National LGBT Cancer Network Wins $2.5M Federal Award Expanding State Efforts to Combat Tobacco-Related Cancers in LGBTQ Community

National LGBT Cancer Network Wins $2.5M Federal Award Expanding State Efforts to Combat Tobacco-Related Cancers in LGBTQ Communities

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The National LGBT Cancer Network is the newest recipient of a $2.5 million five year award from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to expand resources for their grantees serving LGBTQ people at risk for tobacco-related cancers.

“The LGBTQ communities smoke at rates significantly higher than other populations. That alone increases our cancer risks dramatically,” said Liz Margolies, the Executive Director of the National LGBT Cancer Network.

The Cancer Network’s new award will expand their NYC presence to Providence, RI, the base for their Principal Investigator, Dr. Scout. For more than a decade, Dr. Scout has led this CDC health priority at other agencies. He emphasizes that the next five years will bring a new vision for this work: “We are really looking to expand the online knowledgebase and toolbox for LGBTQ community members at risk for cancer, living with cancer, and policymakers serving us. Watch our website at; each month we will be adding new resources, building a robust library of information and tools everyone can access.”

The CDC award leverages a trusted network of organizational members who specialize in tobacco-related cancers and/or serving LGBTQ people. The Cancer Network reports early membership commitments from a wide range of LGBTQ serving national organizations, including the Human Rights Campaign, the National LGBTQ Task Force, the Gay & Lesbian Medical Association, the Equality Federation, and more. Likewise, many states health departments and national health organizations have already signed on as members: American Cancer Society, The Truth Initiative, Association of State and Territorial Health Officers, and more. “The American Cancer Society has a longstanding commitment to addressing cancer in the LGBTQ communities. We are very excited about this new award and look forward to helping further reduce the cancer impact for this population,” said Tawana Thomas-Johnson, Vice President, Diversity and Inclusion at ACS.

Ms. Margolies added, “We are particularly excited to have members work with the state health departments, who collectively are the second largest health funder in the United States.”

The National LGBT Cancer Network works to improve the lives of LGBT cancer survivors and those at risk, through education, training, and advocacy. They recently created the most comprehensive LGBTQ cultural competency training program available, which has been used to train thousands people across the country to date. Learn more at

Contact: Dr. Scout Phone: 401/267-8337


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Why LGBT Networking with OutBüro Will Advance Your Career

Originally posted on DebtFreeGuys here on Aug 21, 2018.

Why your career must include LGBT networking

Though LinkedIn is a valuable professional networking tool, not all of us feel comfortable being ‘out’ in that setting. Glassdoor offers quality insight around what it’s like to work at specific companies, but it doesn’t share experience specific to LGBT employees. That’s why you need the LGBT networking site, OutBüro.

Learn more about the LGBT networking site, OutBüro:

Meet LGBT networking leader, Dennis Velco of OutBüro

Dennis Velco is the Founder and CEO of OutBüro, an LGBT networking site for entrepreneurs and professionals. The site allows users to network, submit resumes to a searchable database, and rate companies anonymously from an LGBT perspective. It also provides a forum where companies of any size can connect with LGBT candidates through active recruiting.

Dennis joins us to discuss the impetus for OutBüro, describing the platform as a safe space for LGBT job-seekers. He offers insight around joining an employee resource group at work OR creating one of your own and addresses the common disconnect between a company’s inclusive policies and how LGBT employees are actually treated in the workplace. Listen in for Dennis’ advice around promoting diversity and inclusion year-round and learn how you can reap the benefits of joining the OutBüro community!

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The impetus for OutBüro

  • LinkedIn and Glassdoor’s ‘little gay baby’
  • Safe space for LGBT job-seekers
  • Forum for companies looking for talent

The capabilities of the OutBüro site

  • Connect with mentors, VCs and join groups
  • Communicate without limitations
  • Submit resume to the searchable database
  • Rate companies anonymously
  • Users demonstrate expertise via blogging

The value of LGBT-friendly policies

  • Impact on quality of life, job satisfaction
  • Affects long-term earning potential
  • Policy doesn’t always reflect reality

How OutBüro is different from the HRC Corporate Equality Index

  • Includes any company of any size
  • Offers feedback loop from employees

Dennis’ advice around coming out at work

  • Individual choice (may not feel safe)
  • Join employee resource group
  • Create an informal network of peers

Dennis’ take on promoting inclusion in advertising all year long

  • Visibility leads to awareness, awareness leads to equality
  • Economic value informs how marketing dollars spent

Dennis’ insight around shifting focus away from sex and politics

  • Most oppressed usually most sexually outrageous
  • The tendency to act out under ultra-conservative administration
  • Need for leaders to rally community

Connect with Dennis of OutBüro

Resources for LGBT Networking and sites mentioned during the interview with Dennis

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Is OutBüro a site for disgruntled LGBT current and past employees to just rant and vent?

