Carnival Corporation Earns Perfect Score in Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index

MIAMI, Dec. 5, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Carnival Corporation & plc (NYSE/LSE: CCL; NYSE: CUK), the world’s largest leisure travel company, today announced that it has been recognized by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) with a perfect score in the Corporate Equality Index (CEI), which rates U.S. companies on their treatment of LGBTQ consumers, investors and employees.

This is also the third consecutive year that HRC – the largest LGBTQ civil rights organization in the U.S. – named Carnival Corporation among the top companies and recognized it as a best place to work for LGBTQ equality, acknowledging the company’s efforts to be fully inclusive.

“A perfect score from the HRC is a major achievement and reflects our efforts to promote a positive work environment that respects people from all walks of life,” said Jerry Montgomery, chief human resources officer for Carnival Corporation. “To be recognized by the largest LGBTQ civil rights organization in the country underscores that our commitment to creating an inclusive and welcoming company has never been stronger.”

Carnival Corporation’s 2020 sustainability goals include a commitment to building a diverse and inclusive workforce and providing all employees with a positive work environment and opportunities to build a rewarding career to further drive employee engagement.

The company has also shown its support of LGBTQ equality and inclusion through:  

  • Offering welcoming environments with LGBTQ cruises, onboard activities and special events, including hosting the 2015 Director’s Circle Summer Luncheon for the Seattle Men’s and Women’s choruses on Holland America Line;
  • Participating in the Florida Businesses for a Competitive Workforce coalition to end LGBTQ discrimination in the state’s businesses; and
  • Partnering with equal opportunity champions such as the Human Rights Campaign

“At Carnival Corporation, all of our 10 cruise line brands have unique cultures that reflect the diversity of their employees, guests and suppliers,” said Montgomery. “Our ability to be competitive, foster innovation and thrive globally is in part a result of our diversity and our belief that diversity of thinking plays an important role in our success and passion to provide our guests with great cruise vacations.”

Available online, the CEI has been the nation’s preeminent benchmarking tool for LGBTQ equality in the workplace since 2002. This year, the top score was awarded on the basis of detailed criteria in five key categories: non-discrimination policies, employment benefits, public commitment to LGBTQ equality, responsible corporate citizenship and demonstrated organizational competency and accountability around LGBTQ diversity and inclusion.

Facebookers Go Red To Support Marriage Equality | TechCrunch

Notice a little extra red in the blue sea of Facebook the past couple of days?

That’s a new picture shared by the Human Rights Campaign, an advocacy group for LGBT individuals and their allies, which is being used to show support for marriage equality.

Proposition 8, which outlaws same-sex marriages in California, has moved in front of the Supreme Court for review. During this crucial time, Facebook users are finding a way to show support through the social network by sharing this photo and adding it as a profile picture.

The photo is a new take on the HRC’s usual yellow and navy logo, turned red and white to represent love.

Here’s what the HRC said when it shared the photo:

Make sure you wear red to show your support for marriage equality. And make your Facebook profile red too!

The photo has been shared over 65,000 times since being uploaded yesterday morning, and has garnered almost 20,000 likes.

But the HRC isn’t the only spreading the love of equality. Popular gay celebrities Ellen Degeneresand Lance Bass (formerly of Nsync and an attempted space mission) both changed their profile pictures yesterday to show support. Ellen’s new pic has over 60,000 likes, and Lance’s whole Facebook page is dedicated to fighting for marriage equality.

To top it all off, Facebook’s official resource page for LGBT individuals, has also joined in by changing its profile picture to the red equality image.

This isn’t the first time we’ve seen political activism take place on social media — SOPA/PIPA, cell phone unlocking, and Arab Spring uprisings all come to mind. This also marks a growing trend of this particular debate, around marriage equality, going down on Facebook. Remember Chick-Fil-A appreciation day?

If you want to show your support for the striking down of Proposition 8, inching a group of minority Americans closer to the equality they have been promised, go ahead and

change your profile photo to the one above.

And if that doesn’t feel like enough, the HRC has an online petition here..

via Facebookers Go Red To Support Marriage Equality | TechCrunch.

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Brad Pitt Donates 100000 To Marriage Equality Campaign | E! Online

“It’s unbelievable to me that people’s lives and relationships are literally being voted on in a matter of days,” Pitt wrote in an email sent to HRC members and posted on the HRC website. “In Maine, Maryland, Minnesota and Washington, voters will go to the polls to decide if gay and lesbian couples—our friends and neighbors—are worthy of the same protections as everyone else. But that’s the system we have and I’m not going to back down from the fight of loving and committed couples to have the ability to marry.”

