Both talk and action

For the eighth consecutive year, we've earned 100 percent on the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index. And furthering our commitment to equality, we signed on to three business coalitions advancing LGBT rights in the workplace: Texas Competes, Kentucky Competitive Workforce Coalition, and Human Rights Campaign's Global Business Coalition.

Although same-sex marriage is now recognized as a constitutionally protected right in the United States, many forms of discrimination based on sexual orientation – as well as gender identity and gender expression – are still permissible. You could be "married on Sunday, fired on Monday," as advocacy organizations say. Many states have passed their own legislation to include these three protected categories in their non-discrimination statutes, but some, like Texas and Kentucky, have not. As we operate in these two states, it's important for us to voice that diversity and inclusion is not only the right approach – it's good for business.

At Hogan Lovells, we include sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression in our non-discrimination policies globally, although we operate in a number of countries where LGBT people face persecution. Transgender people face violence daily, even in countries that appear more LGBT-friendly, like the United States and the United Kingdom.

Signing on to the HRC Global Business Coalition allows us to leverage our strength as a global firm to advance diversity and inclusion worldwide. We are involved in a similar initiative in the UK, the Stonewall Global Champions Initiative.

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