As a sign of the times (read: the gay marriage tug-of-war), General Motors continues to do its part in recognizing the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgendered (LGBT) community and showing that GM has taken an approach that goes way beyond “one size fits all.”
In fact, General Motors goes on record stating, “Our commitment to LGBT diversity starts at the core of our company’s policies and extends out to the community. GM has a strong anti-discrimination policy that protects LGBT employees and we are also the only automotive company to support the Employment Non-Discrimination Act.” GM has been protecting the security of its LGBT workforce for over 10 years already and, since 2013, the company has offered domestic benefits to LGBT couples.
General Motors’ website Fastlane also touts the automaker as being the first to hold a drive event specifically targeting LGBT media ten years ago. Additionally, GM was the first auto company to create a video for the It Gets Better Project to help raise awareness about the bullying of LGBT teens.
General Motors’ Chief Diversity Officer since April 2012 has been Ken Barrett, CAPT U.S. Navy (retired), who spent 28 years in the U.S. Navy, including five years as the Navy’s diversity director, and a year as the Department of Defense Acting Director of Diversity Management and Equal Opportunity. With his leadership, GM will continue to be inclusive towards the LGBT community.