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HRC's 'State of the Workplace' report

It’s hot off of the press — Human Rights Campaign has released the 2005-2006 The State of the Workplace for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Americans, a document that tracks the progress we’re making.

When you look at the positive trajectory in the corporate sphere, it really underscores how lame our national Dem leadership is on equality. They need to use these statistics to counter the endless, brain-dead, religion-infused bigotry.

* A majority of Fortune 500 companies, 253 (51 percent), offer domestic partner health insurance benefits. HRC notes that this is the first time it’s topped 50%.

* 430 (86 percent) of the organizations include sexual orientation in their non-discrimination policies

* 81 include gender identity and/or expression, marking a tenfold increase from 2001.

You can download the entire report here, as well as Joe Solmonese’s statement on it. He noted that 25 years ago, these workplace policies accommodating LGBT workers didn’t exist. The bigoted wingers would love to reverse this.

Certainly if corporate America values its LGBT employees, why can’t the sorry-ass Dems make the public case that LGBT taxpayers deserve equal protections and rights under the law at the state and federal levels?

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