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In good companies: The Advocate adds 10 firms to its list of the top gay-friendly employers in the country. (Where To Work).

By any standard, 2002 has been a challenging year. The nation is still recovering from the shock of last year's terrorist attacks, and the economy remains in the dumps.

Nevertheless, there seems to be no slowing in the steady advances in workplace protections for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered transgendered adjective Relating to a person who has undergone genital/sexual reassignment surgery Transgender health issues Hormonal therapy, cosmetic surgery, fertility options–eg, egg and sperm banking. See Sexual reassignment. Cf Transsexual.  people. An increasing number of companies is offering same-sex couples employee benefits that are equivalent to those offered heterosexual pairs, including health care, financial assistance for adoptions, and parental and bereavement Bereavement Definition

Bereavement refers to the period of mourning and grief following the death of a beloved person or animal. The English word bereavement

Today, the Human Rights Campaign's Corporate Equality Index The Corporate Equality Index is a report published by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation as a tool to rate American businesses on their treatment of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender employees, consumers and investors. It has been published annually since 2002. , which rates 319 companies--including 208 Fortune 500 companies--on their overall workplace policies toward GLBT GLBT Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgendered  employees, finds that 92%, or 293 companies, have nondiscrimination policies that include sexual orientation sexual orientation
The direction of one's sexual interest toward members of the same, opposite, or both sexes, especially a direction seen to be dictated by physiologic rather than sociologic forces.
. And 221 employers, about 69% of those in the index, offer domestic-partner benefits for employees' same-sex mates. What's more, 12 Fortune 500 companies now include protections for transgendered employees in their nondiscrimination policies, more than double the number of companies that did so in 2001.

"Many of these changes have come from within major companies where transgendered people are coming out in the workplace and asking for equal treatment," says Kim Mills, education director for Washington, D.C.-based gay tights group HRC HRC Human Rights Campaign
HRC Human Rights Council (UN)
HRC Human Rights Commission
HRC Hard Rock Cafe
HRC Hillary Rodham Clinton (democratic senator/presidential candidate; former first lady) 
. "It is like gay issues were [in the workplace] 10 or 15 years ago."

The Advocate has compiled a list of 10 good places for gay men and lesbians to work, adding to a list of 44 companies the magazine has put together in the past three years [see page 34]. This list uses research compiled by HRC's Corporate Equality Index as a starting point Noun 1. starting point - earliest limiting point
terminus a quo

commencement, get-go, offset, outset, showtime, starting time, beginning, start, kickoff, first - the time at which something is supposed to begin; "they got an early start"; "she knew from the
. (HRC acquired the Gay and Lesbian Values Index in October 2001 and switched its 10-point annual rating system--formulated by Grant Lukenbill, a journalist and researcher of corporate responsibility--to a 100-point system.)

To derive a score, points are assigned to seven criteria, such as whether the company has a written nondiscrimination policy covering sexual orientation, offers same-sex domestic-partner health care benefits, conducts gay-sensitive advertising, and does not support antigay groups or groups seeking to repeal legislative protections for gays and lesbians. This year 13 companies received a perfect score.

The following is not meant to be a list of the 10 best places in the United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area.  to work. It is meant to be a list of 10 corporations that have made significant advances in their attitudes toward GLBT employees.

Aetna, Hartford, Conn. 2001 revenues: $25.2 billion Employees: 32,000 2002 U.S. Fortune 500 ranking: 74 HRC score: 100

The health insurance giant added gender identity to its nondiscrimination policy last year and has offered domestic-partner benefits since 1993, the same year its gay employees group, the Aetna Network of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgendered Employees (or ANGLE) was founded. Benefits offered same-sex couples are equivalent to those offered straight couples. Employees also can designate their same-sex partners as beneficiaries of their pension plans. Aetna gives extensively to breast cancer and AIDS groups and also provides its HMO HMO health maintenance organization.

A corporation that is financed by insurance premiums and has member physicians and professional staff who provide curative and preventive medicine within certain financial,
 doctors with ongoing education on gay and lesbian medical issues.

