Standing up for LGBTQI+ justice and equity year round
At Microsoft, we introduced sexual orientation into our non-discrimination policies in 1989, and we’ve been driving LGBTQI+ inclusion ever since. In 1993, we began offering employee benefits for same-sex domestic partnerships—making us one of the first companies in the world to do so. We stood as a public supporter for marriage equality even before it became legal in the United States, and we continue to advocate for every type of family. Today, we operate in over 120 countries, most of which still don’t provide legal protections for LGBTQI+ individuals. Our drive for change continues.
LGBTQI+ communities represent a diverse group of people, whose identities vary and intersect across all dimensions. This Pride, as we navigate multiple crises around the globe—the coronavirus pandemic, systemic racism, targeted violence, and more—we are focusing on the role we can all play to create collective change around the issues that LGBTQI+ people care about most, including those issues often not recognized as LGBTQI+ specific but that impact us all. Together, we can make an impact for LGBTQI+ communities and beyond.
Working together to create change
Together with our employees, Microsoft has donated $2M+ to organizations that support the LGBTQI+ communities in the last year. Here’s a few other initiatives happening at Microsoft right now.
GLEAM, Global LGBTQI+ Employees and Allies at Microsoft, provides support, advocacy, networking opportunities, external outreach to community nonprofits, and education within Microsoft. GLEAM also actively helps to attract, retain, and develop LGBTQI+ people.
Most recently in the United States, we were one of the first to co-sign the Equality Act in 2015. Globally, we were among the first 15 companies to publicly support the UN Standards of Conduct for Business on Tackling Discrimination against LGBTI People.
In 2020, along with other grants and donations, we were among the first corporate donors to OutRight Action International’s COVID-19 Global LGBTIQ Emergency Fund, which has given microgrants to over 1,500 recipients in 131 countries—totaling more than $12 million.
Better workplace practices
We are partnering with leading researchers and companies to gather and share best practices on LGBTQI+ workplace inclusion. We then share these with our industry partners and at global forums with a hope to drive global change for more equity.
Our Pride shines worldwide
Pride at Microsoft is brought to you by real employees—LBGTQI+ people, allies, and advocates who work hard with a hope to drive more inclusion around the globe. Join in as we call for justice and equity. We believe, that by working together, we can bring about change for all.