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Major U.S. companies advance policies for gay, transgender employees

Saturday, November 22, 2014
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WASHINGTON - The nation’s top companies and law firms are increasingly setting the standard for LGBT inclusion in the workplace, according to a report issued this week by the Human Rights Campaign. A record 366 businesses earned the Corporate Equality Index's top score of 100 percent this year. Those earning [...]

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Apple CEO Tim Cook comes out: ‘I’m proud to be gay’

Thursday, October 30, 2014
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NEW YORK -- Apple CEO Tim Cook says he's proud to be gay. The public declaration, in an essay written for Bloomberg Businessweek, makes Cook the highest-profile business CEO to come out as gay. Cook said that while he never denied his sexuality, he never publicly acknowledged it, either. The [...]

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Target snubs boycott by featuring same-sex parents in latest campaign

Monday, September 15, 2014
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Barely a month after a number of anti-gay groups called for a nationwide boycott of Target stores after the retailer signed on to a legal brief supporting marriage equality, the chain has released a new advertisement featuring same-sex parents. [...]

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Calif. man sues Little Caesars for denying health coverage to same-sex spouses

Thursday, August 28, 2014
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LOS ANGELES -- A California man has filed a lawsuit alleging discrimination by Detroit-based Little Caesars Pizza for denying health insurance benefits to employees' same-sex spouses. Frank Bernard, 47, filed the action in state Superior Court in Orange County, Calif., on Wednesday against the nation's third-largest pizza chain... [...]

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Gay bathhouses nationwide facing uncertain future

Saturday, August 23, 2014
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LOS ANGELES -- Gay bathhouses that once remained in the shadows to stay in business are now seeking attention to keep their doors open. Some are doing aggressive online advertising and community outreach. Others tout their upscale amenities like plush towels and marble baths. A bathhouse in Ohio has even [...]

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Perkins: Christian businesses should donate LGBT profits to ex-gay ministries

Wednesday, August 13, 2014
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For conservatives, non-discrimination laws are another nail in the coffin of religious freedom. On Monday’s “Washington Watch,” host Tony Perkins lamented how increasingly difficult it is for Christian business owners to actively discriminate against and refuse service to LGBT people or same-sex couples based on their “religious views on sexuality.” [...]

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Anti-gay groups call for Target boycott over retailer’s support for gay marriage

Friday, August 8, 2014
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A number of anti-gay groups are calling for nationwide boycotts of Target after the chain signed on to a legal brief supporting marriage equality. The National Organization for Marriage, the Liberty Counsel and American Decency Association say the company's public support for same-sex marriage is a "slap in the face [...]

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Target joins legal brief supporting marriage equality

Wednesday, August 6, 2014
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MINNEAPOLIS -- Target Corp. is adding its name to a legal defense of gay marriage, joining other large companies that are taking a stand, just four years after the retailer came under criticism for supporting a strident opponent of same-sex unions. Target said it has signed a court brief backing [...]

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Corporate sponsorships of LGBT pride parades on the rise

Friday, June 27, 2014
In this June 8, 2014, photo, workers carry a Macy's banner during the gay pride parade, in Salt Lake City. Corporations have increased visibility this summer at gay pride parades around the country as same-sex marriage bans fall in the courts and polls show greater public acceptance of gay marriage.
SALT LAKE CITY — In between muscular men in speedos gyrating to thumping dance music and drag queens decked out in formal gowns, Salt Lake City's gay pride parade also featured a few, more conventional participants: Some of America's most well-known companies. From Starbucks to eBay to Macy's, the increasing [...]

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Starbucks celebrates LGBT pride with huge rainbow flag atop Seattle HQ

Monday, June 23, 2014
The rainbow pride flag atop the Starbucks headquarters in Seattle on Monday, Jne 23, 2014.
SEATTLE -- Starbucks celebrated the opening of LGBT Pride week in Seattle on Monday by hoisting an 800 square foot rainbow pride flag over its Seattle headquarters. "A gesture as simple as flying a flag might not seem like much on face, but it represents another step forward for the [...]

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