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Where should you work?

Where should you work?


Some of the biggest employers in the United States are also among the most gay-friendly

When Ed Mickens was researching his book The 100 Best Companies for Gay Men and Lesbians in the early '90s, domestic-partner benefits were a rarity. What a difference a decade makes: When the Human Rights Campaign released The State of the Workplace in early September, it counted 2,856 private companies, colleges and universities, and state and local governments that offer domestic-partner health coverage.

HRC's report raises hopes that the ranks of gay-friendly companies will continue to grow. It also raises the question, What makes a workplace hospitable for lesbians and gay men? "Gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered people want to feel safe and valued," says Brian McNaught, a corporate consultant on gay employment concerns and author of Gay Issues in the Workplace. "You want to trust that you're going to be judged on the basis of your skills and performance and no other factor."

What follows is a list of 25 companies that provide a good working atmosphere for their gay employees. In choosing the list The Advocate wanted to include both pioneers and newer arrivals and to bring your attention to some companies that have made progress even if there's still work to be done.

East Coast

American Express  BankBoston  Bell Atlantic  Ben & Jerry's Homemade  Chubb Corp.  Eastman Kodak Co.  Fannie Mae (Federal National Mortgage Association)  IBM  Lucent Technologies  Mobil  Polaroid  Xerox


Ford Motor Co.  The Limited  S.C. Johnson  Sara Lee  United Airlines Southwest/Rockies American Airlines  Quark Inc.  Texas Instruments

West Coast

Apple Computer  Charles Schwab  Intel  Levi Strauss & Co.  The Walt Disney Co.

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