But as critical as casting ballots is to ensuring democracy and expanding equality, there is another important albeit often overlooked way that Americans can vote: In the context of our capitalist democracy, dollars aren't just green pieces of paper we exchange for goods and services, they represent our values and our priorities. Not for nothing, "money talks" is one of this country's more ubiquitous expressions. Hobby Lobby Source: Claiming that it should be exempt from covering birth control in its employer-sponsored health care plan for religious reasons, the Oklahoma City-based retailer helped set a dangerous legal precedent to deny women, as well as LGBT communities , certain rights. Meanwhile, Hobby Lobby's retirement plan invests in birth control manufacturers.
Gay-Friendly Companies: The 7 Most Surprising
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Of the U. Food makers like General Mills and Coca Cola were among some of the early leaders as it relates to embracing gay rights and because some of the larger companies in that sector led the charge, according to Deena Fidas, director of workplace equality programs at HRC. She said others followed suit quickly to stay competitive as it relates to attracting and retaining talent. LGBTQ shoppers are also highly aware of what brands support their community—and will loyally spend money to support corporations they view as allies. More broadly, big corporations have proven to be a helpful ally in helping steer legislation that favors gay rights—while also being vocal when the government considers laws that are considered discriminatory.
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But when it comes to corporate America, not all stores are as progressive as the rest of the country. Here is a list of five of the least gay-friendly stores in the U. Chick-Fil-A, the southern fast food giant, has a long history of pursuing anti-gay legislation.
This week, Logo released its second annual list of the top 25 companies that have demonstrated true commitment, based on inclusive advertising, policy support, representation in spokespeople and chief executives, donations and sponsorships, website engagement and social media. That same percentage is also more likely to purchase from a company that actively contributes to LGBT causes. Click here for the full list and a look at the scoring criteria. The company has also shown support for the community in the wake of the Orlando Pulse nightclub shooting, sharing messages of solidarity in both print spots and on social media.