Hewlett-Packard, Palo Alto Palo Alto, city, California
Palo Alto (păl`ō ăl`tō), city (1990 pop. 55,900), Santa Clara co., W Calif.; inc. 1894. Although primarily residential, Palo Alto has aerospace, electronics, and advanced research industries.
, Calif. 2001 revenues: $45.2 billion (H-P only) Employees: 147,000 (postmerger) U.S. Fortune 500 ranking: 28 HRC score: 86

Despite its complicated merger with Compaq in 2001, the computer hardware manufacturing giant has made significant strides in the past few years toward making its corporate environment a good place for gays and lesbians. The company has a written nondiscrimination policy covering sexual orientation and gender identity and offers domestic-partner medical benefits. In addition, gay employees can designate their partners as beneficiaries of their retirement plans and are entitled to bereavement leave, long-term medical care, and financial assistance for adoptions as well as relocation benefits. Hewlett-Packard has been a longtime supporter of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act This article documents a proposed statute that is being considered.
Information may change rapidly as the bill progresses. 
 currently pending in Congress and has sponsored the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation's Media Awards and the Out and Equal business conference. The company also has sponsored gay pride parades and festivals throughout North America North America, third largest continent (1990 est. pop. 365,000,000), c.9,400,000 sq mi (24,346,000 sq km), the northern of the two continents of the Western Hemisphere. .

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City (pop., 2000: 8,008,278), southeastern New York, at the mouth of the Hudson River. The largest city in the U.S.
 2001 revenues: $50.4 billion Employees: 96,000 U.S. Fortune 500 ranking: 21 HRC score: 100

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 giant, which takes its new name from investment firm J.P. Morgan and consumer banking colossus Colossus - (A huge and ancient statue on the Greek island of Rhodes).

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 Chase, added gender identity to its nondiscrimination policy in 2002, and J.P. Morgan included sexual orientation three years ago (the merged company went with J.P. Morgan's policy). All benefits offered gay employees and their partners are equivalent to those offered straight employees, including a $3,000-per-child adoption benefit and bereavement and family leave. The company's diversity training for employees is ongoing and aggressive, including a basic awareness training session supplemented by mandatory refresher classes every 18 months that all include information about sexual orientation. The company advertises in gay and lesbian media, both locally and nationally, and it supports a large variety of GLBT organizations, including Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, HRC, and the Hetrick-Martin Institute The Hetrick-Martin Institute, or HMI, is a New York City based non-profit organization devoted to serving the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning (LGBTQ) youth. , as well as breast cancer and AIDS causes.

Mitchell Gold, Taylorsville, N.C. 2001 sales: More than $70 million Employees: 556 U.S. Fortune 500 ranking: Does not apply HRC score: 86

Steamy ads with half-dressed young men on sofas are not this trendy furniture maker's only forte. The company was founded by Mitchell Gold, who is openly gay, and his business partner, Bob Williams This article is about the rugby player. For the college basketball coach, see Bob Williams (basketball coach).

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Bob Williams was an Australian rugby league player for the Eastern Suburbs club.
, in 1989, and its nondiscrimination policy includes both gender identity and sexual orientation. Mitchell Gold has had domestic-partner benefits for both gay and straight employees for years. The company gives to the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network, North Carolina North Carolina, state in the SE United States. It is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean (E), South Carolina and Georgia (S), Tennessee (W), and Virginia (N). Facts and Figures

Area, 52,586 sq mi (136,198 sq km). Pop.
 Equality, HRC, Empire State Pride Agenda, and various AIDS charities. Though the company does not have a gay employee group, Gold says about 5% of employees and many of the top managers are gay.

