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Delta Has Always Had Strong Commitment to LGBT Community

Airlines & Airports | Delta Air Lines | Bobbi Dempsey | May 19, 2016

Delta Has Always Had Strong Commitment to LGBT Community

A longtime supporter of equal rights for the LGBT community, Delta Air Lines is continuing its commitment to this cause with sponsorship of a major initiative involving support for events all around the world.

Delta Air Lines is celebrating Pride Month this June, serving as the official airlines sponsors for a number of major Pride festivals in the U.S. and Canada.

This continues an ongoing tradition in which Delta plays an active role in supporting Pride events around the globe. Among the events Delta will back this year include NYC Pride, LA Pride, Utah Pride Festival, Motor City Pride, Seattle PrideFest, Twin Cities Pride, Atlanta Pride, and Pride Toronto. Every year, Delta serves as a key sponsor of the GLAAD Media Awards, and is a member of the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association as a Platinum partner. Delta is also a sponsor of GNETWORK 360 in Argentina and the Brazilian Association for GLS Tourism.  

These partnerships are just one of many ways in which Delta is showing its support for LGBT causes. The company has been recognized for help bringing attention to the Gay Men’s Health Crisis through tireless efforts spanning more than a decade.

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In addition, Delta has made it a priority to establish and enforce an atmosphere of diversity and inclusion, so all employees and passengers will feel a welcoming experience when interacting with anyone at all levels of the company.

The company has a number of policies supporting employees of all gender identities and sexual orientations, such as allowing employees in same-sex relationships to obtain health, dental, life insurance, pension and flight benefits for domestic partners. The have also updated their policies to cover any federal or state income or payroll tax burden associated with their coverage, becoming the first major airline to implement such a policy.  

Given that stance, it was likely no surprise that Delta publicly celebrated the landmark Supreme Court decision that found same-sex marriage bans to be unconstitutional. Company officials made a point of applauding the decision, taking the opportunity to reiterate Delta’s stance as a strong opponent of discriminatory practices. CEO Richard Anderson also further confirmed the company’s support of this event during a presentation he gave to 70 employees at an event organized by Delta Employee Equality Network.

Delta has been designated as one of the Human Rights Campaign’s (HRC) “Best Places To Work” for LGBT employees in 2010 and 2011, and has maintained a streak of near-perfect scores on HRC’s Corporate Equality Index ever since. Many company employees also participate in and support the efforts of DEEN, Delta’s Employee Equality Network.

Consistently recognized as one of the top LGBT-friendly airlines by a variety of popular travel websites and experts, Delta also promotes an assortment of exciting travel opportunities involving destinations that embrace and appeal to the LGBT community. The locations spotlighted by Delta include destinations around the world, including Amsterdam, Berlin, Boston, Dublin, London and Los Angeles.

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