The simple answer is NO. It is a site where gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer employees can provide anonymous review/rating feedback about their current and past employers. Rather than simply find fault, we encourage everyone to be more balanced in their approach. We encourage LGBT employees to provide LGBT friendly companies with praise, appreciation, and accolades. Neutral and negative feedback is an opportunity for companies to improve.  Every review/rating goes through an administrative review. In that moderation, we seek that the submitter provided proof of employment and that they followed the provided community guidelines.  Any member found to be abusing the service may be removed from the site at the administrator’s discretion.

All site members may vote up or down reviews as being helpful or not.  Also, they may be reported as inappropriate where the site member reporting provides a text reason.  Employers who claim their listing and is a subscribing member may provide a response to a rating/review.  We have a recommendation on that as well.

What does an OutBüro Company Review/Rating ask?

Reviews include an open text area for a general review and then prompts for both Pros and Cons as well as direct upper management feedback and company/office/branch location.  An easy way to see it is to simply explore the site.  Choose a company and click the Write a Review button.  As noted on the data collection screen, some data is for statistical purposes only and is therefore not visible on the site publically.

Additionally, the review asks the reviewer to respond with a ranking of 1-5 for the following:

  • LGBTQ Friendly
  • Likely to Recommend an LGBTQ Friendly
  • Work-Life Balance
  • Compensation-Benefits
  • Job Security
  • Advancement
  • Culture
  • CEO Performance

The above star rated questions are individually ranked, again 1-5.  The rating overall company score is summed from this set. The company’s total overall rating is a sum of all ratings posted on the site to date for the company.

Additional questions that are not scored but provide insight are:

  • Job Title
  • Job Category – Full-time, Part-time, Temp, Contractor, Freelance, Intern, Volunteer, Other
  • Employee Status: Current, Former
  • Year last worked: providing the past 5 years – we desire a current reviewed
  • Benefits received checklist: Healthcare, Domestic Partner Benefits, Transgender Benefits, Dental, Vision Insurance, Life Insurance, 401K, Stock Options, Paid Time Off, and Discounts
  • Average Hours Per Day– grouped in hour blocks
  • Average Hours Per Week– grouped in hour blocks
  • Paid Time Off – grouped in hour blocks

We believe this provides additional insight and collectively the more reviews a company acquires the more of a full picture will be developed.

Can anybody post anything they want?

We provide guidance via our Company Review Guidelines and provide features where other community members may up and down vote reviews/rating as well as flag them as inappropriate. Community Guidelines clearly outline what’s okay and what constitutes an activity that might lead to content to be removed. For instance, we request members to not post any confidential company information. Also to be respectful of others and give a balanced approach in their reviews/ratings.

How are reviews and other content moderated?

To make sure the most accurate, transparent, and invaluable advice is available to job seekers while balancing value to companies, OutBüro follows a collection of guidelines and principles.

  • We offer the ability for community members to vote if a review/rating was helpful to them
  • We offer the ability for employers and community members to flag a review as inappropriate which places it in a moderation queue for human review.
  • We don’t edit or alter content submitted on our site
  • We eliminate content if we have proof members were had monetary or other incentives to leave it
  • We do not allow employers to edit or change reviews

Can employers manipulate or remove testimonials?

No. Employers may and are encouraged to respond to company reviews/rating both negative and positive. It demonstrates they are listening and care about their employees work culture experience. Company criticism should be responded to in a non-defensive voice. A company may not, however, edit or reorder reviews.

Do employers have a voice on OutBüro?

Yes. We encourage all employers to be active on the site, by adding/claiming their listings, create a robust company review listing with information specific to the LGBT employees, add company photos and videos, respond to all reviews/ratings, flag content, join community groups and participate, add content to OutBüro’s blog and post open job opportunities.

Is OutBüro just for job seekers?

Employers can target and affect job seekers when they’re making decisions where to apply or what job offer to take. Candidates seek information and as an employer, you have the ability to proactively participate in what they learn about you.

Do only younger workers and Millennials use OutBüro?

No. LGBT Job seekers of all ages and backgrounds are wanting to research companies online on OutBüro.

Can employers ask employees to write reviews?

Yes. We’d love to have you launch such a campaign. Besides improving employee engagement and creating internal brand ambassadors, providing this “inside perspective” is a fantastic way to assist job seekers deciding if the company is a great fit for them. But, it is strictly against OutBüro’s guidelines to offer incentives in exchange for company reviews/ratings.

We are currently working on creating employee engagement templates to help you jump start your internal company review/rating campaign on OutBüro. If a link is not updated here, use the site Contact form to request.

We look forward to having you part of the OutBüro community.

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