NCR (NCR Corporation, Dayton, OH, A technology company specializing in financial terminal transactions, retail systems and data warehousing. Until the late 1990s, NCR was heavily invested in the hardware side of the industry, known worldwide as a major manufacturer of computers , Dayton, Ohio Dayton is a city in southwestern Ohio, United States. It is the county seat and largest city of Montgomery County. As of the 2005 census estimate, the population of Dayton was 158,873.  2001 revenues: $5.9 billion Employees: 30,445 U.S. Fortune 500 ranking: 304 HRC score: 100

This manufacturer of automated teller machines automated teller machine (ATM), device used by bank customers to process account transactions. Typically, a user inserts into the ATM a special plastic card that is encoded with information on a magnetic strip.  and point-of-sale terminals added protection for transgendered employees to its nondiscrimination policy nearly two years ago. Gay and straight employees receive equal benefits, including relocation benefits and job search assistance for employees' partners. It also has an adoption benefit of $2,500 per child and unpaid parental leave parental leave
A leave of absence granted to a parent to care for a new baby.
 of up to 16 weeks. Diversity training, which includes information on sexual orientation, is ongoing, and senior management takes an active role in it. The company supports gay groups locally through individual NCR offices, has sponsored the Dayton pride parade, and gives to local AIDS and breast cancer groups. NCR actively recruits gay and lesbian employees at college campuses and has been a longtime supporter of ENDA ENDA Employment Non-Discrimination Act (civil rights legislation; US Congress)
ENDA Environmental Development Action
ENDA Encontro Nacional de Dirigentes Associativos (Portugal) 

Nike, Beaverton, Ore. Fiscal 2002 revenues: $9.9 billion Employees: 22,700 U.S. Fortune 500 ranking: 204 HRC score: 100

The athletic gear giant claims to have cleaned up its act regarding overseas labor issues, and it began including transgendered employees in its nondiscrimination policy starting in 2001. Nike has had domestic partner benefits for same-sex couples since 1994, and all other benefits are equal for gay and straight employees, including a $3,000-per-child adoption benefit. The company has done some gay-targeted advertising in national media, including the television spot of gay HIV-positive runner Ric Munoz. Ads also currently appear on gay-themed TV shows. Nike supports Basic Rights Oregon Basic Rights Oregon is the largest non-profit gay rights organization in the U.S. state of Oregon. Based in Portland, its mission is to "end discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in Oregon. , HRC, and a variety of local AIDS organizations. Additionally, it has sponsored The Sexual Minority Youth Recreation Center in Portland, Ore., and this year's inaugural Mark Kendall For the American guitarist see Mark Kendall (guitarist)

Mark Kendall is a former Wales international footballer. A goalkeeper, he played club football for Newport County before signing for Tottenham Hotspur.
 Bingham Cup Rugby Tournament and Festival in San Francisco San Francisco (săn frănsĭs`kō), city (1990 pop. 723,959), coextensive with San Francisco co., W Calif., on the tip of a peninsula between the Pacific Ocean and San Francisco Bay, which are connected by the strait known as the Golden . Nike also supports ENDA.

Pacific Gas and Electric Corp., San Francisco 2001 revenues: $22.96 billion Employees: 22,600 U.S. Fortune 500 ranking: 87 HRC score: 86

Erin Brockovich may have found some problems here, but the company's gay and lesbian employees seem happy. PG&E's nondiscrimination policy includes sexual orientation as well as gender identity (included this year), and a number of openly transgendered people work at the company. Benefits are equal for straights and gays; they include paid bereavement leave for same-sex partners, which the company instituted back in the 1980s. PG&E has ongoing diversity management training that includes information on sexual orientation and gender identity, and it actively supports its gay employees group. The company has sponsored San Francisco's Lavender Youth Recreation and Information Center and various AIDS groups, and has donated to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. It also gives scholarships to high school students who have supported gay and lesbian causes. The company has gay ,people in upper management and advertises in the local gay press. In past years it has sponsored a bus advertising campaign in support of gay and lesbian youth organizations. PG&E also is a longtime supporter of ENDA.

