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How Corporate America forced the veto of Arizona’s anti-gay bill

Thursday, February 27, 2014
Ross D. Franklin,    APWith the Arizona Capitol in the background, gay rights supporters Rachel Butas, right, and Jo Jo Halko kiss after the two learn that Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer announces she has vetoed SB1062, a bill designed to give added protection from lawsuits to people who assert their religious beliefs in refusing service to gays, on Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014, in Phoenix.
When an important social issue intersected with business in Arizona, Corporate America decided it was time to take a stand. Voicing concern for their employees, customers and bottom lines, prominent companies from American Airlines to Verizon used threats of reduced business to help convince Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer to veto legislation that would have allowed businesses to refuse service to gays based on the owner's religious beliefs.

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Advertising comes out of the closet, into mainstream with gay themes

Wednesday, March 6, 2013
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Welcome to the latest in gay imagery in mainstream advertising, where LGBT people have been waiting for a larger helping of fairness, or at least something other than punchlines and cliches.

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American Airlines’ GLEAM employees join ‘It Gets Better’ project (Video)

Thursday, June 9, 2011
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The Gay, Lesbian, Bi, Trans and Allied Employees of American Airlines (GLEAM) Employee Resource Group joins the It Gets Better Project to offer encouragement to teens who are struggling with the challenges of growing up, especially if dealing with the extra pressures that can come with being gay.

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