What Would Virginia Score on the Equality Index?
Each year, HRC publishes its Corporate Equality Index showing how business stack-up on LGBT inclusion in the workplace. But what if the Commonwealth of Virginia was a business ranked on this Index, do you know what they would get? A big fat ZERO. We know not to support Exxon because they refuse to acknowledge their LGBT employees and not to support Chik-fil-A because of anti-gay donations. Yes, Virginia would rank right down there with the Exxons and Chik-fil-As of the world. Virginia does not offer even basic non-discrimination protection of our lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender state workers – much less domestic partner benefits, relationship recognition and no visible public outreach efforts to the community. We would rally and petition against an anti-gay business, but what are we doing about our own government? As taxpayers, we are the board of directors and we are the consumer – we elect the governor and General Assembly to make these decisions on how the state operates and this is the year we can make a change. Some Virginia-based companies like Capital One, Dominion Resources and CarMax are at the top of the list setting the example for others. They already know protecting LGBT employees is about recruiting and keeping top talent in Virginia. We shouldn’t feel like we’re supporting an anti-gay business just by paying taxes and calling Virginia home. If you haven’t already, take a moment and visit http://supportsb701.org and tell your legislator it’s time that Virginia catches up with what the business community already knows – protecting state employees is not only the right thing to do, but it also makes economic sense. Chip in today with $10, $35 or more and help us keep spreading the word about SB701. We’re going to need all hands on deck for this General Assembly and can’t do that without you!