This morning, Microsoft announced its support for The Equality Act, a comprehensive federal LGBT non-discrimination legislation.

“To create technology that empowers the world, we need to reflect the diversity of the world,” Microsoft said in a statement. “Supporting diversity, inclusiveness and equal treatment is not just good for business, it is also the right thing to do. That’s why we support the protections for LGBT Americans as outlined in The Equality Act.”

Microsoft joins a number of leading American corporations, including American Airlines, Facebook, Nike, General Mills, Google, Apple, The Dow Chemical Company, and Levi Strauss & Co, in support of federal LGBT non-discrimination protections.

Microsoft received a perfect 100 on HRC’s annual Corporate Equality Index (CEI), a nationally recognized benchmark of LGBT inclusion in the workplace, and was recognized on HRC’s list of Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality in 2015.

The Equality Act provides basic protections against discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity in employment, access to public spaces, housing, education, jury service, credit and federal funding. To learn more about The Equality Act, please visit

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