Windy City Media Group Frontpage News
Celebrating 30 Years of Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Trans News
home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2019-01-16
About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage



Mercer's, Marsh's BRGs hosts inclusive benefits discussion
by Carrie Maxwell, Windy City Times

facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email

Mercer Global Benefits Consultant Dr. Diego Ramirez was the featured speaker at an Out & Equal Chicagoland Citywide Pride event Oct. 16 at Mercer's Chicago offices.

The Pride Business Resource Groups ( BRG ) of both Mercer, a consulting firm, and Marsh, an insurance broking and risk management firm—a sister subsidiary of professional services company Marsh & McLennan—joined forces to host this discussion.

The event was spearheaded by Chicago Mercer Pride BRG Co-Chairs Mallory Gyetvan and Austin Wilson and Chicago Marsh Pride BRG Chair Frank Cella. Gyetvan is also a Mercer health consultant while Wilson is a Mercer life, absence and disability consultant. Cella is a managing director and central zone education practice leader at Marsh.

Cella spoke about Marsh's long history of providing inclusive benefits to its LGBT employees. Gyetvan explained that because Mercer has a background in benefits, they wanted to host this event to provide information on inclusive workplace benefits and solicit feedback and discussion from other companies' employees.

Mercer's Global Diversity and Inclusion Leader Kari Mayfield spoke about the company's approach to diversity ahead of Ramirez's remarks. Mayfield said that Mercer's approach to diversity and inclusion can also apply to how Marsh approaches these subjects.

Ramirez shared pictures of his family and spoke about his journey from Colombia to Mexico to San Francisco ahead of his presentation. He said that there are a wide variety of benefits employees look at when they are seeking out companies to work for. Ramirez explained that these benefits used to be cisgender/heterosexual-focused, but that is changing at a number of companies worldwide.

In terms of company benefits that cover gender-affirmative treatment for transgender employees, Ramirez said the highest can be found in the North America Region ( Canada and the United States ) with 42 percent, while the lowest is in Asia with 13 percent. He explained that in countries like Singapore where there are almost no protections for LGBT people, mortality rates for people with HIV could be 25 percent due to the lack of access for healthcare services, compared to under five percent in many other areas around the world.

As for what is happening in the United States, Ramirez said there are increasing numbers of people identifying as LGBT and that percentage is higher among the younger generations than those who are 40-plus years old. Some 37 percent of LGBT people are raising children and 49 percent of LGBT couples are married, he added, further noting that LGBT people are three times more likely to experience mental health conditions; that higher level of stress they experience is due to outside forces.

Ramirez offered numerous reasons why companies should focus on inclusive benefits. He said a survey found that 70 percent of trans patients and 56 percent of LGB patients have experienced discrimination in healthcare, including being turned away; having providers refusing to touch them or using excessive precautions; receiving verbal or physical abuse from providers; and being blamed for their health status.

Regarding LGBT-inclusive benefits that companies provide, Ramirez said that 360 companies replied to his survey.

According to the survey, 52 percent of the companies in the U.S. provide any kind of transgender-inclusive benefits; and of those companies that provide benefits, 100 percent provide behavioral health, counseling and mental health services, while 86 percent provide surgical affirmation treatment health coverage. Only 12 percent of companies provide compensation for travel and lodging to transgender employees who have to go to other parts of the country to receive medical services at qualified hospitals.

Ramirez also spoke about family planning coverage for LGBT employees including surrogacy, fertility support, adoption assistance and parental leave.

facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email

Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here. Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you stay on this page, the more you help us.


Gay News

Biden Foundation releases "As You Are" animated educational acceptance video 2019-01-22 - WASHINGTON, D.C. — As part of its family and community acceptance campaign, As You Are, and in partnership with the Institute for Innovation ...

Gay News

Brian Bond Named New Executive Director of PFLAG National 2019-01-17 - WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, PFLAG National—the nation's first and largest organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer ( LGBTQ+ ) people, their families, and ...

Gay News

Man Up Medical co-founder looks to past to shape present 2019-01-16 - Dean Hervochon dispenses words of advice like they are business cards. He is the guy who knows everything, as his friends tell ...

Gay News

WORLD Israel medical group, India's ban, Chechnya detention 2019-01-15 - Members who perform conversion therapy could now be expelled from the Israel Medical Association ( IMA )—which represents 90 percent of the country's ...

Gay News

Auditorium offering free tickets to furloughed workers 2019-01-15 - The Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress Pkwy./50 E. Ida B. Wells Dr., wants to reach local furloughed government employees to take advantage of ...

Gay News

Deadline looms for LGBT community-needs survey 2019-01-15 - Members of the Chicago region's LGBT community have until the end of the month to take part in an extensive survey measuring the ...

Gay News

Anti-bullying laws including sexual orientation associated with fewer suicides 2019-01-15 - Sexual minority youth have a higher prevalence of bullying and attempted suicide than non-sexual minority youth. New research from the Williams Institute at ...

Gay News

Howard Brown Health changes clinical leadership 2019-01-02 - Howard Brown Health announced changes to its medical leadership structure in response to growth across its citywide network. With 10 clinical locations ...

Gay News

Report highlights lack of support for student survivors of domestic violence 2019-01-02 - A report published by Chicago's Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law shows that while coverage of the incidence of sexual abuse in ...

Gay News

WORLD Conversion therapy, Lebanese group, Japanese marriage suit 2019-01-01 - Two separate petitions launched earlier this year in Canada asking the government to ban conversion therapy have amassed a combined 70,000 signatures, PinkNews ...


Copyright © 2019 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.








About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage

About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Subscriptions      Distribution      Windy City Queercast     
Queercast Archives      Advertising  Rates      Deadlines      Advanced Search     
Press  Releases      Event Photos      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Post an Event      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Blogs      Spotlight  Video     
Classifieds      Real Estate      Place a  Classified     

Windy City Media Group produces Windy City Queercast, & publishes Windy City Times,
The Bi-Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community,
Nightspots, Out! Resource Guide, and Identity.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.