What industry are you in? “Location social.” Facebook paved the way for online social interaction and foursquare paved the way for location-based check-ins. Recently the social location sphere has shown a lot of activity (e.g. Sonar, Highlight, Glancee), suggesting that the market is ready. It’s a very exciting place to be right now. How has… Continue reading Venture Corner: Distinc.tt Pivots to Create a Community of Communities
On October 11th, HBS will celebrate National Coming Out Day (NCOD), a non-holiday replete with embroidered rainbow stickers, colorful brochures, and, for RCs replica watches, a thoughtful note from your L&V rep. But for many, the relevance of NCOD and that of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender experience at HBS remains unclear. Dating back to… Continue reading Celebrating National Coming Out Day at HBS
What: Friendfactor Where: NY What did you do this summer?I worked this summer at Friendfactor, a social media start-up focused on gay rights. It was founded this year by a HBS/HKS grad, and the organization now has four full-time employees. Their product (launching this fall) is an online platform that enables friends – gay and… Continue reading Where in the World did you Spend your Summer–Casey Taylor (OA)
If you’ve been dating for five years, you live together, and you’re still not engaged, he’s just not that into you. He’s Just Not That Into You, based on the popular self-help book by Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo, is now a movie that explores the complicated world of dating and the hints women fail… Continue reading Media Habits at HBS – Six Words Every Woman Needs to Hear
“Marriage is the most natural state of man, and the state in which you will find solid happiness.” (Benjamin Franklin) On the same day Americans elected their first black President, Californians approved Proposition 8. The measure amended the State’s constitution with a simple statement: “Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or… Continue reading One Step Forward, One Step Back
This year’s 2008 election is starting to look a lot like a certain RC strategy case: Cola Wars. There is the election’s Coca-Cola, a historic and trusted brand, in John McCain. There is Pepsi, a youthful and fresh new brand, in Barack Obama. And there is Sarah Palin, John McCain’s brand extension – his Diet… Continue reading Sarah Palin: Diet Coke or New Coke?
Hundreds of HBS students have attended three events hosted by Section Q, a new student organization for straight allies who support people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. This year a new section was introduced to the HBS community: Section Q. Twice this year, Section Q hosted mixers open to all HBS students… Continue reading New Section Helps Students Celebrate
It seems that last week’s Random Rants column was not nearly controversial, provoking or insulting enough to generate the scores of angry emails I was hoping to see flood my inbox. In attempt, therefore, to prod my beloved readers out of their mid-Fall rainy day apathy I have chosen this week to rant about people… Continue reading Random Rants
The most visible sign of this support came Thursday, October 11 from the hundreds of rainbow ribbons worn by HBS students as part of National Coming Out Day (NCOD), sponsored by the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Student Association (LGBTSA). Other activities of the day included an e-mail sent to all sections explaining the event… Continue reading HBS Comes Out of the Closet
“Please don’t tell gay jokes-there are gay people on this bus!” my cousin called from her seat. The darkness of the humid Tennessee night made her request anonymous.“Oh yeah, who’s gay on this bus?” the joker fired back.“We are.”“Do you need a sperm donor?”The bus was filled with awkward laughter and then a pregnant silence.… Continue reading POINT – Keep Your Politically Incorrect Genetic Material to Yourself
In the December 4 viewpoints column Robin Cherry argued that our acceptance of “politically incorrect” jokes has gone too far. Robin stated that jokes about gay dogs in South Park have made us “too comfortable” by creating “a lack of inhibition that itself is problematic.” Referring to a drunken joker at a wedding party the… Continue reading COUNTERPOINT – Political Correction
“Please don’t tell gay jokes-there are gay people on this bus!” my cousin called from her seat. The darkness of the humid Tennessee night made her request anonymous.“Oh yeah, who’s gay on this bus?” the joker fired back.“We are.”“Do you need a sperm donor?”The bus was filled with awkward laughter and then a pregnant silence.… Continue reading Keep Your Politically Incorrect Genetic Material to Yourself
What do Skittles, stick-on ribbons, and a $150 gift check have in common? No, they are not all ways to bribe your way out of a TOM midterm. They were part of the Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender Student Association’s (LGBTSA) celebration of National Coming Out Day (NCOD). Held annually on October 11th, National Coming Out… Continue reading A Rainbow of Initiatives
Harvard Business School’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Student Association announced on May 4th that it will honor Professor Myra Hart with its newly-created Faculty Recognition Award. The award is designed to celebrate a faculty member who has demonstrated a unique commitment to including gay and lesbian issues in the HBS classroom and supporting… Continue reading HBS Gay and Lesbian Student Group to Honor Professor Myra Hart
Allan Gilmour, former vice chairman and CFO of Ford Motor Company, is often referred to in the press as one of relatively few openly gay executives in the top ranks of corporate America. That was precisely the typecasting he had hoped to avoid prior to coming out in 1996. “I would have been too prominent… Continue reading Allan Gilmour: Former Vice-Chairman of Ford Speaks on Diversity
Monday morning break. You’re telling your classmates about the hot date you had last weekend, and you catch yourself. Hang on. Mustn’t say too much. How would they react if I told them? Am I ready? … Harvard University is celebrating National Coming Out Day on Friday, October 8, 2004. So, this Friday morning you… Continue reading Open for Business Supports National Coming Out Day
A new national poll by the Kennedy School of Government’s Institute of Politics (IOP) at Harvard University finds that Democrat John Kerry holds a 10-point lead (48 versus 38 points) over President Bush among America’s college students, though Kerry’s support is soft. Support for Senator Kerry seems to reflect growing dissatisfaction with the war in… Continue reading Bush Losing Stronghold on College Campuses: Kerry Favored 48-38
“Who are the Mormons?” you might ask. Many people first think of the Mormon faith as a sheltered religion tucked away in the Rocky Mountains of Utah. Actually, there are more than 12 million members worldwide and more than 50% live outside the United States. You have probably met some of the Mormon HBS students… Continue reading Who are the Mormons?
