Employee Resource Group

Our impact is visible throughout Microsoft. We work to drive LGBT-friendly changes in company policies and the work environment, provide support and networking opportunities for our members, and promote activities within Microsoft that raise awareness about our LGBT community.

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Interesting Facts

  • Today GLEAM has over 2,000 members globally.
  • Every year GLEAM has a Pride presence in various locations around the globe celebrating workplace diversity.
  • Microsoft was one of the first companies with sexual orientation in its corporate nondiscrimination policy.

Who we are

GLEAM is the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) employee resource group at Microsoft.

GLEAM members interact through programs such as: Ignite talks, lunches, meetings with other LGBT groups, sports events, cultural activities, discussions with community leaders about gender and sexuality, volunteering, and fundraising for local LGBT support organizations.

Microsoft has been a pioneer in workplace diversity. In 1993, it was one of the first companies in the world to offer employee benefits to same-sex domestic partners. Comprehensive Transition Related Health benefits are also provided. The company achieved a 100 percent score on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation (HRC) 2015 Corporate Equality Index (CEI) – for the 9th consecutive year.

Areas of focus

  • Community

  • Strategy


Microsoft donates software, services, and equipment to numerous LGBT civil rights and service organizations, including the Greater Seattle Business Association – (GSBA) (the Northwest's LGBT Chamber of Commerce); and the HRC: Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN) Northwest.


GLEAM participates in many social and educational activities and partners with the LGBT community to promote participation in annual events, including:

  • Celebration events during LGBT Pride Month in various cities and countries
  • The Microsoft Day of Caring
  • Nationwide conferences, including the National Out & Equal Workplace Summit, Lesbian Who Tech Summit and UK Stonewall conference

Sponsorships and Partnerships

GLEAM participates in sponsorship funding of annual activities, including the Microsoft Giving Campaign, HRC National Dinner and GSBA Scholarship Dinner. GLEAM enters into partnerships with U.S. and international associations, nonprofit organizations, and special interest groups to increase LGBT awareness, drive joint objectives, and help organizations in need.


GLEAM's impact is visible throughout Microsoft. GLEAM works to drive LGBT-friendly changes in company policies and in the work environment by providing support and networking opportunities for its members, and promoting activities within Microsoft that raise awareness about the LGBT community.

Microsoft's corporate support for GLEAM comes in many forms, including senior leadership guidance, executive sponsorship, and resources to help drive programs, new policies, and event sponsorships. Microsoft has lobbied successfully to support inclusion initiatives and bills such as Washington State's same –sex marriage ballot initiative, and is a strong part of a coalition of businesses that support passage of the federal Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), which would provide basic protections against workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

GLEAM works within the Microsoft corporate environment on a number of initiatives and programs, including:

  • Diversity initiatives. GLEAM partners with Microsoft's executive leadership teams to define and implement corporate diversity initiatives companywide, such as the company's LGBT Pride Month celebration and LGBT-specific diversity training. GLEAM also provides consulting for product development groups.
  • Employee mentoring. The GLEAM board provides support and mentorship in career and personal growth for LGBT employees.
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