June is Pride month. HereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s our annual round-up of some of the latest news and developments affecting the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community:
Equality Is: Allstate Insurance has announced a new marketing campaign aimed at the LGBT audience. The Denver Post reports that Allstate is offering its services in an online/social media campaign called Ã¢â‚¬Å“Equality IsÃ¢â‚¬ , tapping into what is widely regarded as aÃ‚ growing business segment.Ã‚ What does equality look like to you? Share a quote, image or video to add to the story on AllstateÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s interactive webpage. Better yet, get any insurance quote and Allstate will give $10 to the San Francisco LGBT Center or the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center.
Gay Rights Infographic: ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s well understood that the ever-changing legal landscape can affect both how you do business and which products you sell in a particular country or region. Gay rights laws in the U.S. vary from state to state. Ã‚ This cool infographic from the London Guardian shows how these laws affect the lives of LGBT people on a range of issues, including marriage, hospital visitation, adoption, employment, housing, hate crimes and school bullying.
Corporate equality: The list of insurers to score 100 percent in the Human Rights Campaign FoundationÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s 2012 Corporate Equality Index (CEI) based on their LGBT workplace policies, benefits and practices was shorter than prior years. ThatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s because HRC has raised the bar on its ratings criteria, now including a new metric that rewards companies that offer equal health coverage for transgender employees, including sexual reassignment surgery. Even so, some 190 corporations, including seven insurers, still received a 100 percent score on the significantly more stringent criteria. We postedÃ‚ more on theÃ‚ 2012Ã‚ CEIÃ‚ here.