United Airlines is living up to its slogan, "fly the friendly skies," with a new honor for their treatment of LGBT people, according to ABC News.
Work Life Matters named the carrier one of the Top Companies for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Equality for 2013. They were given the honor last week. The award, which is given out annually, honors companies in the United States that develop "programs and policies that support LGBT employees and promote workplace equality," according to a press release from the magazine.
"At United, we are committed to supporting the rich diversity of ideas and experiences that reflect all our customers and co-workers, and we are proud to receive this great recognition," Mike Bonds, the executive vice president for human resources and labor relations for United Airlines, said.
United Airlines passengers met the honor with enthusiasm.
"Both my husband and I are loyal United customers and Mileage Plus Gold members," Clay Williams, a frequent United flier, wrote on the airline's website. "It is important to us to do business with companies that treat their LGBT employees with dignity and respect.
"This award shows our loyalty to your airline is well-placed," Williams continued. "Congratulations, United!"
This award was just the latest award for United Airlines, who received an award earlier this year from Equality Illinois, who presented them the Business Leadership Award, the state's oldest and largest LGBT advocacy group. The carrier was also named a Best Place to Work by the Human Rights Campaign for the past five years consecutively, a group considered one of the most influential equal rights group for LGBT people.
"We are pleased to honor each of these leading firms for serving as corporate pioneers by supporting the advancement of LGBT equality within their own organizations, as well as to the community at large," Lori Sokol, the founder and publisher of Work Life Matters, said.
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