A new, gay-friendly bank deemed "G&L Bank" by co-founders Steven Dunlap and Keith E. Cotham, will offer walk-in banking at its Pensacola, FL headquarters and service throughout the U.S. via online "branches."
Dunlap first got the idea to start a gay-friendly bank after being repeatedly denied funding for a gay and lesbian resort that he dreamed of building. "You could just see the color run out of their faces," said Dunlap, referring to the bankers who denied his request for a loan.
Houston retail manager Michele Johnson told AP that she intends to bank with G&L because she knows that gay and lesbian partners who try to open joint checking accounts at traditional banks face rampant discrimination. "You know, the looks, the cold shoulders, people not really wanting to do that and making you jump through all the hoops," she said.
The bank currently has 11 employees, about half of whom are gay or lesbian, and half of whom identify as heterosexual. G&L expects to add another 14 employees to its staff before the bank opens in late spring '99.
10/31/2014 Federal Judge Exempts Another Catholic University from Birth Control Coverage - A federal judge ruled Tuesday that Ave Maria University, a Catholic university in Florida, does not have to comply with federal rules meant to ensure that covered employees can exercise their right to obtain birth control at no cost.
The Affordable Care Act requires all new health insurance plans to cover all FDA-approved contraceptives - such as the pill, emergency contraceptives, and IUDs - without charging co-pays, deductibles or co-insurance. . . .
10/31/2014 Women of Color in Tennessee Are United in Opposition to Amendment 1 - Just days before the general election in Tennessee, a coalition of community leaders, clergy, and advocates led a press conference encouraging women of color to vote no on Amendment 1, a dangerous and far-reaching measure on the state's ballot.
SisterReach, a grassroots organization focused on "empowering, organizing, and mobilizing women and girls in the community around their reproductive and sexual health to make informed decisions about themselves," organized the press conference "to call attention to the unique concerns Black and poor communities throughout Shelby County and across the state of Tennessee face on a daily basis" and to emphasize how the upcoming election "could further limit [black women's] reproductive, economic, political, and social autonomy."
"We assemble today to impress upon black women and women of color, many of whom are heads of households, to get out and vote," said SisterReacher Founder and CEO Cherisse Scott at the event.
SisterReach has been educating voters about the particularly dangerous impact of Amendment 1 on women of color. . . .
10/30/2014 Medication Abortion Access Threatened by Oklahoma Court Ruling - An Oklahoma state district court judge has refused to block a state law restricting medication abortion, clearing the way for the law to go into affect on November 1.
The Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice, together with a local abortion clinic in Tulsa, challenged HB 2684 in September, arguing that the law was an unconstitutional restriction on non-surgical abortion in the earliest weeks of pregnancy. . . .