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07/10/2008

Wherein Pete does something genuinely pro-gay

by Jeremy Hooper

Yesterday we saw Peter Labarbera make a list of the 20 people and groups that should keep anti-gay/anti-abortion Christians focused on their cause. But of course for those of us who staunchly support the freedom of same-sex-loving adults to live, work, and play as part of the spectrum of human normalcy, what he really did is give us a handy list of the sorts of people and groups that are fighting for the greater good. He handily itemized some of those who are pushing back against the gay-less world for which he fights on a daily basis, giving us insight into whose work is really registering on his "pro-family" radar. He provided a service, really.

Well being the mensch that he is, Pete has today done us all another favor: He has conveniently pooled all of the companies who have scored a perfect 100 on the Human Rights Campaign's annual Corporate Equality index. So essentially, gays, Mr. LaBarbera has just provided us all with another handy list -- one that schools us on which companies we should all make a point of supporting, as they have made strides to support us. A whopping 195 companies, all of which Pete has rounded up, itemized, and presented to us all in an easily liftable format.

After the jump, you can find Pete's contribution to pro-gay corporate activism. What you choose to do with it is you choice. You can print it out and keep it in your wallets. You can post a copy on our office wall, recommending which vendors your company should give an extra glance. But whatever you do, be sure to distribute Pete's list widely amongst your friends and family. Oh, and as a common courtesy, you might also want to drop Pete a note to thank him for his helpful handiwork. A really sweet gesture, it was!

The list:

(Per Pete: The number next to each corporation’s name and headquarters city indicates how many years that company has received a 100% HRC ranking)
AAA Northern California, Nevada and Utah San Francisco, CA 3
Abercrombie & Fitch Co. New Albany, OH 2
Accenture Ltd. New York, NY 1
Adobe Systems Inc. San Jose, CA 2
Aetna Inc. Hartford, CT 6
Agilent Technologies Inc. Santa Clara , CA 4
Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld LLP Washington, DC 1
Alcatel-Lucent Murray Hill, NJ
Allianz Life Insurance Co. of North America Minneapolis, MN 2
Allstate Corp., The Northbrook, IL 1
Alston & Bird LLP Atlanta, GA 3
American Express Co. New York, NY 4
Ameriprise Financial Inc. Minneapolis, MN 2
AMR Corp. (American Airlines) Fort Worth, TX 6
Anheuser-Busch Companies Inc. St. Louis, MO 2
Aon Corp. Chicago, IL 1
Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA 6
Arnold & Porter LLP Washington, DC 2
AT&T Inc. San Antonio, TX 3

Bain & Co. Inc. Boston, MA 2
Bank of America Corp. Charlotte, NC 2
Bausch & Lomb Inc. Rochester, NY 5
Bear Stearns Companies Inc., The New York, NY 1
Best Buy Co. Inc. Richfield, MN 4
Bingham McCutchen Boston, MA 1
Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals Inc. Ridgefield, CT 1
Boeing Co. Chicago, IL 2
Borders Group Inc. Ann Arbor, MI 3
Boston Consulting Group Boston, MA 1
BP America Inc. Warrenville, IL 3
Bright Horizons Family Solutions Inc. Watertown, MA 2
Brinker International Inc. Dallas, TX 2
Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. New York, NY 2
Bryan Cave LLP St. Louis, MO 1

Capital One Financial Corp. McLean, VA 5
Cargill Inc. Wayzata, MN 4
Carlson Companies Inc. Minnetonka, MN 2
Charles Schwab Corp., The San Francisco, CA 4
Chevron Corp. San Ramon, CA 3
ChoicePoint Inc. Alpharetta, GA 4
Chrysler LLC Auburn Hills, MI 3
Chubb Corp. Warren, NJ 4
Cisco Systems Inc. San Jose, CA 4
Citigroup Inc. New York, NY 4
Clear Channel Communications Inc. San Antonio, TX 2
Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton New York, NY 1
Clorox Co. Oakland, CA 2
CMP Media LLC Manhasset, NY 3
CNA Insurance Chicago, IL 2
Coca-Cola Co., The Atlanta, GA 2
Coors Brewing Co. Denver, CO 4
Corning Inc. Corning, NY 3
Countrywide Financial Corp. Calabasas, CA 1
Credit Suisse New York, NY 3
Crowell & Moring LLP Washington, DC 1
Cummins Inc. Columbus, IN 3

