Is HBO really LGBTQ friendly?

HBO is owned by AT&T

HBO is a strong supporter of LGBTQ rights, both in its workplace policies and in its public events and donations. The company offers a number of benefits to its LGBTQ employees, including domestic partner benefits and transgender-inclusive healthcare coverage. HBO also participates in and donates to a number of public events and organizations that support LGBTQ rights, and it has donated to politicians who support or don't support LGBTQ rights legislation.


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Does HBO offer LGBTQ friendly benefits to its employees?

HBO 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 HBO Transgender individuals are offered equal health coverage, including medically necessary care.

Equal health coverage for transgender individuals without exclusion for medically necessary care


Equivalency in same- and different-sex domestic partner medical and soft benefits


Equivalency in same- and different-sex spousal medical and soft benefits


Does HBO have an LGBTQ inclusive culture?

HBO 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.
HBO 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.

Employee group –or– Diversity council


Three LGBTQ Internal Training and Education Best Practices


LGBTQ Corporate Social Responsibility


Three Distinct Efforts of Outreach or Engagement to Broader LGBTQ Community


Does HBO have inclusive workforce protections?

HBO 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


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