Airline Performance With The Human Rights Campaign


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Airline Performance With The Human Rights Campaign

By Jim Douglas

October 5, 2010 - American Airlines was once again honored by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) with the highest ranking possible in its 2011 Corporate Equality Index. The achievement marks the ninth year in a row American has received a top score of 100 percent, a record unmatched by any other airline. 

Ever since its founding in 1980, HRC has led the way in promoting fairness for LGBT Americans (LGBT or GLBT is an initialism referring collectively to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people). The Human Rights Campaign represents a grassroots force of over 750,000 members and supporters nationwide.

As the largest national lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization, HRC envisions an America where LGBT people are ensured of their basic equal rights, and can be open, honest and safe at home, at work and in the community.


"The Corporate Equality Index is a long trusted measure that business leaders recognize not only as a meaningful standard, but also as a way to differentiate ourselves for customers and employees," said Lauri Curtis, American's Vice President Diversity and Leadership Strategies. "Earning this distinction once more makes all of us at American Airlines especially proud to stand with the impressive list of corporations that share these principles." 

Curtis noted that 2011 also marks the 17th anniversary of the AMR Diversity Advisory Council, which represents an expansive group of committed employees at American and American Eagle. The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Employees and Allies of American Airlines and American Eagle (GLEAM) Employee Resource Group was, in fact, the first among the early-forming affinity groups crucial to the Council's development.

Today, there are 16 Employee Resource Groups advising American and American Eagle on ways to ensure the company is a great place to work for all employees and a good corporate citizen in the communities it serves. The Human Rights Campaign is dedicated to promoting and ensuring public understanding of gay and lesbian issues through innovative education and communication strategies.


American Airlines was also recognized as a leader for its corporate citizenship and commitment to LGBT equality by the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce and by the prestigious Dallas Black Tie Dinner. 

JetBlue was also honored by the Human Rights Campaign's Corporate Equality Index with a top score of 100 percent. "JetBlue is honored to be on top of the Human Rights Campaign's Corporate Equality Index and to be recognized as one of its Best Places to Work. JetBlue has always done things a little different than the other guys, from the embracing culture our crewmembers have created, to the warm welcome we extend to all customers, to the wide range of organizations we support. We are proud of HRC's recognition and committed to ensuring that JetBlue continues to be one of America's best companies to work at" said Dave Clark, Chief People Officer. 

Alaska Air, Continental Airlines, Delta Air Lines, US Airways and Virgin America also received top scores of 100 percent. Southwest Airlines 95 percent and United Airlines 88 percent. "The Human Rights Campaign recognizes our commitment to and culture of inclusiveness in our workplace. Once again achieving a perfect score on the HRC's Corporate Equality Index acknowledges our consistent effort in making Delta a great place to work for our employees worldwide" said Mike Campbell, executive vice president - Human Resources and Labor Relations. A complete list of Corporate Equality Index rankings is available at


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