Strength in Diversity, Courage in Crisis

Our communities are stronger when all are welcome and when we uphold the values of dignity, equality, and respect. And it’s incumbent on all of us—especially those in positions of power, leadership, and privilege—to speak out against hate and bigotry in all its forms.

At Out & Equal, we’ve worked for 20 years with incredible partners in the business community to make work more welcome for LGBT people. But our commitment to inclusion and equality doesn’t stop at the office door. Together, we’re building a world where each of us can work, learn, live, and love without fear of discrimination, reprisals, or violence.


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In this moment of mourning and national outrage, condemning white supremacy, bigotry, and violence is a necessary act of leadership and an example for others to follow:

  • Kenneth C. Frazier, chairman and chief executive officer, Merck: “Our country’s strength stems from its diversity and the contributions made by men and women of different faiths, races, sexual orientations and political beliefs.”

  • Andrew Liveris, CEO, Dow Chemical: “I condemn the violence this weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia, and my thoughts and prayers are with those who lost loved ones and with the people of Virginia. In Dow there is no room for hatred, racism, or bigotry.”

  • Brian Krzanich, CEO, Intel: “I have already made clear my abhorrence at the recent hate-spawned violence in Charlottesville, and earlier today I called on all leaders to condemn the white supremacists and their ilk who marched and committed violence.”

  • Whirlpool Corporation: “Whirlpool Corp. believes strongly in an open and inclusive culture that respects people of all races and backgrounds. Our company has long fostered an environment of acceptance and tolerance in the workplace.”

Increasingly, business leaders have recognized the value of diversity and inclusion—in their companies and in our country. Together, we can build a safer, more just, and more equitable future.