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Wal-Mart Adds Trans Protections To Employee Policies. Do We Have To Shop There Now?

Retail Goliath Wal-Mart has added transgender protections to its employee non-discrimination policy, reports the Windy City Times.

Phillip Keene, a Wal-Mart spokesperson, says the policy went into effect a few weeks ago and includes both gender identity and expression. Sexual orientation is already covered by the company’s “Discrimination and Harassment Prevention Policy.”

It’s a surprising turn for Wal-Mart, which has not been known to be a big friend to the LGBT community.

To wit:

*In 2008, Wal-Mart CEO Mike Duke signed a petition in his home state of Arkansas to prevent gays and lesbians from adopting.

*In 2009, a gay couple and their son were detained and harassed by Wal-Mart staffers who wrongly accused them of shoplifting.

*In 2010, an employee claimed he was demoted and forced to wear a yellow vest after he came out to a supervisor.

* The same year, dozens of Wal-Mart stores were found to be promoting a children’s book that suggested gay people could overcome their “sin” and convert to heterosexuality.

*The Stonewall Democratic Club of New York City and other activist groups have worked to keep the big-box retailer out of the Big Apple because of its alleged homophobia.

*This year, the company scored only a 40 on HRC’s Corporate Equality Index out of a possible 100.


Adding trans protections seems like a big step, no? So, do we applaud? Boycott? Order Chick-fil-a?

It was a lot easier when Big Gay just told us what do to.


By:           Dan Avery
On:           Sep 29, 2011
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    • Wies

      looks good on paper…

      Sep 29, 2011 at 7:31 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • JohJoh

      Grrr I despise Walmart! I worked there when I was in High School, and I seen the worst of the worst kind of customers there, and don’t get me started on the management! I handed in my resignation only after a mere four months of working there! I really hate that sick place with a passion!

      Sep 29, 2011 at 8:10 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Tigris

      This is good. I’ve suspected for a long time that many of the “women” working there are not what they purport to be.

      Sep 29, 2011 at 8:11 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Jay

      @Tigris hahahahaha

      Sep 30, 2011 at 12:06 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Queer Supremacist
      Queer Supremacist

      I wouldn’t shop there if they sponsored a gay pride parade.

      Look at the kind of provincial breeder rabble that shop there:


      Sep 30, 2011 at 12:53 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Ian Awesome
      Ian Awesome

      No. My mother worked for them for years and it is one of the WORST employers she has ever had the displeasure of encountering.

      Sep 30, 2011 at 7:57 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • jeff4justice

      Here’s a great interview about transgender youth:

      Sep 30, 2011 at 10:33 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • PilateError

      I know plenty of GLB that shop there and a few that work there without struggle. I’m not saying Wal Mart is a hero of the community, but I don’t think it’s a black or white issue regarding their community support…stay cautious.

      Oct 1, 2011 at 8:50 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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