Corporations and Companies That Support Gay Rights.....Know Any?

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    Oct 07, 2009 5:47 PM GMT
    Microsoft Corp. has donated $100,000 to the campaign supporting more partnership rights for Washington state gay couples.

    Do you know of other companies and corporations that actively support the cause?

    They deserve our business.
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    Oct 07, 2009 6:22 PM GMT

    Hey KissingPro, believe it or not, Campbell soups!


    http://gayrights.change.org/blog/view/campbells_soup_rebuffs_anti-gay_organization
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    Oct 07, 2009 7:02 PM GMT
    HRC evaluate's corporations on an annual basis based on various categories. Here's there latest report that just came out in September:

    [url]http://issuu.com/hrcworkplace/docs/hrc_corporate_equality_index_2010?mode=embed&layout=http%3A%2F%2Fskin.issuu.com%2Fv%2Flight%2Flayout.xml&showFlipBtn=true[/url]
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    Oct 07, 2009 7:07 PM GMT
    Here's the link to the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce

    http://www.nglcc.org
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    Oct 07, 2009 7:43 PM GMT
    Apple started offering benefits to domestic partners in 1993. Last year they donated $100K to the No on 8 campaign in CA.
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    Oct 07, 2009 7:54 PM GMT
    Mobil used to offer benefits to partners before they merged with Exxon to become Exxon-Mobil. A friend of mine who worked at Mobile told me what happened.

    SO, yet another reason NOT to give Exxon-Mobil any of your money.
  • JP85257

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    Oct 07, 2009 8:16 PM GMT
    Im a member of the Greater PHX GLBT Chamber myself.
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    Oct 07, 2009 8:25 PM GMT
    There's Apple Computer, which has an HRC score of 100 for 2009, per this HRC link. I believe you can follow it back, to find other corporate ratings.

    "Apple is honored to be recognized by the Human Rights Campaign for the third year in a row for our efforts to promote diversity and provide equal opportunity to all employees."

    Apple also donated heavily against Prop 8 in California, and made public statements against it. YAY Apple!

    http://www.hrc.org/issues/workplace/search_forms/organization_profile.aspx?organization_id=1326&search_id=1&search_type=Quick
  • jarhead5536

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    Oct 07, 2009 8:28 PM GMT
    I work for Gannett Media, and this is by far the gay-friendliest place I've ever been. The only real snag is my DP benefits, which are labeled "imputed income" and therefore after-tax deductions. Since all health care benefits are about to become imputed income with the enactment of health care reform, I suppose I can live with it...
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    Oct 07, 2009 8:38 PM GMT
    Here's another one to which HRC gives 100: Target. I would attend Gay Pride in the Twin Cities, the Target corporate HQs (and which claims to be the 3rd largest Pride Parade in the US, which I can believe, having been in them, actually led 2 of them on motorcycle), and the Target participation was incredible.

    To see over 100 red-shirted Target employees marching en masse down Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, the largest corporate presence, was inspiring. And in Loring Park, where the Pride festival is held for several days, the largest pavilion is always Target's, the free hand-outs always the best.

    But more than window dressing, Target has progressive domestic partner benefits, and other corporate policies. I have a number of gay friends in the Target management structure, and they all tell me Target is about as gay-friendly a retailer as you will find in the US.

    Wal*Mart is finally starting to get the message, I think, and good for them. But the leader by far is still Target. Go Target!

    http://www.hrc.org/issues/workplace/organization_profile.asp?organization_id=1153&search_id=1&search_type=Quick
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    Oct 07, 2009 9:16 PM GMT
    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/07/dining/07lobs.html

    Take a look at this story about the LL Bean heiress who is funding the Christian loonies in Maine.