One of the frequently asked questions of the HBS Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Student Association (GLBSA) is, “What roles do gays and lesbians play in the business world?” Gays and lesbians are an important component of the workforce and consumer base. Gay-friendly environments help release the potential of all employees, creating a fair environment for… Continue reading Out in Business
October 11th marks National Coming Out Day. Organized by the Human Rights Campaign, the day encourages gay men, lesbians and bisexuals to be honest about their sexual orientation with their family, friends, and others important to them. As someone who is already out to my close friends, section-mates, and others in my everyday life, it… Continue reading The Importance of National Coming Out Day
This coming Friday, October 11th is National Coming Out Day, which “promotes honesty and openness about being gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender on campus, in the workplace and in the community.” It is based on the belief that visibility and equality of GLBT people cannot be achieved from the closet. Throughout the course of your… Continue reading Now What?
I had close friends who came out to me in high school, but it was not until I knew several openly gay and lesbian people in college that I began to realize the magnitude of the discrimination they faced. When I took my first job in the corporate world, I was fortunate to have an… Continue reading What Is An Ally?
Raw & SpicyBy Kevin Dallas I am not, nor I have I ever been, associated with the graduate schools of Harvard. Goldie brought me in as a ringer because of a deficiency in her database. Nick was, put simply, the only homosexual in the match-making database. At Harvard? Really, people! Therefore, ours was not the… Continue reading Raw & Spicy and Power Has Its Privileges
Me ‘n’ Him Goldie: Kevin, Kevin, Kevin. You overestimate me. You seem to think that your match-up was somehow less scientific than my usual matches, but in fact this Intraview rated about average in terms of the scientific calculus of the match. Now, if I had just met you on the street, that would have… Continue reading The Intraview's Post Game Interview
I want to donate blood. The blood drive is on Wednesday, and I want to do my part. My veins are healthy; my A-positive is good stuff. I’m not afraid of needles, and I haven’t lived on a farm in Europe in the last three years. People in my section ask me if I want… Continue reading Outward Bound
The American Red Cross faces continued allegations of discrimination against gay men and Africans for its guidelines that prevent certain people from donating blood through the organization’s blood drives, such as the one being hosted on the Harvard Business School campus.The Red Cross blood donation eligibility guidelines are designed to protect the safety of the… Continue reading American Red Cross Dogged by Allegations of Discrimination
Starting HBS marks the first time I have moved since “coming out.” Personally, it has been a much greater learning experience than I had ever imagined. For one, I was single again after a long relationship. Before that, when people asked if I was dating someone, I answered “Yeah-he’s a great guy-his name is Scott.”… Continue reading Outward Bound
Like nearly every other student interviewing for a job on February 9, the first day of Hell Week, I scanned the Wall Street Journal first thing in the morning to make sure I was up-to-date on the top stories. Unlike most students, I found my own name on Page 1 of the Marketplace section, under… Continue reading Out for a Job
Given the number of acronyms that float around HBS, it’s all too easy to get a little confused. Perhaps this quiz better illustrates my point. Pick which number you think GLSA stands for: 1) Gratuitously Loquacious Sectionmates Anonymous2) Gnome and Leprechaun Shareholder Alliance3) Gross Leverage and Sales after Amortization4) Gay and Lesbian Student AssociationPopular as… Continue reading What Does GLSA Stand For?
Yes, you are right, that means: “it’s 3:00 AM.” If you do not happen to be a native Spanish speaker let me congratulate you for your proficiency in foreign languages; particularly considering that it is not an easy language. Even so, my good friend Vadim Korsunsky, who is currently studying Spanish claims that it is… Continue reading Section Q