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Business As Usual? How 8 Anti-Gay Companies Are Measuring Up

Wal-Mart and Exxon/Mobil


It’s a happy fact that the higher a company ranks on Fortune magazine’s list of the most successful businesses, the more likely it is to rank high on the HRC Index, with two major exceptions. Wal-Mart and Exxon/Mobil have traded the top spot on the Fortune 10 for the last several years, but neither offers domestic partner benefits. In spite of that, Wally World manages to earn a 60 on the Index with a limited prohibition of discrimination based on sexual orientation, among other criteria.


As for Exxon/Mobil? Try the only company to receive a negative score on the HRC Index — despite the fact that nine out of ten Fortune 10 companies prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation, six prohibit discrimination based on gender identity and eight provide partner health benefits. Exxon/Mobil chart their own course, we guess, like a tanker wandering aimlessly through Prince William Sound.

    • Cam

      I’ve seen two different instances where people at certain companies put in requests that food ordered for meetings NOT come from Chik Fil Et, as soon as they explained why it was done. Many of these meetings were for 30 people or more and took place more than once a week for different groups so a big loss for the local stores, And Emory University dumped the Chik Fil Et branch that was on their campus.

      So they can say things are going great, but it’s never good when you are being kicked off campuses and companies are telling employees that your food can’t be brought in for meetings.

      Jun 17, 2013 at 11:25 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • CleJoke

      A corporation buy it’s vary nature and construct is a SOULLESS creature. It’s the person that leads the corporation that has a soul to save or not save. Just have the board oust the leaders of these companies. Boycotting a soulless entity is just a waste of time.

      Jun 17, 2013 at 11:40 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • im2bused

      Domino’s has got to be the worst pizza in the world.

      Jun 17, 2013 at 11:54 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • greigetbd

      Actually you are mistaken about Urban Outfitters related to same sex partner benefits. I’ve been on Urban Outfitters benefit plans since 2007 as the same sex partner of an Urban employee. Great insurance for a very reasonable employee contribution.

      Jun 17, 2013 at 2:54 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Atomicrob

      Time for a National Exxon/Mobil Credit Card Cut-Up Day?

      Jun 17, 2013 at 3:07 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • car

      Actually you are mistaken…welcome to online blogging and the factless world of information. While do doubt, much of this is true, so much out there is nonsense. The fact is, people take this VERY seriously. I was in a an Urban Outfitter and in the back of mind, I”m thinking, “probably shouldn’t support this company with my dollars.” This is because somewhere in time, i read that they were not a gay-friendly company.
      In the event a company changes its policy, does that get reported. The point here is that this blog and a few others have enormous powers of persuasion, which should not get taken lightly.
      Contact griegetbd and get the facts; maybe I can shop Urban Outfitters afterall.

      Jun 17, 2013 at 4:00 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Thad1527

      It’s a shame about ExxonMobil. Before the merger, Mobil was one of the best companies for lesbian and gay employees; Exxon was always awful. Since the merger, I’m afraid the good Mobil attitudes were just tossed out.

      Jun 17, 2013 at 4:06 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • DBBromberg

      I think I lot of these places their attitude is local I do not shop at safeway because of being threatened by managers and district manager sticking up for a fat cow of a woman who felt that me a gay male, twice her age coming into the store being friendly to people, talking to people, being pleasant is harrassment.

      I see stuff all the time online, on here about Walmart? In my area the walmarts employees openly gay, lesbian, transgender people. I have asked them siting some of the information I had seen online and been told they have no complaints that the company is great to work for?

      Jun 17, 2013 at 4:18 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • hyhybt

      So… what’s with the “what do you think of this post” thing that only offers ONE OPTION?

      Jun 17, 2013 at 5:34 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Jerry12

      Keep updating the list so we never forget who NOT to give money to when there are so many other companies that do support equality for all.

      Jun 17, 2013 at 6:28 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • David in Houston

      @CleJoke: Boycotting is not a waste of time. Giving a company your money when you know they are discriminating against LGBT people would be repugnant. As much as I enjoyed a Chick-Fil-A sandwich and carrot raisin salad, they haven’t seen a dime of my money for years… and they never will again.

      Jun 17, 2013 at 6:55 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • SmartManbear

      This kind of article really pisses me off, as it’s obviously clickbait-trolling by the site admins when they bring up some companies who have mended their ways. If you’re posting a headline such as the one that is on this page, make sure the article lives up to the headline. Otherwise, this is just National Enquirer for queers.


