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2020 Outie Awards

The “Outies” are awarded at the annual Out & Equal Workplace Summit. Outie Awards recognize individuals and organizations who are leaders in advancing equality for LGBTQ people in workplaces globally.

The deadline for Outie nominations is July 3, 2020.

Outie Award finalists are announced prior to the Workplace Summit. Winners will be revealed during Workplace Summit plenaries.

A selection committee determines the finalists based on nominations. Then an independent panel of business and community leaders decide the winners based on information and references provided for each finalist.

Out & Equal strongly encourages nominations of people of color, transgender and nonbinary people, people with disabilities, women, and other individuals who tend to be underrepresented in workplace leadership positions.

The 2020 Outie Categories:


Workplace Excellence

This is the most prestigious Outie. It recognizes an employer that has a historic and ongoing commitment to pursuing and executing workplace equality for LGBTQ employees in their workplace. This employer has a history of not only continually raising the bar of workplace equality for others to follow but also supports other organizations’ diversity and inclusion efforts as well through active knowledge sharing and peer organization mentoring

nominate a workplace

Belonging During COVID

This award recognizes an organization – company, federal agency or non-profit – that stepped up to the challenges of operating in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic by innovating to maintain and increase a sense of belonging for all employees.

nominate an organization

Employee Resource Group of the Year

This award recognizes a particular Employee Resource Group (ERG) that has a proven track record of success. A top contender will be an ERG that is continuously elevating diversity, implementing intersectional and collaborative programming with other ERGs, and advocating for LGBTQ equal rights in its workplace.

nominate an ERG

LGBTQ Corporate Advocate of the Year

This award recognizes an LGBTQ individual who is actively advocating to improve their organization’s inclusion efforts, pushing significant adoption of best/innovative practice, benefiting LGBTQ employees and advancing their organizations standing as a true leader in this work. Advocates are bold and are making a difference outside their workplace to drive change and equality in their community, their country, and the world.


Ally Changemaker

This award recognizes an Ally who has made a significant contribution to advancing LGBTQ workplace equality. This person is an action-oriented change maker. They uplift the voices of marginalized groups, have shown a unique commitment to LGBTQ workplace rights, and have used their talents to further that cause, even if at some risk.

Nominate a Changemaker

Global Workplace Excellence

This award recognizes an employer based in one of Out & Equal’s Global countries and/or regions of focus – Brazil, Latin America, China or India – that demonstrates a commitment to pursuing workplace equality for LGBTQ employees. This employer has a robust ERG, strong ally engagement, and visible executive champions.

nominate a workplace

New ERG Chapter of the Year

This award recognizes an Employee Resource Group (ERG) chapter that has been established within the last two years (the organization ERG can have existed longer than that but the chapter must be new). This award recognizes a new chapter that has made a bold impact at their company, federal agency, or non-profit in their first few years.


LGBTQ Marketing of the Year

This award recognizes an innovative effort by a company or ERG in their external marketing to speak to or about the LGBTQ community. Top contenders will be bravely authentic, widely distributed, or intersectional in their messaging.



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