Dell Inc. Round Rock, TX 4
Deloitte & Touche USA LLP New York, NY 2
Deutsche Bank New York, NY 5
Dewey Ballantine LLP New York, NY 1
Dickstein Shapiro LLP Washington, DC 1
Dorsey & Whitney LLP Minneapolis, MN 2
Dow Chemical Co. Midland, MI 3
DuPont (E.I. du Pont de Nemours) Wilmington, DE 2

Eastman Kodak Co. Rochester, NY 6
Electronic Arts Inc. Redwood City, CA 1
Eli Lilly & Co. Indianapolis, IN 2
Ernst & Young LLP New York, NY 3
Estee Lauder Companies New York, NY 3
Esurance Inc. San Francisco, CA 1

Faegre & Benson Minneapolis, MN 4
Fannie Mae Washington, DC 2
Foley & Lardner Milwaukee, WI 1
Foley Hoag LLP Boston, MA 1
Ford Motor Co. Dearborn, MI 4
Freescale Semiconductor Inc. Austin, TX 3

GameStop Corp. Grapevine, TX 1
Gap Inc. San Francisco, CA 3
Genentech Inc. South San Francisco, CA 1
General Mills Inc. Minneapolis, MN 3
General Motors Corp. Detroit, MI 2
GlaxoSmithKline plc Philadelphia, PA 3
Global Hyatt Corp. Chicago, IL 3
Goldman Sachs Group Inc., The New York, NY 4
Google Inc. Mountain View, CA 2

Harrah’s Entertainment Inc. Las Vegas, NV 1
Hartford Financial Services Co. Hartford, CT 1
Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Inc. Wellesley, MA 2
Heller Ehrman LLP San Francisco, CA 2
Herman Miller Inc. Zeeland, MI 1
Hewitt Associates Lincolnshire, IL 2
Hewlett-Packard Co. Palo Alto, CA 5
Holland & Knight LLP New York, NY 1
Honeywell International Inc. Morristown, NJ 2
Hospira Inc. Lake Forest, IL 2
HSBC USA Inc. Prospect Heights, IL 1

IndyMac Bancorp Inc. Pasadena, CA 1
ING North America Insurance Corp. Atlanta, GA 2
Intel Corp. Santa Clara, CA 6
International Business Machines Corp. (IBM) Armonk, NY 5
Intuit Inc. Mountain View, CA 3

J.C. Penney Co. Inc. Plano, TX 1
J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. New York, NY 6
Jenner & Block LLP Chicago, IL 3
Johnson & Johnson New Brunswick, NJ 3

Kaiser Permanente Oakland, CA 3
KeyCorp Cleveland, OH 1
Keyspan Corp Brooklyn, NY 4
Kimpton Hotel & Restaurant Group Inc. San Francisco, CA 4
Kirkland & Ellis Chicago, IL 1
KPMG LLP New York, NY 3
Kraft Foods Inc. Northfield, IL 4
Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP New York, NY 1

Latham & Watkins LLP New York, NY 1
Lehman Brothers Holdings New York, NY 5
Levi Strauss & Co. San Francisco, CA 5
Lexmark International Inc. Lexington, KY 3
Liz Claiborne Inc. New York, NY 2

