AT&T takes stand against Russian gay discrimination

Posted on 05 Feb 2014 at 2:12pm

AT&T logoU.S. Olympic Committee sponsor AT&T has taken a stand against Russian discrimination, standing with the LGBT community.

The Dallas-based company wrote on its Consumer Blog that Human Rights Campaign called on International Olympic Committee sponsors “to take action and stand up for LGBT equality.”

“AT&T is not an IOC sponsor, so we did not receive the HRC request,” the company wrote on its blog. “However, we are a long-standing sponsor of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC). We support HRC’s principles, and we stand against Russia’s anti-LGBT law.”

The post links to the company’s “Committment to the LGBT community.”

LEAGUE at AT&T was the first LGBT employee resource group at a major corporation.

“AT&T was the first major corporation to adopt a policy prohibiting discrimination against employees based on sexual orientation,” the company wrote on a page entitled “Best Place to Work for LGBT Employees.”

The site also boasts that for the 10th year in a row, AT&T received a perfect score on HRC’s Corporate Equality Index.

In its press release, AT&T states its support for American athletes and ends with support for the LGBT community:

As the games begin, we’re here to support and inspire American athletes who’ve worked hard and sacrificed much to achieve their dreams. We also want to be on record with our support for the LGBT community, and we hope that others involved with the Olympic Games will do the same.

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