Timeline

1989

  • Microsoft is among the first companies to expand its nondiscrimination policy to include sexual orientation.


1993

  • GLEAM is launched with 12 members.
  • GLEAM is instrumental in securing domestic partner benefits for GLBT employees. Microsoft was one of the first Fortune 500 companies to offer this benefit.


1999

  • GLEAM membership reaches 250 employees.


2001

  • The L.A. Gay and Lesbian Center awards Microsoft the Corporate Vision Award.

2003

  • Microsoft ranks number three on the Gay Financial Networks Top 50 Most Powerful and Gay-Friendly Public Companies in Corporate America.
  • Microsoft scores an 86 on the Human Rights Campaign's (HRC) Corporate Equality Index rating, the second-highest score.
  • Microsoft ranks on the list of the 22 Fortune and Forbes companies with HRC Corporate Equality Index ratings that endorsed the Employment Non-Discrimination Act.


2004

  • GLEAM membership reaches 700 employees.
  • GLEAM sponsors and attends the Out & Equal Workplace Summit.


2005

  • Microsoft announces the addition of partial coverage for transgender surgery (effective in 2006) to its existing coverage of other transgender-specific health benefits.
  • GLEAM is instrumental in adding gender identity and expression to the Microsoft Equal Employment Opportunity statement.
  • Microsoft scores 100 on the HRC Corporate Equality Index rating, the highest attainable score.
  • Microsoft is a Platinum Sponsor for the Seattle Pride celebration.


2006

  • Microsoft scores 100 on the HRC Corporate Equality Index rating for the second year.
  • Microsoft is listed in the HRC 2006 Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality.
  • Microsoft GLEAM wins the Out & Equal "Outie" award for Best Employee Resource Group of the Year.
  • Microsoft GLEAM receives the President's Award for corporate leadership from the Lifelong AIDS Alliance.


2007

  • Microsoft scores 100 on the HRC Corporate Equality Index rating for the third year.
  • Microsoft is listed in the HRC 2007 Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality.
  • Microsoft officially supports the U.S. Employment Non-Discrimination Act.
  • Charlene Strong speaks at Microsoft’s U.S. Coming Out Day celebration.


2008

  • Microsoft scores 100 on the HRC Corporate Equality Index rating for the fourth year.
  • Microsoft is listed in the HRC 2008 Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality.
  • Out Microsoft Transgender Executive, Megan Wallent, presents at the Out & Equal Workplace Summit.
  • Dan Savage speaks at Microsoft’s U.S. Coming Out Day celebration.


2009

  • Microsoft scores 100 on the HRC Corporate Equality Index rating for the fifth year.
  • Microsoft is listed in the HRC 2009 Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality.
  • Microsoft receives the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) Special Recognition Award.
  • Microsoft is a Silver Sponsor for the Seattle Pride celebration and a Platinum Sponsor for the Fargo, ND–Moorhead, MN, Pride festival.


2010

  • Microsoft scores 100 on the HRC Corporate Equality Index rating for the sixth year.
  • Microsoft is listed in the HRC 2010 Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality.


2011

  • Microsoft scores 100 on the HRC Corporate Equality Index rating for the seventh year.
  • Microsoft given the Out & Proud Corporate Counsel Award for its Legal and Corporate Affairs Department, National LGBT Bar Association.


2012

  • Microsoft scores 100 on the HRC Corporate Equality Index rating for the eighth year.
  • Awarded the Top Company for LGBT Equality from Work Life Matters magazine
  • Microsoft launches the GLEAM intern program, with over 50 intern members in the first summer.
  • Gleam Ally Program kick off with Ben Cohen, Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, England Rugby World Champion, and Founder and Chairman of The Ben Cohen StandUp Foundation


2013

  • Microsoft scores 100 on the HRC Corporate Equality Index rating for the ninth year.
  • Honored at the Lambda Legal Liberty Awards in NYC
  • Awarded the Legal 2013 Community Vision Award from the National LGBT Bar Association. Award was accepted by Greg McCurdy
  • GLEAM celebrates its 20th anniversary.In the past 20 years GLEAM has grown to represent approximately 2% of employees worldwide at Microsoft.
  • Microsoft is a Gold Sponsor of the Out for Undergraduate Technology Conference, a national event for aspiring LGBT student leaders interested in pursuing careers in technology
  • GLEAM’s intern program reaches 75 members in its second summer
  • GLEAM & Out for Undergrad: Microsoft participates in one of the leading College LGBT outreach programs in a market dominated by Silicon Valley tech companies
  • Relaunch of Gleam Women community to revitalize female member’s interest of the community and appointed new GLEAM female director
  • Launched GLEAM Ally Speaker Series with Zach Wahls, son of two lesbians and activist on behalf of LGBT equality
  • GLEAM supports 20 locations across the world for PRIDE, includingd London, NY, San Francisco, London, Ireland, Prague, Texas and Seattle.