Macy’s Inc. Cincinnati, OH 1
Marriott International Inc. Washington, DC 1
Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Co. Springfield, MA 1
MasterCard Inc. Purchase, NY 1
McDermott Will & Emery LLP Chicago, IL 2
McKinsey & Co. Inc. New York, MA 2
Mellon Financial Corp. Pittsburgh, PA 3
Merck & Co. Inc. Whitehouse Station, NJ 2
Merrill Lynch & Co. New York, NY 3
MetLife Inc. New York, NY 5
Microsoft Corp. Redmond, WA 3
Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky & Popeo Boston, MA 1
Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams Taylorsville, NC 5
Morgan Stanley New York, NY 2
Morrison & Foerster LLP San Francisco, CA 5
Motorola Inc. Schaumburg, IL 4

National Grid USA Westborough, MA 1
Nationwide Columbus, OH 4
NCR Corp. Dayton, OH 6
New York Times Co. New York, NY 4
Newell Rubbermaid Inc. Atlanta, GA 1
Nike Inc. Beaverton, OR 6
Nixon Peabody LLP Rochester, NY 2
Nordstrom Inc. Seattle, WA 3
Northern Trust Corp. Chicago, IL 2
Northrop Grumman Corp. Los Angeles, CA 2

O’Melveny & Myers LLP Los Angeles, CA 1
Oracle Corp. Redwood Shores, CA 1
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe San Francisco, CA 2

Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP Los Angeles, CA 1
PepsiCo Inc. Purchase, NY 4
Pfizer Inc. New York, NY 4
PG&E Corp. San Francisco, CA 5
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP San Francisco, CA 2
Powell Goldstein LLP Atlanta, GA 2
PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP New York, NY 2
Principal Financial Group Des Moines, IA 1
Prudential Financial Inc. Newark, NJ 5

Raytheon Co. Waltham, MA 3
Recreational Equipment Inc. Kent, WA 1
Replacements Ltd. McLeansville, NC 6

S.C. Johnson & Son Inc. Racine, WI 5
Schering-Plough Corp. Kenilworth, NJ 2
Sears Holdings Corp. Hoffman Estates, IL 3
Sidley Austin LLP Chicago, IL 1
Sodexho Inc. Gaithersburg, MD 1
Sonnenschein, Nath & Rosenthal Chicago, IL 1
Sprint Nextel Corp Reston, VA 3
Starbucks Corp. Seattle, WA 1
Starcom MediaVest Group Chicago, IL 2
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide White Plains, NY 2
State Street Corp. Boston, MA 2
Subaru of America Inc. Cherry Hill, NJ 1
Sun Microsystems Inc. Santa Clara, CA 3
SunTrust Banks Inc. Atlanta, GA 3
Supervalu Inc. Eden Prairie, MN 1

Tech Data Corp. Clearwater, FL 3
Time Warner Inc. New York, NY 1
Toyota Motor Sales USA Inc. Torrance, CA 2
Travelport Inc. Parsippany, NJ 1

U.S. Bancorp Minneapolis, MN 1
UBS AG Stamford, CT 3
United Parcel Service Inc. (UPS) Atlanta, GA 1
US Airways Group Inc. Tempe, AZ 3

Viacom Inc. New York, NY 3
Visa Foster City, CA 2
Volkswagen of America Inc. Auburn Hills, MI 2

Wachovia Corp. Charlotte, NC 2
Walgreens Co. Deerfield, IL 3
Walt Disney Co. Burbank, CA 2
Washington Mutual Inc. Seattle, WA 2
Waste Management Inc. Houston, TX 1
Wells Fargo & Co. San Francisco, CA 4
Whirlpool Corp. Benton Harbor, MI 4
Wyndham Worldwide Corp. Parsippany, NJ 2

Xerox Corp. Stamford, CT 6

Yahoo! Inc. Sunnyvale, CA 1

HRC’s 195 100-Percent Pro-Homosexual Corporations [AFT]

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Your thoughts

Both Apple and Microsoft are on the list? I guess this means that anti-gay activists are going to have some trouble when buying a computer.

