June is Pride Month so it got me wondering how "equal" things are here in the Hudson Valley for the LGBTQ community when it comes to acceptance in the work place. So I started searching. Are there places here in the Hudson Valley that say, yes, we will hire you regardless of who you love, or how you identify?

The answer to my question was yes, there are a few places. For your own future reference, there is a website, Human Rights Campaign or HRC.ORG, that gives a great deal of information on perspective employers and what they offer their LGBTQ staff members.

How do companies make it on to this list? According to the HRC website:

To earn top ratings, these employers took concrete steps to establish and implement comprehensive policies, benefits and practices that ensure greater equity for LGBTQ workers and their families.

Here are a few of the employers that are listed on the site:

*Both of these locations got a 10/10 for Employment Non-Discrimination.

Other companies that have offices and employees in our area that made the list of "Best Places to Work" for LGBTQ Equality for 2021, this is just a sampling of the ones that made the list:

  • AT&T
  • Anheuser Busch
  • Aramark
  • Bank of America
  • Barnes & Noble
  • Best Buy
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna Corp
  • Edward Jones
  • IBM
  • Hertz
  • Gap, Inc

The list is multiple pages long, the above are just a few from the 2021 list, you can check out the full list by clicking here, heads up, it is a pdf link. 

What did I learn by looking it up? I learned that I know zero about the struggles of someone in the LGBTQAi+ community and that I have so much more to learn.

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