13 Companies to Love for Their Support of LGBT Rights

Eve Vawter | Mar 25, 2016 Politics & Views

We live in a world that is thankfully becoming more and more LGBT friendly. But sadly, bigotry still occurs on an almost daily basis -- and we still aren't quite there yet as far as inclusion and respect toward all humans is concerned. Georgia legislators passed a bill last week that protects religious officials from having to perform same-sex marriage ceremonies and would allow faith-based organizations to deny services or employment to those who violate their "sincerely held religious belief." The governor of Georgia has until May 3 to decide whether to sign this religious liberty bill. It's my opinion that this bill is discriminatory and unconstitutional. 

So what can you do if you are a mom who also feels the same? Put your money where your mouth is by supporting these brands and companies that support the rights of LGBT humans. Some of these companies have expressed outright opposition to #HB757 and others are simply working hard to make sure their companies are as LGBT friendly as possible and promote equality for all.

 

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  • AMC Networks

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    Do you know who opposes this horrible law passing legislation? Our friends at AMC who make The Walking Dead for us. AMC issued a statement

    As a company, AMC Networks believes that discrimination of any kind is reprehensible. We applaud Governor Deal’s leadership in resisting a previous version of this divisive legislation and urge him to reject the current version as well.

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  • Disney & Marvel Studios

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    The Walt Disney company and Marvel said they will take their business elsewhere if this bill passes, and they film a lot of movies in the peach state. The company issued a statement, which explained:

    Disney and Marvel are inclusive companies, and although we have had great experiences filming in Georgia, we will plan to take our business elsewhere should any legislation allowing discriminatory practices be signed into state law.

  • General Mills

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    Keep on feeding your baby those delicious Cheerios, because when Minnesota (where GM HQ is located) tried to stop same-sex couples from tying the knot, the company spoke out, saying:

    We do not believe the proposed constitutional amendment is in the best interests of our employees or our state economy. We value diversity. We value inclusion.

  • Apple

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    Love your MacBook and your iPhone? You'll be happy to know that after the Supreme Court's gay marriage ruling, Apple released a statement that read: 

    We applaud the Supreme Court and everyone who worked so hard in the years leading up to today’s historic decision. This is a momentous step forward for equality and fundamental human rights in the United States. We could not be happier for our employees, customers and people all over America who now have the right to marry the one they love.

  • Amazon

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    You can feel totally great getting two-day shipping on those bulk diapers and bestsellers -- because Amazon certainly puts its money where its LGBT loving mouth is. Amazon founder Jeff Bezos once donated a cool 2.5 million dollars backing same-sex marriages

  • Time Warner

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    In opposition to the Georgia bill, Time Warner released a statement that reads: 

    At Time Warner, diversity in all its forms is core to our value system and to the success of our business. We strongly oppose the discriminatory language and intent of Georgia’s pending religious liberty bill, which clearly violates the values and principles of inclusion and the ability of all people to live and work free from discrimination.

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  • The NFL

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    The NFL issued a statement against Georgia's housebill 757 that states: 

    NFL policies emphasize tolerance and inclusiveness, and prohibit discrimination based on age, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, or any other improper standard. Whether the laws and regulations of a state and local community are consistent with these policies would be one of many factors NFL owners may use to evaluate potential Super Bowl host sites.

    If Georgia isn't careful, they may not get to host the Super Bowl.

  • Tylenol

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    If all this bigotry is giving you a headache, feel free to reach for your bottle of Tylenol. The company made its pro-gay stance very clear with its commercials featuring same-sex couples in #HowWeFamily

  • Dow Chemical

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    The largest chemical company in the United States opposes the bill, and posted on twitter that they strongly oppose #HB757

  • Delta Airlines

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    Ed Bastian, CEO of Delta Airlines (whose HQ is located in Atlanta), said that Georgia should send a "clear message that discrimination of any kind is unacceptable. We fully support Governor Deal rejecting a bill, including Bill 757, that would do anything other than uphold equality and ensure Georgia remains a welcoming state for everyone."

  • Google

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    Google is one of the best companies for LGBT employees, and has expressed this pro-Pride stance:

    We support our LGBT employees in a number of ways — in taking a stand on matters of policy, putting programs in place that support Gayglers (Gay Googlers) and their families, and hosting and sponsoring events and programs around the world to continue the discussion on equality.

  • Starbucks

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    Good news for all of us Venti Mocha Latte lovers: Starbucks supports gay marriage so much that CEO Howard Shultz once told a shareholder that if he opposes the company's stance on gay marriage, he could sell his shares and invest elsewhere. Boom. 

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  • Unilever

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    Makers of over 400 brands, including Dove, Lipton, and Hellmann's, have joined the Georgia Prospers Coalition Pledge, which opposes the bill. 

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