Posted by: Maduin | Jul 10, 2008 5:09:12 PM

How can Pete possibly believe that drawing attention to these companies benefits his cause in any way?? If anything it just underscores the fact that his antiquated and oppressive foisting of his "morals" on society is failing! MISERABLY!

And I still think that they should start boycotting all of those companies . . . they can join the Amish and start growin' their own food and weavin' their own cloth. They can't buy an American made car, can't buy a house unless it is with a Freddie Mac loan and then only from a select few mortgage brokers. In most of California they can't buy electricity or gas (from PG&E). . . they'll bury themselves in their own hatred.

Posted by: Dick Mills | Jul 10, 2008 5:18:21 PM

Pepsi, Coke, Dell, HP, Adobe, wow, they're screwed every where they look. No PDFs, no yahoo, msn, or google. No WaMu, Citibank, Chase, Capital One, Mastercard, American Express...wow.

Posted by: Jason D | Jul 10, 2008 9:04:59 PM

Please, PLEASE let him announce a boycott of them ALL. Show the whackadoodles just how pointless this fight is, induce a sense of inevitability.

Posted by: | Jul 10, 2008 10:12:29 PM

Let's hope the Peter LaBarbera calls for a boycott of all of these companies. After all, these conservative Christian groups should not be supporting the 'homosexual agenda' in any way, shape or form. Next they will have to start travelling by horse and buggy--unless of course Ford and General Motors still make those as well...

Posted by: Kevin Kaatz | Jul 10, 2008 10:26:06 PM

I just want to point out that the list he provided are the companies that are pro-homosexual. Maybe everyone should actually pay attention to what is written.

Posted by: Meg | Jul 11, 2008 10:31:05 AM

Uhm..right, Meg. That's the whole point of the post.

Posted by: G-A-Y | Jul 11, 2008 11:08:43 AM

MEG GRIFFIN??? LOL

Of course - this is the list of companies our favorite pornographer wants people to boycott; and this useful list also details the companies homosexuals and their friends should support.

Which means either heterosexuals and homosexuals can BOTH enjoy Coca-Cola, or ya'll can do like my aunt in the early 80's, and flip off the news camera when asked about her opinion of "new Coke".

Posted by: Scott | Jul 11, 2008 12:14:59 PM

I was pleasantly surprised to find out that I already patronized many of the companies. I generally selected them because they have a superior product and excellent customer service. This gives pause to ask: perhaps a company that that values all of its employees reaps the rewards of that good will in good products and committed employees. Companies that base their business on discrimination also reap what they sow in terms of lack of commitment of their employees.

Posted by: Ed | Jul 11, 2008 12:18:30 PM

Well, not only will they have to go back to horse and buggies, the women will have to go back to doing their laundry and dishes by hand since Whirlpool Corp also owns the Estate, Roper, KitchenAid, Maytag, Ammana, and Jenn-Air brands of appliances.

Posted by: Don | Jul 11, 2008 3:35:35 PM

So, are we ready to forgive Coors?

Posted by: Kate | Jul 12, 2008 12:35:14 AM

Starbucks is listed here, Caribou is not.

I guess I just solved my epic "Where-to-go-for-coffee-in-the-station-when-the-train-is-delayed-and-I-can't-get-to-my-regular-joint?" dilemma. Thanks, Pete!

Posted by: Andy | Jul 12, 2008 12:39:36 AM

And to think Starbucks bowed down to the fundies a while back, and discontinued a disposable cup quote by a lesbian author, or something to that effect.

I say they bring that one cup back, and include a couple more GLBT-author quotes. If "christians" aren't supposed to be buying Starbucks to begin with, then why is Starbucks playing by their rules?

Posted by: Scott | Jul 12, 2008 1:20:40 PM

I thought it was a quote by Armistead Maupin?

Posted by: Chris | Jul 14, 2008 5:02:13 PM

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