The Human Rights Coalition (HRC) announced the implementation of the HRC’s Business Coalition for the Equality Act, a united front of 60 companies who are committed to supporting the Equality Act. The Equality Act specifically protects against discrimination based on an individual’s gender identity or sexual orientation in matters of housing, employment, etc.
Thirty-two states still do not offer fully inclusive protections for the LGBT community and there are no federal protections. The Equality Act would lead the way to making discrimination clearly illegal in every state.
The Business Coalition for the Equality Act includes 60 of the most forward-thinking American companies. Organizations from all 50 states have been included in the coalition and the companies in total employ over 4.2 million people in the United States.
“These business leaders are showing true leadership and fighting to end a shameful status quo that leaves LGBT people at risk in a majority of states for being denied services or fired because of who they are or who they love,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “We’re proud of all these corporate leaders stepping forward to say that all Americans, including LGBT people, should be able to live free from fear of discrimination and have a fair chance to earn a living.”
Below is a partial list of the companies that are part of the HRC’s Business Coalition. We plan to support them, as they are making it clear that they support us. To see the complete list, visit the HRC’s website.
- Abercrombie & Fitch
- American Airlines
- American Eagle Outfitters
- Best Buy
- Capital One
- General Mills
- Kellogg C
- Levi Strauss
- McGraw Hill
- T-Mobile USA
- Dow Chemical
- The Hershey Company
The HRC announced the formation of the business coalition after a new poll released by the nonpartisan Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) found that 70% of respondents support the Equality Act, which includes the majority from all political parties, be them Democrats or Republicans or Independents.
Republican Senator Mark Kirk (IL) and Representative Bob Dold (IL) just came on board as co-sponsors of the Equality Act, which was introduced last year by Senators Jeff Merkley (OR), Tammy Baldwin (WI) and Cory Booker (NJ); and Representatives David Cicilline (RI) and John Lewis (GA).