Equality is our business
Equality is a fundamental right of every person. In our offices, our stores, and with our customers, we welcome diversity and embrace equality. Our efforts have been recognized by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), an American civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) equality.
In the wake of several anti-LGBTQ bills in 2015, we joined 40 companies to sign HRC’s Equality is Our Business Pledge to show that we stand for diversity and equal treatment of LGBTQ members in our workplace. We also joined nearly 100 major companies as part of HRC’s business coalition to endorse the Equality Act—a bill that would establish full federal equality for all
LGBTQ Americans. We supported the Why Marriage Matters Pennsylvania campaigns and celebrated the Supreme Court’s 2015 decision on marriage equality via our social media channels.
AEO has been a proud supporter of Pride Month (June) since 2013, and we stepped up our commitment in 2015 by partnering with InterPride, an international organization that elevates community participation in Pride events worldwide. InterPride’s vision is a world where there is full cultural, social, and legal equality for all. And we LOVE it.
In response to the tragic June 2016 shooting in Orlando, Florida, AEO made a $50,000 donation to PFLAG National, formerly known as Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays. PFLAG is a bipartisan organization that works to help create a more inclusive and understanding America through peer-to-peer support, education, and legislative and social advocacy.
We partnered with GLAAD to launch “Spirit Day” to end the bullying of all youth.
GLAAD SPIRIT DAY
We’ve partnered with GLAAD, the world’s leading LGBTQ media advocacy organization since 2013 to support “Spirit Day”, the world’s more visible antibullying campaign. We used our New York Times Square billboards to spread a message against bullying—an issue faced by many of our customers around the world.