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Posted on Jul 25, 2014

Support for trans model Andreja Pejic floods Twitter

Model Andreja Pejic has seen a flood of support on Twitter after Pejic shared her experience as a transgender woman. GLAAD worked with the acclaimed model as she prepared to tell her story to the world. Pejic, who has appeared on covers of Elle and French Vogue, announced that she will only be modeling women's fashion going forward and that her agency supports her transition. She also told the press that she is supported by her family in Australia and friends around the world.

Laverne Cox, Janet Mock, Jamie Clayton and GLAAD co-chair Jennifer Finney Boylan were among those who took to Twitter to show their support for Pejic after she shared her story. Check out some of the tweets below and retweet some of your favorites: 

July 25, 2014
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Posted on Jul 25, 2014

GLAAD Link – your daily round-up of LGBT news, July 25, 2014

Today's top LGBT news headlines. For more news updated throughout the day, visit


LGBT equality champion Mariela Castro alive, not on missing Algeria plane - Gay Star News

Peter Tatchell: I am considering outing bishops who discipline married gay clergy - PinkNews

American Quakers are running an "underground railroad" to help LGBT Ugandans flee - The Huffington Post

Giovanni's Room, nation's oldest LGBT bookstore, to reopen - Towleroad

Researchers successfully destroy HIV in human cells - PinkNews

Study finds Truvada adherence difficult to maintain - Washington Blade

Janet Mock is Marie Claire's newest contributing editor - PinkNews

Fenway report: Trans people continue to experience more discrimination, poorer health - Autostraddle


How transgender teen Jordan K. is navigating high school - The Huffington Post

Michigan State LGBT Resource Center receives $1 million gift - PinkNews

This North Carolina same-sex couple braved an anti-LGBT rally to apply for a marriage license - BuzzFeed

Governor of New York launches LGBT task force - PinkNews

Florida appeals court won't lift stay on marriage equality - PinkNews

Even CT agency concerned by DCF's handling of trans teen Jane Doe - The Advocate

Equality Maryland celebrates passage of FAMA - Washington Blade

Arizona attorneys say marriage is not valid because couples cannot reproduce - PinkNews

Marriage equality could be worth $181.6 million to Texas - Gay Star News


Op-ed: Why Janet Mock's new job gives me hope - The Advocate

Calling out the US Conference of Catholic Bishops' transphobia - TransGriot

WATCH: Kicked out for being trans, teen explains how he survived - The Advocate

Planting seeds of change as LGBT Christians - from El Salvador to North America - The Huffington Post

Before Stonewall, DOMA heroine Edie Windsor says she was "this ignorant middle class lady" - Gay Star News


Modern Family's Eric Stonestreet: Rick Santorum wanted a photo with me--I said no - The New Civil Rights Movement

Anna Paquin explains that even though she's married to a man, she's still bisexual - Gay Star News

Super Model Andreja Pejic comes out as transgender - The Huffington Post

Sexy comedy to explore black gay experience - The Advocate


St. Louis Rams coach says Michael Sam "absolutely not" a distraction - Towleroad

Glasgow makes massive pro-LGBT statements in honor of Commonwealth Games - The New Civil Rights Movement

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July 25, 2014
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LGBT Business Forum highlights Poland’s LGBT friendly businesses

According to the "Market research and working environment of LGBT persons in Poland 2014" conducted by LGBT Business Forum, more than half of LGBT identified employees do not come out in the workplace. The fear of facing discrimination at work makes coming out to colleagues very difficult. Lack of support for LGBT personnel causes stress and negatively impacts performance of LGBT employees.

A Polish Foundation, LGBT Business Forum established in 2012, works to raise awareness and promote LGBT diversity in the workplace.  Their work focuses on creating healthier environments for LGBT persons in corporations and organizations across the country to spread the message about the value of LGBT friendliness. Changing the perspective towards LGBT workers ensures that they would feel more integrated, valued and respected both as employees and as members of the society.

The foundation also gives out annual awards to businesses who create an LGBT friendly environment for their employees and their families. An organization can receive one of two awards, a "Rainbow Wasp" is granted to an organization which fails to commit to LGBT rights, or a "Rainbow Bee" granted to a business which positively stands out as an LGBT friendly business.

This year's "Rainbow Bee" awards recipients include:

Google Poland – the award for the most LGBT friendly company

Polish Airlines LOT – in the "Surprise" category

Barefoot Wine – the "Activity and Initiative" category

British Cousin – the "Organization" category


The "Rainbow Wasp" was granted to IBM Poland

Watch a video message from Vice-President of European Parliament, Ulrike Lunacek. The video was prepared  for a conference organized by LGBT Business Forum entitled “LGBT rights and economic growth – a union of equality?”. The event took place in the Austrian Forum of Culture in Warsaw on the 13th of June 2014.


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