Out & Equal Workplace Advocates Announce The 2012 Outie Award Winners

    Out & Equal Workplace Advocates Announce The 2012 Outie Award Winners

PR Newswire

BALTIMORE, Nov. 2, 2012

Leaders in the LGBT workplace equality movement awarded for accomplishments

BALTIMORE, Nov. 2, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --Five silver 'Outie'
statuettes were bestowed upon Outie Award winners this week, while attendees
from around the world gathered at the 14^th annual Out & Equal Workplace
Summit in Baltimore, Maryland.

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) employees and allies, along with
human resources and diversity professionals, many representing Fortune 500
companies, attended the Out & Equal Workplace Summit. The Summit is the
leading LGBT professional development conference, equipping attendees with the
tools, resources and connections to create equitable and inclusive workplaces
for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people. Individuals and
companies are nominated for their demonstrated leadership and diversity
programs, which help build workplace cultures of inclusion and equity for LGBT

The winners were chosen from a competitive slate of nominees and voted on by
an independent panel of experts from companies and nonprofits that set the
standard for LGBT workplace equality.The award winners represent the people
and companies who are changing the face of our culture by working to end LGBT
discrimination in the workplace.

The 2012 Out & Equal Outie Award winners are:

The Trailblazer Award recognizes an LGBT person who has made a significant
contribution to advancing workplace equality by helping improve their own
workplace or contributing to equality nationally. The Trailblazer Award was
given to Lance Freedman, Lockheed Martin.

Lance Freedman rallied Lockheed Martin's LGBT employee resource group, LGBTs
and Allies, to transform a traditional "don't ask, don't tell" workplace
culture for 120,000 people into a fully LGBT-inclusive workplace years before
the federal government dismantled the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy. Lance
gathered and groomed an army of advocates across the corporation, coordinated
their help to fund and deliver an impressive LGBT Leadership Forum and the
defense industry's first ever "It Gets Better" video, which Lance himself led.
Lance played central roles assisting Lockheed Martin to establish LGBT
non-profit sponsorships, recruitment at LGBT career fairs, support to LGBT
Veterans, five LGBT ERGs, and policy changes ranging from non-discrimination
to gender transition.

The Champion Award recognizes a non-LGBT person who has played a pivotal role
in advancing equal treatment of LGBT employees on the job. This individual
will have demonstrated a significant commitment to LGBT workplace rights. The
Champion Award was given to Harry van Dorenmalen, IBM.

Harry van Dorenmalen, Chair of IBM Europe, created a structure within IBM to
drive progress on LGBT issues and started numerous initiatives leading to
significant improvements both within IBM and in the broader business and LGBT
communities outside IBM. 
He enabled, supported, and ensured that IBM
executive management teams in all European countries have included LGBT
equality and inclusion on their agendas. 
Harry regularly speaks about IBM's
priorities supporting diversity and LGBT inclusion at external LGBT events and
gives interviews to the media on LGBT topics. 
Harry encourages and empowers
others to show leadership and to make change happen. He is a terrific
advocate, an inspirational leader, and a true straight ally.

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Employee Resource Group of the Year
Award recognizes a particular ERG, sometimes referred to as a business group
or network, with an exemplary track record of leadership in advocating for
LGBT equal rights over the past year. The LGBT ERG of the Year Award was given
to OutServe (U.S. Department of Defense).

OutServe-SLDN—the association of actively serving LGBT military personnel—was
instrumental in overturning the discriminatory "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy,
which forced LGBT service members to make the difficult decision of being
fired for disclosing their identity, or remaining in the closet. OS-SLDN
provides free and direct legal assistance to service members and veterans
affected by the repealed "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" law and the prior regulatory
ban on open service, as well as those currently serving who may experience
harassment or discrimination. OutServe-SLDN represents more than six thousand
LGBT service members, making it the largest LGBT employee resource group in
the United States.

The Workplace Excellence Award recognizes an employer that has an ongoing
commitment to workplace equality, demonstrated by unquestioned leadership,
dedication and innovation on behalf of LGBT employees everywhere. The
Workplace Excellence Award was given to Google.

Google is a leader in establishing innovative policies that protect and affirm
LGBT people in the workplace. From providing transgender sensitivity training
to employees, to establishing some of the very best benefits for transgender
people in the world, Google has rightly earned its 100% Corporate Equality
Index rating. Recently, Google worked in conjunction with the It Gets Better
Project to create a national advertising campaign, profiling how the It Gets
Better project has helped thousands share their own stories on YouTube,
forever impacting the lives of at-risk LGBT youth. Externally, the company has
been a leader in empowering non-profit organizations to drive change in the
broader community and has publicly supported expanding LGBT rights at the
federal level, including filing amicus briefs to overturn the federal Defense
of Marriage Act.

Regional Affiliate of the Year
The Regional Affiliate of the Year honor is awarded to a regional affiliate
that has demonstrated commitment to the Out & Equal mission through
exceptional programming and sound organizational practices. The Regional
Affiliate of the Year award was given to the NY Fingerlakes Regional

The New York Fingerlakes Regional Affiliate has built impressive coalitions by
engaging local companies who are champions of workplace diversity. These
coalitions and partners provided the framework for the development of Out &
Equal's very first regional Workplace Summit in 2011. The Affiliate has also
developed a series of "Work it Out" events for college students to help
prepare them for job interviews, while providing a showcase for local
businesses to brand their companies as welcoming and affirming. The Affiliate
is a true leader in localizing the mission of Out & Equal in the New York
Fingerlakes region.

Out & Equal Workplace Advocates is committed to ending employment
discrimination for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender employees. We
believe that people should be judged by the work they do, not by their sexual
orientation or gender identity. Every day, we work to protect and empower
employees to be productive and successful—so they can support themselves,
their families, and contribute to achieving a world free of discrimination for

Contact: Teddy Witherington, CMO
Office: 415.694.6516
Mobile: 415.845.1206

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