Guys is the passionate and often funny collaboration of  David Auten and John Schneider III who share their story of how as a gay couple they use to live beyond their previous means and accumulated $51,000 of consumer debt.  They woke up to the disadvantage that put them in and decided to do something about it.  They strategized together a plan to pay off that $51,000 and as a result Debt Free Guys was born.  In addition to writing they host audio and video interviews of experts in an array of fields that also focus personal finance in its many forms from managing your money to career tips that help you earn more too.

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They have a solid understanding that there’s more to life than money.  They share that you need to give money the importance it deserves, but warn that you should not make it more important than it actually is.  Your freedom from debt provides financial freedom to do more with what you have.  After paying of debt and living within your means – it’s like getting a raise.  You have more money to invest in your long-term financial health providing you security and peace of mind.  Having fun is critical to a balanced life and paying for that fun should be balanced as well.

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A few selected past advice interviews they have completed are:

David and John have built a credible resource and have been referenced in Business Insider, US News, Market Watch (and here), TIME, The Motley Fool, MSN Money, The Huffington Post, and more.  Further, their rich and thoughtful content caught the eye of Forbes.com where they were invited to become regular content contributors.

A little about David and John:

  • Nationally recognized experts on queer and straight personal finance
  • Authority on debt fee living, investing and financial independence
  • Speaker at FinCon 2017 and on Prudential’s 2016 LGBT Financial Experience Tour and 2017 LGBT Financial Experience Symposium
  • Brand ambassador and partner for MassMutual, Prudential and Capital One
  • Online contributor for Forbes, The Motley Fool, YahooFinance, Business Insider, MSN Money & Time
  • 2015, 2016, 2017 & 2018 Plutus Award Nominee and winners of Best Personal Finance Blog in 2018
  • Co-authors of the hard-copy book, 4: The Four Principles of a Debt Free Life
  • Co-authors of the eBooks: Money Conscious Student, Money Conscious Financial Planning Guide & Do You Know How to Be Money Conscious
  • Over 20,000 social media followers on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest & YouTube

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