John Amaechi – Psychologist, US Professional Basketball Player

John Amaechi is the first NBA player to speak publicly about being gay. In 2007, three years after retiring from pro basketball, he became one of only six male professional athletes in the four major U.S. sports to come out.¬†Amaechi, the son of a Nigerian father and a white British mother, grew up in England. […]

Rachel Maddow, US based Commentator – LGBTAM Icon June 1, 2010

“I came out when I was 17. That’s not an issue for me, it’s not a decision for me. It’s not something I’ve ever thought about my whole adult life.” Rachel Maddow is a television host, radio personality and political commentator. She is the first out lesbian to anchor a prime-time show. Maddow grew up […]

LGBT Awareness Month – June 2010

June is Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Awareness Month. EQUAL!, one of Alcatel-Lucent’s seven employee business partners, is planning activities to celebrate the contributions of the LGBT communities and raise awareness of the issues faced both within and outside the workplace that impact the lives of employees, friends or family members who are gay, […]


Yes, IDAHO is one the 50 American States. It is also many other things, including a widely-recognized celebration of “International Day Against HOmophobia and transphobia”. It is celebrated yearly on May 17 in more than 50 countries in the world, and recognised officially by the European Union, Belgium, United Kingdom, France, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Canada, Mexico, […]

International Women’s Day Celebration (2010)

International Women’s Day was celebrated 8 March 2010. This is observed world-wide as a day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women. In Washington D.C, the US President and First Lady observed International Women’s Day on Monday with a reception at the White House. There were many women of note in attendance along […]

Valentine’s Day

In many countries, Feb 14 is Valentine’s Day celebration. That’s a time when lovers are encouraged to kiss and make gifts and that can happen every where including in public spaces. For LGBT people, it’s not always as simple to kiss in public places since there is often a fear of people insulting or even […]

Corporate Equality Index: Alcatel-Lucent earns top mark in 2010

As some of you may have noticed on the Americas’ Intranet in the “in brief” section of the intranet a few days ago or more recently on Alcatel-Lucent blog, Alcatel-Lucent in the United States received the highest score of 100% in the Corporate Equality Index by the Human Rights Campaign on their treatment of gay, […]