Diversity In The Skies

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For over a decade, American Airlines has been a pioneer in implementing fair-minded policies and practices for its LGBT customers and employees. The organization has consistently held the highest possible ranking (100) on the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index.

The airline remains the most gay-friendly of all U.S. airlines through its generous partnerships with the LGBT community. As well as its loyalty and respect for customers, employees and shareholders, the company maintains unflagging commitment to diversity.

George Carrancho, American’s National Sales & Marketing Manager for the LGBT Community states, “We know that all passengers have many choices when it comes to travel. We want your loyal business and we will work to earn it.”

American Airlines became the first major airline to implement same-sex domestic partner benefits which offers equal health and travel benefits to same-sex partners of LGBT employees.

Furthermore, they were the first major airline to implement both sexual orientation and gender identity into its workplace nondiscrimination policies.

The airline has even launched a dedicated LGBT-specific website complete with a comprehensive event calendar, consumer newsletter and booking engine: AA.com/rainbow.

Another element of the airline’s diversity policy is The Rainbow TeAAm, which consists of travel specialists working with gay and lesbian community groups and national organizations to expertly handle travel needs and benefits. In addition, the company is one of the leading corporate members of the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA)—the world’s leading gay and lesbian travel association.

John Tanzella, President and CEO of IGLTA says, “American Airlines is generous with too many gay organizations to count.” He continues, “With IGLTA specifically, they’ve been a platinum sponsor since 2006, providing financial support to our not-for-profit association and air discounts for our global membership to attend IGLTA conferences.”

Additionally, American Airlines is a founding corporate member of the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, as well as the first and only airline today to include LGBT-owned businesses in its supplier diversity program.


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