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posted Friday, January 4, 2013 - Volume 41 Issue 1
Gay-friendly skies - American Airlines honored for pro-LGBT policies
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Gay-friendly skies - American Airlines honored for pro-LGBT policies

by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

The National LGBT Bar Association will present the Out & Proud Corporate Counsel Award to the Legal Department of American Airlines in Dallas in early February, said association officials.

The LGBT Bar each year honors attorneys and corporations that advocate for LGBT equality within the legal sphere through the Out & Proud Corporate Counsel Awards program.

'The LGBT Bar is proud to recognize American Airlines,' said D'Arcy Kemnitz, executive director of the LGBT Bar. 'The company is truly an industry leader in diversity practices and has achieved unprecedented success on behalf of the LGBT community.'

A PERFECT HRC SCORE
American Airlines is the only airline in the world and one of only a handful of international corporations that has earned 100% perfect marks on the Human Rights Campaign's Corporate Equality Index every year since its inception. For two decades, the company's policies and actions have demonstrated a lasting commitment to equality, fairness and inclusion.

American was the first major airline to implement same-sex domestic partner benefits and to include sexual orientation and gender identity in its workplace nondiscrimination policies.

GLEAM, American Airlines' LGBT employee resource group, was the first of its kind in the industry. The group works within the company to promote diversity, acceptance, and equality among management, straight allies, and other employee groups.

AIRLINE ENDORSED ENDA
In addition, American has long been a vocal supporter of - and was the first major airline to endorse - the federal Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), which would extend basic job protections to LGBT employees. The airline has also supported passage of the Tax Equity for Health Plan Beneficiaries Act, legislation that seeks equal treatment for the taxation of health insurance benefits for domestic partners and married spouses.

For more information on American's commitment to diversity, visit www.aa.com/diversity.

The Out & Proud Corporate Counsel Award will be presented on February 7 at a reception in Dallas. Those interested in attending should contact Kelly Simon at (202) 637-7661 or kelly@lgbtbar.org for tickets and additional information.

The National LGBT Bar Association is a national association of lawyers, judges, other legal professionals, law students, activists, and affiliated LGBT legal organizations. The group promotes justice in and through the legal profession for the LGBT community in all its diversity.

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