Shook has signed the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) “Count Us In” Business Pledge against the recent upsurge in anti-LGBTQ+ legislation enacted across the country. Shook is in the initial class of more than 75 businesses taking the pledge to stand in solidarity with the LGBTQ+ community.
“Our community is experiencing the worst year on record for anti-LGBTQ+ legislation – over 250 bills,” stated HRC President Kelley Robinson. “Just as we know Pride Month means more than a rainbow logo, this group of businesses recognizes that the work of allyship doesn’t end on June 30th.”
By signing the Pledge, Shook is committing to:
- Be proud and public LGBTQ+ allies, calling on lawmakers to abandon any efforts to discriminate and reject anti-LGBTQ threats to company values of diversity, equity, and inclusion;
- Raise up honest and authentic experiences of LGBTQ+ Americans, including those of employees and customers in the transgender and non-binary community; and
- Ensure transgender and non-binary employees and their families have access to the health and medical care they need, where possible under the law.
Shook’s efforts to champion LGBTQ+ persons in the workplace and the community is also expressed in other targeted efforts including a dedicated LGBTQ+ Employee Resource Group (ERG), participation and support of LGBTQ+ national bar associations, and the firm’s Project Affirmation, a pro bono name change and gender marker amendment clinic serving the transgender community.
HRC is the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) civil rights advocacy organization. Shook has received recognition as a Best Place to Work with a 100% score for 14 consecutive years on HRC’s annual Corporate Equality Index, the highest rating given by HRC for LGBTQ+ equality in the workplace.