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At United, we recognize, embrace and celebrate the differences that make our customers and employees unique. We’re committed to creating an inclusive work environment while contributing to the diverse communities we serve. As a part of this mission, we believe it’s important to support the LGBTQ community by upholding inclusive policies and practices, partnering with LGBTQ organizations, and hosting programs and engagement events to honor the LGBTQ community.
The partnerships we’ve established reflect our commitment to the communities we serve. These include:
- National Gay Pilots Association
- National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce
- Exclusive airline of Equality Illinois
- International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association
- Reaching Out MBA
Other notable partnerships include Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS in New York City, Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund in Washington, D.C., and Teen Living Programs in Chicago.
EQUAL, our LGBTQ business resource group
Our employees can become members of EQUAL, our inclusive business resource group that benefits lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and ally coworkers. With more than a thousand members, multiple chapters, and employees from every labor group, division and hub airport, EQUAL continues to develop and foster our many goals of diversity and inclusion.
EQUAL strives to offer philanthropic, educational and networking opportunities for its members to become more well-rounded individuals both at United and within the community. EQUAL hosts a number of networking, seminar and guest speaker series throughout the year and has featured individuals like Rocco Claps, former Director of the Illinois Department of Human Rights, and Aditi Hardikar, former Director of Public Engagement for the White House.
Throughout the year, we host and participate in events that allow us to support and give back to the LGBT community. During the month of June, we participate in pride celebrations and invite our employees and customers to march together in parades and attend festivals in cities around the world.
In October, we show our support for LGBTQ youth and take a stand against bullying by going purple for Spirit Day, a campaign hosted by GLAAD. We recognize the importance of Spirit Day in the press, on social media and with various celebrations and fundraisers.
Over the past few years, EQUAL has raised thousands of dollars in support of community organizations in both Chicago and Houston, and volunteered with organizations such as Teen Living, Upwardly Global and Spark and at various AIDS walks throughout the country.