Apple Computer gets perfect score for gay-friendliness

“The latest evidence that corporate America is becoming more gay-friendly comes in the form of a new report on workplace practices released this week by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest lesbian and gay political organization,” Marc Gunther reports for Fortune.

“The report, called the Corporate Equality Index, gives 138 major U.S. companies a perfect 100 percent score when it comes to providing equal benefits to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) workers. That’s 10 times as many as received a perfect score when the group did its first survey of workplace practices in 2002,” Gunther reports.

“To get a perfect score, companies must explicitly ban discrimination based on sexual orientation, provide domestic partner benefits and offer diversity training. Beyond that, they must advertise to the gay community and contribute to GLBT community groups,” Gunther reports.

“Companies with perfect scores for 2006 include automakers Ford, General Motorsand Daimler Chrysler, computer makers Apple, Dell and Hewlett Packard, tech firms IBM, Intel and Microsoft, financial giants Citigroup, J.P. Morgan Chase and Merrill Lynch and consumer products companies Coca Cola, PepsiCo and Johnson & Johnson. Several aerospace and defense industry firms – Boeing, Northrop Grumman and Raytheon – also notched perfect scores,” Gunther reports.

Full article here.

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197 Comments

  1. So why is the Nation’s leadership so far behind the curve on this issue – from talking with some of the republicans on the hill one would think that lives were at risk when it comes to gay issues!

    Here hope’in the American people have had enough and take action in November! I know I have!

    Remember that when someone speaks of gay issues in a unfriendly manner – it’s very possible that their talking about your kids or some close family member!

    Thank about!

  2. “To get a perfect score, companies must … <snip > … advertise to the gay community and contribute to GLBT community groups,”

    “Several aerospace and defense industry firms – Boeing, Northrop Grumman and Raytheon – also notched perfect scores”

    The mind boggles at exactly how those aerospace and defense products were advertised in the gay community and whether they sold any.

  3. “So why is the Nation’s leadership so far behind the curve on this issue – from talking with some of the republicans on the hill one would think that lives were at risk when it comes to gay issues!”

    Gee I wonder if somebody is purposely trying to stir the pot here.

    Yeah, and while you’re ‘on the Hill’ (sure you are), could you give Hillary a kick in the rump for me…..after your done kissing it that is.

  4. >>The mind boggles at exactly how those aerospace and defense products were advertised in the gay community and whether they sold any.<<

    Haven’t you seen the ad slogans from Northrop-Grumman? …

    ‘Let us put our missiles in your silo’

    and

    ‘Hey sailor, how about I land my big jet plane on that deck of yours’

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