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Comprehensive survey of congressional positions on marriage equality released – Boston Spirit Magazine – Boston.com

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) has released a Comprehensive Survey of Congressional Positions on Marriage Equality.

Among both the House and Senate, 181 members support marriage equality (34 percent). 234 have made statements against (44 percent) and 122 have an unclear or unknown position (23 percent). 36 Senators and 145 Representatives support marriage equality with 52 Senators and 182 Representatives opposed.

All 100 Senators, 431 sitting Representatives and 6 Delegates were asked whether or not they agreed with this statement: “Gay and lesbian couples should not be denied the ability to pledge their love and commitment through the civil institution of marriage. I believe that two committed adults of the same sex should be able to receive a government-issued marriage license, while religious institutions retain their right to determine which marriages they will perform.”

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Professor Stands By Biased Gay Parenting Study | Advocate.com

A University of Texas professor is standing by his recently published study questioning the abilities of gay and lesbian couples as parents.

Professor Mark Regnerus sought to examine whether there is a difference between growing up with a gay parent as opposed to other forms of family structures. Several have blasted his research, including the American Psychological Association, which has even submitted briefs for court cases, citing that “lesbian and gay parents are as likely as heterosexual parents to provide supportive and healthy environments for their children.”

Additionally, a joint press release by the Human Rights Campaign, Freedom to Marry, Family Equality Council, and the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation said Regnerus is a right-wing author, and that his study was biased in part because it was funded with $695,000 from the antigay Witherspoon Institute and $90,000 from the Bradley Foundation. Activist organization Truth Wins Out has launched a campaign calling for the University to investigate the study.

via Professor Stands By Biased Gay Parenting Study | Advocate.com.

Washington insider Chad Griffin to lead gay rights lobby as new president of Human Rights Campaign – ContraCostaTimes.com

WASHINGTON D.C. – Chad Griffin, a leader in the fight against California’s ban on same-sex marriage, will take the reins of the nation’s largest gay and lesbian lobbying organization on Monday.

Griffin will be sworn in as president of the Human Rights Campaign, just days after a federal court refused to reconsider its ruling overturning California’s ban, a development that likely will bring the matter before the U.S. Supreme Court.

The 38-year-old former White House press aide is expected to bring aggressiveness and independence to an organization that some gay and lesbian activists have faulted for being too cautious and beholden to the Democratic Party.

Though Griffin lost the fight to defeat Prop. 8, he is credited with crafting an effective message and soliciting established lawyers from opposite ends of the political spectrum – including President George W. Bush’s solicitor general Theodore Olson – to challenge it in court.

“Chad coming on board of the HRC now is a really perfect timing,” said Kate Kendell, the executive director of the San Francisco-based National Center for Lesbian Rights. “The country is definitely shifting in term of its receptivity to supporting the right of same-sex couples to love and marry.”

via Washington insider Chad Griffin to lead gay rights lobby as new president of Human Rights Campaign – ContraCostaTimes.com.

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Growing Up LGBT In America: HRC Survey Polls 10,000 Gay Youth On Bullying And Education Issues

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth are twice as likely to say they have been physically assaulted, kicked or shoved at school. Ninety-two percent say they hear negative messages about being LGBT through school, the Internet and peers, while 42 percent say the community they live in is not accepting of LGBT people.

Those are just three of the more disturbing statistics unveiled by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) as part of its “Growing Up LGBT In America” survey, released to coincide with the start of the advocacy group’s incoming president Chad Griffin’s tenure.

HRC officials have deemed the survey — which polled more than 10,000 LGBT youth between the ages of 13 and 17 years old around the country — “groundbreaking,” though acknowledging that it “provides a stark picture of the difficulties they face — the impact on their well-being is profound.”

On a more optimistic note, however, officials also note that “these youth are quite resilient. They find safe havens among their peers, online and in their schools.”

In a statement cited by MetroWeekly among other publications, Griffin noted, “We have a responsibility to change that, because we know all too well that there are real life consequences to inaction.”

You can view the full report here.

Growing Up LGBT In America: HRC Survey Polls 10,000 Gay Youth On Bullying And Education Issues.