The World Economic Forum, also called the Davos Annual Meeting, is being held from January 22–25, 2014, in the municipality of Davos, Switzerland. The meeting of many business and world leaders is meant to promote positive change around the world; having added “inclusiveness” to its list of objectives, the Huffington Post and Microsoft sponsored a panel on LGBT rights on January 23.
On January 21, the Colorado State Senate gave SB-19 initial approval on its first reading, a bill that would permit legally married gay couples to file their state taxes jointly, despite the state’s official ban on marriage equality, if they also file their federal taxes jointly.
Disagreements over household spending may be a major cause of marital strife, but according to the results of a study just released by Spectrem’s Millionaire Corner, 56 percent of LGBT households combine their resources and make financial decisions together—and the end result is that they’re happier than those who don’t.
Utah’s State Tax Commission announced on January 16 that same-sex couples who were legally married in Utah or another state are permitted to file jointly on their income tax returns, as reported by the Salt Lake Tribune.
The US Senate voted on January 7 to consider extending emergency unemployment insurance for the 3.1 million Americans who depend on it. That includes the LGBT community, which commonly has considerably higher rates of poverty and unemployment than the mainstream population.
Due to multiple factors, members of the LGBT community generally have a harder time than most finding affordable, appropriate physical and mental healthcare. To help change that, the National LGBT Health Education Center at The Fenway Institute has teamed up with the Center for American Progress to enroll as many people in health insurance plans as possible.
Against the backdrop of last June’s strikedown of a key portion of the Defense of Marriage Act, the year-end guessing game is on as to just when the Social Security Administration might act on spousal benefits in states that don’t recognize same-sex marriage.
In accordance with its state constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, the Virginia Department of Taxation ruled the state will not correspond with newly mandated United States Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) policy—equal treatment for same-sex married couples.
Same-sex couples now have the chance to claim tax benefits denied them under DOMA; not just for future returns, but retroactively, with an amended return.
Entrepreneur Mike Waxman is using his personal experiences to create social change for the LGBT community with his newest venture.