At the 2014 GLSEN Respect Awards in New York City, I had the great honor of accepting GLSEN’s Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion Award on behalf of AT&T. The award reflects a long standing commitment by AT&T to the LGBT community and to diversity and inclusion as a whole.

In 2004, the GLSEN Respect Awards were introduced to honor those individuals and institutions that stand up and stand out in extraordinary ways to support GLSEN’s vision of a world in which every child learns to accept and respect all people, regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity or expression.



In honoring AT&T, GLSEN focused on our 138-year history of inclusion and the incorporation of diversity into our company’s culture that has produced technology and platforms for people from different backgrounds and places to connect anytime, anywhere. AT&T was the first major American corporation to adopt a policy prohibiting discrimination against employees based on sexual orientation in 1975. League at AT&T (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Allies Employees at AT&T) is the oldest LGBT Employee Research Group (ERG) in the country, founded in 1987. Our commitment to promoting the diverse culture of AT&T is one of the core reasons that we are viewed as a great workplace, business partner and member of the communities we serve, and is a central facet of our corporate culture and business success.

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