Doing the Right Thing in North Carolina
May 30, 2012 by HRC staff
Post submitted by Dan Rafter, Former HRC Associate Director of Communications
Bob Page founded Replacements, Ltd. in North Carolina in 1981. Page’s Greensboro-based company, which today employees nearly 500 North Carolinians, sells silver, china, glassware, and other collectibles.
It also was one of the few companies to speak out vehemently against the discriminatory Amendment One, which passed last month and stands to harm all North Carolina families – straight and same-sex alike. The company donated money and worked to educate lawmakers on why Amendment One was just so bad for North Carolina families.
Replacements, Ltd.’s stand against Amendment One is just the latest in a long string of examples illustrating the company’s admirable corporate responsibility. The company is one of just 10 that has received a 100 percent on HRC’s Corporate Equality Index for all 10 years the CEI has been in existence – a remarkable achievement. Replacements, Ltd. also is one of HRC’s longest-running National Corporate Partners. It has received numerous small business recognitions, and in 2002 was recognized by the Advocate as one of the most LGBT-friendly companies in America.
For Page, the battle against Amendment One was a personal one. Page is openly gay, and faced harsh blowback from those in his community when he and his partner adopted in 1999. He sees his continued advocacy as critical to improving the lives of LGBT people in the Tar Heel State – particularly future generations. He told the New York Times that things have to change in North Carolina: “I truly hope things will be better, and I want to do my part to make things better for those coming after us.”
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