In a major announcement today, AT&T went public as the first major U.S. corporation to condemn Russia's infamous anti-gay "propaganda" law.
With the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics only days away, AT&T answered the Human Rights Campaign's call to publicly stand with LGBT Russians, despite that fact that AT&T is not a corporate sponsor of the 2014 Winter Olympics.
“Today, AT&T courageously recommitted itself to fairness, equality and basic human rights," Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin said in a statement sent to The Huffington Post. "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, and we call on all Olympic Sponsors to follow AT&T’s lead and publicly denounce Russia’s anti-LGBT law.”
AT&T has a long-standing history of pro-LGBT support, having been the first telecommunications company to earn a perfect 100 percent on the Human Rights Campaign's Corporate Equality Index.
Head here to read AT&T's blog condemning Russia's anti-gay laws in full.