BROOMFIELD, CO — June 24, 2020 — In celebration of LGBTQ+ Pride this month, technology leader CenturyLink took the bold and supportive step of replacing its company flag with the LGBTQ+ Pride flag at various office locations in the U.S. and Europe.
Replacing the company flag with the Pride flag is a first for the company, and it speaks to CenturyLink’s support of its LGBTQ+ employees, which are among its approximately 41,500 global workforce. The Pride flag was flown during the first week of June at CenturyLink offices in Broomfield, CO, Apopka, FL, Columbia, MO, Monroe, LA, Tulsa, OK, Amsterdam, Netherlands, and Basingstoke, U.K. The company has several Pride Employee Resource Group (ERG) chapters around the world with nearly 700 members.
“CenturyLink has proven that they value us as individuals, with unique voices and experiences that we bring to the business,” says Carl VanNixon, global chair of CenturyLink’s Pride ERG. “I find this sense of inclusion and belonging helps me come to work knowing I can make a difference while being my authentic self.”
CenturyLink also recently approved the voluntary use of gender inclusive pronouns in employee email signatures, and for years has offered gender-affirming health care benefits.
The company was recently named to Forbes’ list of “America’s Best Employers for Diversity,” and received a 100% rating on LGBTQ equality (Corporate Equality Index) from the Human Rights Campaign in 2019.
Photos of the Pride flag being flown at CenturyLink offices can be downloaded here.
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SOURCE: Tracey Lucas | CenturyLink | Lead Communications Manager