With the 2014 Winter Olympics just a day away, the telecommunications giant and U.S. Olympic Committee sponsor AT&T has made a statement against the host country’s anti-gay laws. As reported by the Associated Press on Feb. 5, AT&T has become the first major sponsor to publicly speak out against the law.
As Coca-Cola, another major U.S. corporation sponsoring the Olympics in Sochi, has received criticism for their sponsorship, AT&T is denouncing the law as it pushes for equality globally. In a blog post released by the company, they labeled the anti-gay “propaganda” law signed by President Vladimir Putin as harmful to societal diversity.
“We support LGBT equality globally and we condemn violence, discrimination and harassment targeted against LGBT individuals everywhere.”
The key word in the post is “globally” as AT&T is making a statement as a support of equality not just in the United States, but also across the world.
The company is being applauded for the message it is sending. The Human Rights Campaign was one of the gay rights organizations to immediately recognize AT&T for their opposition the anti-gay laws.
AT&T should be recognized for showing true leadership in opposing this hateful Russian law and other sponsors that have failed to lead should take corrective action immediately. A company that claims to support LGBT equality should do so wherever it operates, not just in the United States.”
Top sponsors have indeed expressed opposition, but AT&T is the first to actually take action. Now that one major sponsor has spoken out, perhaps others will follow.
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