      Jun 17, 2013 at 7:12 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Bronze Guy10

      I grew up in Atlanta in the 80s The founder Mr Cathy went to my church he help with contributions when it was built.I had a Chic-Fila sandwich every youth group meeting.I was even asked to do an internship at there main offices.The first time I ever saw an employment application this was 1982 the first thing it ask you is are you a Christian even thou I was baptized I was questioning my own sexuality at the time.I went home and thought about it and thought I didn’t want to work for a church.I also went to summer camp with children of Mr Cathy and I can tell you how many boys where having sex at a very young age with each other.My first Gsy excepreince was at this camp.And after high school and I started going to Gay clubs I was shocked to see how many people I knew from church.I personally know two gay males that own several Chic-Filas and they would never fire someone for being Gay

      Jun 17, 2013 at 8:39 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • rand503

      CFA is headed for a slow decline. With their strong identification with the religious right and against gays in general, it’s going to be difficult in the future to find new franchisees. Additionally, at corporate HQ, it’s going to be much harder to recruit qualified MBAs and other people they need to grow the company. Who would want to associate themselves with such a company? Religious extremists are very few in the upper ranks of highly qualified managers.

      So they will go in slow decline, I predict, as they make small errors, miss opportunities, and have generally mediocre management from top to bottom. The only people they can attract at this point are the strongly anti-gay people, which pretty much eliminates the whole next generation.

      I’m not worried — there are plenty of other fast food restaurants eager to steal their market share, and they will.

      Jun 17, 2013 at 9:12 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Avenger

      [email protected] slanted and subjective reporting. Chick-Fil-A’s business has not significantly suffered…in fact, their profit earnings have *increased* over the past year. I suspect if they hold another CFA appreciation day that it’ll probably be as much of a success as last years. Queerty is merely projecting. The general public as a whole isn’t anal retentive enough about gay issues to stop eating anywhere they previously enjoyed JUST BECAUSE the company isn’t a “friend” to the gay community.

      Jun 17, 2013 at 11:16 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Danny

      I think it is unfair to suggest that Walmart is anti-gay. Basically, they dump on ALL their employees. They are equal opportunity when it comes to treating their employees badly. It’s how they keep their prices lower than the competition, and their profits high. Well, besides buying their non-grocery items from places that employ slave labor, like China and Bangladesh.

      Jun 18, 2013 at 5:21 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Beachbum-Florida

      Why even mention Domino’s? Where have you QUEERTY people been for the last 15 years? The fact that Tom Monaghan sold Domino’s has been discussed in gay forums since the last century. Are you up to speed on the Coors boycott? Did you know that men no longer wear wing-collars and Derby hats? Japan signed the Instrument of Surrender aboard a battleship in Tokyo Bay. Bustles and hoopskirts are no longer in style for lesbians. Judy Garland is dead. The Berlin Wall was knocked down.

      Jun 18, 2013 at 6:53 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • zydezyde

      Boycott Chick-Fil-A! http://www.boycottchickfila.com

      Jun 19, 2013 at 11:26 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • BikerPup

      Both are total douchebag corporations and probably always will be.
      I buy nothing from either of them.

      Jun 20, 2013 at 1:47 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • ScaryRussianHeather

      At the same time you bash AWFUL mega corporations who have actually changed their policy, you post an article about Disney Gay Days with nothing more than a pictorial spread of guys in bathing suits.

      Disney has provided LGBT partner benefits since 1995. Good ignoring, Queerty.

      Jun 21, 2013 at 6:46 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • OutMaturity

      @Cam: I’m happy to read about those actions being taken. I wish my workplace would take such a stand, but alas it won’t!


      Jun 22, 2013 at 11:00 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • OutMaturity

      @David in Houston: Same here David in Houston!


      Jun 22, 2013 at 11:03 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • mcflyer54

      Walmart is an equal opportunity employer – they treat all of their employees the same and believe me that’s not a good thing in their case. These folks at WalMart treat employees, customers, suppliers, communities, etc., etc., etc., all like crap and yet they’re the wold’s largest retailer … go figure.

      Jul 9, 2013 at 5:34 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • mcflyer54

      @Beachbum-Florida: did you even bother to read past the word Domino’s? It clearly explains and acknowledges the changes in ownership and policy … this is an article about businesses with a history of, and continue, anti-gay behavior as well as those who have made changes. You might at least want to read something before you start ranting about it – it tends to make you look stupid.

      Jul 9, 2013 at 5:40 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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