Dell Hosts Austin’s LGBT and Allied Professionals for Equality@Work Presentation
September 10, 2011
This post comes from John Lake, HRC’s Corporate Development Director
On Friday, with the bus parked and open for visitors on the UT Austin Campus a few short blocks away, 50 LGBT leaders from Austin’s corporate community met for an in-depth discussion about the current state of LGBT Equality. The lunch presentation was generously hosted by HRC’s National Corporate Partner, Dell, and was kicked off with a welcome from Kayla Shell and Laura Crumley, co-chairs of the Executive Advisory Board of PRIDE, Dell’s LGBT Employee Resource Group. The pair also shared a preview of Dell’s brand new contribution the “It Gets Better” campaign, a video featuring employees from across the company.
Fred Sainz, HRC’s VP of Communications, then took the group through an informative presentation examining the tipping point at which the LGBT community is currently positioned. By examining markers including access to healthcare, family protections, and workplace fairness, it was made clear that LGBT Americans are moving closer to achieving full equality. Powerful data from recent research was shared to back up this momentum. However, data also shows that regional differences can be stark and there is still much to do to before we cross the finish line. For example, while we celebrate our recent hard-fought win in New York, 41 other states have laws or constitutional amendments to ban marriage for same-sex couples.
The discussion was lively and questions from the group were thoughtful and enlightening. Big thanks to Dell and entire fair-minded business community in Austin!
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