Maybe you’ve seen those guides lately that show you how to make healthier choices when eating out. I know I recently used my iphone app called Eat This Not That during a recent restaurant outing. I thought it would be interesting to use the same technique with businesses that do or don’t support the GLBT community.
Did you know it is still legal in 29 states to fire someone for being lesbian, gay, or bisexual? As of the beginning of 2010, it’s still legal in 38 states to fire an employee for being transgender. Given this appalling state of affairs, it makes sense for progressive people to support businesses that support diversity.
The Human Rights Campaign just came out with an updated buyer’s guide for 2010. Business are rated on a scale of 0 to 100 with 100 being the highest score possible. Scores are based on whether or not businesses have policies that support LGBT people (anti-discrimination protections, domestic partner benefits, diversity training, transgender includsive benefits and external practices.) For a full list of businesses, you can download a guide from the HRC. It is over 40 pages, though, so we thought we would mention a few notables.
Shop Here: Target (Score: 100)
Not There: Walmart (Score: 40)
Shop Here: Staples (Score: 93
Not There: Office Depot (Score:45)
Shop Here: Chili’s (Score: 100)
Not There: Cracker Barrel (Score:15)
Stop Here: Chevron (Score: 100)
Not There: Exxon (Score: 0)
Stay Here: Hyatt (Score: 100)
Not There: Loew’s Hotels (Score:45)
Shop Here: AT & T (Score:100)
Not There: T-Mobile (Score: 50)
Insure Here: Allstate (Score: 100)
Not There: Humana (Score: 45)
Go to www.hrc.org/buyersguide to get a complete listing. Then think about supporting businesses that support us and putting your money where your values are.