Pfizer, New York City 2001 revenues: $32.26 billion Employees: 90,000 U.S. Fortune 500 ranking: 49 HRC score: 86

When the manufacturer of such well-known products as Visine, BenGay, Listerine, and Viagra merged with Warner-Lambert in 2000, it became one of the top five drugmakers in most world markets. It has offered domestic-partner benefits for same-sex couples since 2002, but its nondiscrimination policy--which includes sexual orientation--still does not cover gender identity. All other benefits are the same for gay and straight employees, including an adoption benefit of $10,000 per child. The company actively supports its gay group, but diversity training for new hires is not mandatory. Pfizer supports local AIDS and breast cancer groups, and it sponsors the Lansing, Mich., pride parade, National Coming Out Day events, and PFLAG PFLAG Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (since 1972; Washington, DC) . The company advertises its AIDS drug Viracept in national and local gay media and it actively recruits gay and lesbian employees at college job fairs.

Replacements Ltd., Greensboro, N.C. 2000 revenues: $72 million Employees: 600 U.S. Fortune 500 ranking: Does not apply HRC score: 100

Looking to replace the dish you broke from your mother's china collection? You might turn to this gay-owned, gay-operated china, crystal, silver, and collectibles company, which can teach a lot of Fortune 500 companies a lesson about fair and equal treatment of employees. Most of the company's upper management is openly gay, says president Bob Page, and gay issues are frequently discussed in management meetings. The company's nondiscrimination policy includes sexual orientation as well as gender identity, and all employee benefits are equal regardless of employees' sexual orientation, including an adoption stipend of $5,000 per child. The company provides periodic diversity training. It has unisex rest rooms to guarantee that transgendered employees feel comfortable. Replacements actively supports gay and lesbian community groups, including HRC, GLSEN GLSEN Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (New York, New York) , local AIDS organizations, the North Carolina Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, and pride parades throughout North Carolina.

Worldspan, Atlanta 2001 revenues: Over $500 million Employees: 3,500 U.S. Fortune 500 ranking: Does not apply HRC score: 100

The online booking engine for Web sites Expedia, Orbitz, and Priceline is a partnership among Delta, Northwest, and American airlines American Airlines

Major U.S. airline. American was created through a merger of several smaller U.S. airlines and incorporated in 1934. It continued to buy the routes of other airlines, becoming an international carrier in the 1970s; its routes include South America, the
. Its nondiscrimination policy includes sexual orientation and gender identity. Benefits for all employees and their partners are equal, including an adoption benefit of $5,000 per child and bereavement leave. Employees also can designate partners as beneficiaries. Diversity training is mandatory for all employees and is ongoing in the form of monthly lunch forums. The company sponsors HRC, AIDS walks in Atlanta and Kansas City Kansas City, two adjacent cities of the same name, one (1990 pop. 149,767), seat of Wyandotte co., NE Kansas (inc. 1859), the other (1990 pop. 435,146), Clay, Jackson, and Platte counties, NW Mo. (inc. 1850). , Mo., the Atlanta pride festival, and the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Worldspan also supports ENDA.

Other top companies

In the past three years, The Advocate has chosen 45 firms as the best for gay and lesbian employees. The companies are all still gay-friendly firms, with one exception: Mobil. After Exxon and Mobil merged, the new management revoked Mobil's domestic-partner policy to conform with Exxon's lack of such benefits. Here are the firms from the past three years that are still good places to work:
AOL Time Warner
American Airlines
American Express
BankBoston (now FleetBoston Financial)
Bell Atlantic (now Verizon)
Ben and Jerry's (now owned by Unilever)
Charles Schwab
Chubb Corp.
Donna Karan International
Eastman Kodak Co.
General Motors
Fannie Mae
Ford Motor Co.
Levi Strauss & Co.
Lillian Vernon
The Limited
Lucent Technologies
Merrill Lynch
Quark Inc.
S.C. Johnson
Sara Lee
Shell Oil
Subaru of America
Sun Microsystems
Texas Instruments
United Airlines
Wainwright Bank and Trust
The Walt Disney Co.
Wells Fargo
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Date:Oct 29, 2002
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