Welcoming workplaces

In 2005 a record number of Fortune 500 companies are offering protections to gay and lesbian workers and their spouses. Here are 10 shining examples of the best employers

BY Fred Kuhr

September 25 2005 11:00 PM ET

In good companies

In the past six
years The Advocate has chosen 75 other firms as
good companies for gay and lesbian employees. All remain on
the list except for three. Fannie Mae was removed
after its corporate foundation contributed to antigay
organizations, including a $50,000 donation to the
Traditional Values Coalition. Donna Karan International was
removed when it fell to a 57 rating on HRC’s
Corporate Equality Index in 2004. Mobil fell off the
list in 2002 after its domestic-partner policy was rescinded
when the company merged with Exxon. Here are the remaining
companies that are still good places to work:

Agilent
Technologies Inc. AOL Time Warner
AT&T Aetna American Airlines
American Express Apple Avaya
Bank One Bausch & Lomb Ben and
Jerry’s Best Buy Co. Inc.
Borders Group Capital One Financial
Charles Schwab Cingular Wireless
ChoicePoint Inc. Chubb Corp. Cisco
Systems Inc. Citigroup Inc. Deutsche
Bank Eastman Kodak Co. Ford Motor
Co. FleetBoston Financial General
Motors Gillette Hewlett-Packard
Hyatt Hotels IBM Intel J.P.
Morgan Chase Kimpton Hotel and Restaurant
Group Lehman Brothers Levi Strauss
& Co. Lillian Vernon Limited
Brands (The Limited) Lucent Technologies
Metropolitan Life Insurance Miller Brewing
Co. Mitchell Gold Merrill Lynch
Morrison and Foerster Motorola
NCR Nike Oracle Owens
Corning Pacific Gas and Electric Corp.
PepsiCo Inc. Pfizer Polaroid
Prudential Quark Inc. Reebok
Replacements Ltd. S.C. Johnson Sara
Lee Scholastic Shell Oil
Starbucks Subaru of America Sun
Microsystems Texas Instruments United
Airlines Verizon Wainwright Bank and
Trust The Walt Disney Co. Wells
Fargo Working Assets Worldspan
Xerox

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