Is Amazon really LGBTQ friendly?
Amazon has achieved a perfect score in the last Corporate Equality Index by HRC thanks to its own policies and benefits promoting inclusion of their LGBTQ+ employees. The company has also spoken publicly on multiple occasions in support of legislation protecting LGBTQ individuals. However, over the last 3 years alone, Amazon has donated almost half a million dollars supporting the campaigns of anti-gay politicians at the federal and state level across the whole country.
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Does Amazon offer LGBTQ friendly benefits to its employees?
Amazon has strong and inclusive benefits offering for US Employees.
Health Insurance and other benefits are equivalent when it comes to their coverage of spouses or domestic partners for different-sex and same-sex couples.
At Amazon Transgender individuals are offered equal health coverage, including medically necessary care.
Equivalency in same- and different-sex spousal medical and soft benefits
Equivalency in same- and different-sex domestic partner medical and soft benefits
Equal health coverage for transgender individuals without exclusion for medically necessary care
Does Amazon have inclusive workforce protections?
Amazon has inclusive workforce protections, with policies that include both sexual orientation and gender identity & expression for all operations
Policy includes sexual orientation for all operations
Policy includes gender identity or expression for all operations
Does Amazon have an LGBTQ inclusive culture?
Amazon has shown sustained commitment to diversity through several initiatives like training for new hires and employees, executives performance tied to diversity goals, and policies that support an inclusive culture around gender identity and self expression.
Amazon has employee groups and/or diversity councils within the company to support LGBTQ employees, and has several programs around hiring, supplier selection, marketing, and philanthropy to support LBBTQ individuals, causes, and organizations.
Three Distinct Efforts of Outreach or Engagement to Broader LGBTQ Community
Employee group –or– Diversity council
Three LGBTQ Internal Training and Education Best Practices
LGBTQ Corporate Social Responsibility
Political Contributions & Involvement
Major Companies Are Going All In for Pride Month While Also Supporting Anti-LGBTQ+ Legislators
As part of the project, Data for Progress released a detailed list of Fortune 500 companies’ donations to anti-LGBTQ+ politicians from 2019 to March 2022. The report found that Toyota, AT&T, and Comcast donated the most to anti-LGBTQ+ political campaigns, donating about $601k, $307k, and $121k, respectively. Other companies on the list include Amazon, Microsoft, State Farm, and Budweiser.
by Now This News
These companies publicly oppose anti-LGBTQ+ bills. Some also fund lawmakers who sponsor them.
Lawmakers in 6 states with a high number of anti-LGBTQ+ bills received hundreds of thousands from major companies in the 2020 and 2022 election cycles.
by The 19th
Amazon, Starbucks among corporations bolstering abortion coverage
Several corporations including Amazon and Starbucks have announced expanded health benefits to pay for travel fees incurred by workers seeking an abortion if the procedure is unavailable near where they live, as employees in states like Oklahoma and South Dakota face the prospect of stronger abortion restrictions.
by ABC News
Rubio Targets Citi, Amazon With Bill on Abortion-Travel Benefits
Senator Marco Rubio is sending a message to Amazon Inc., The Walt Disney Co., Citigroup Inc.and other U.S. companies that have vowed to pay travel costs for their employees to access abortion services or gender-affirming care for their children: Republicans want to make it more expensive.
by Bloomberg Tax
Amazon Dropped by Seattle Pride Parade Over Political Donations
In 2022, Seattle Pride will not allow Amazon to fund LGBTQ pride activities. The Seattle-based group, which hosts pride events and engages in other campaigning, announced Tuesday that it would “part ways” with Amazon
Amazon reclassifies anti-Trans book by anti-LGBTQ+ Daily Wire pundit
‘Johnny the Walrus’ compares the gender identities of trans youth to a young boy who imagines he is a walrus
by Los Angeles Blade
These 25 rainbow flag-waving corporations donated more than $10 million to anti-gay politicians in the last two years
This month, corporations are plastering their social media avatars with rainbows, sponsoring Pride parades, and declaring their unwavering commitment to the LGBTQ community. Many of these companies, however, are spending millions supporting the campaigns of anti-gay politicians at the federal and state level.
by Popular Information
More than 400 businesses back LGBTQ rights act
Apple, PepsiCo, General Motors, Delta Airlines and Amazon are among the companies that have signed on to support the federal Equality Act.
by NBC News
Amazon, Delta, Pfizer and Tesla among companies backing LGBTQ bill
Amazon, Delta Air Lines, Pfizer and Tesla are among the more than 400 corporations supporting civil rights legislation for LGBTQ people, according to the Human Rights Campaign.
by CBS News
Human Rights Campaign Responds to Arkansas Legislature’s Override of Gov. Hutchinson’s Veto of Anti-Transgender Medical Care Ban
by Human Rights Campaign
Game firms acknowledged by Human Rights Campaign for LGBTQ inclusivity
Microsoft, Sony, Apple, Activision Blizzard, and EA among those earning perfect scores in 2021 Corporate Equality Index
by Games Industry
See report on Human Rights Campaign on Amazon
Amazon has earned top marks in Human Rights Campaign's 2021 Corporate Equality Index
by Human Rights Campaign