The Two Gay Geeks received this press release from One Community in Phoenix letting us know that Arizona Public Service (APS) has just signed their Unity pledge which guarantees the company will support equality for all Arizonans. This is a big step for any company and one that is welcomed in Arizona.
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APS signs ONE Community’s UNITY Pledge in support of equal treatment in employment, housing and public accommodations
(Phoenix, AZ) – Arizona Public Service Company (APS) has signed the UNITY Pledge in support of full inclusion and equality in employment, housing, and public accommodations for all Arizonans, including gay and transgender people. APS joins more than 20,000 individuals and over 3,200 businesses including PetSmart, AMR, American Airlines, the Arizona Diamondbacks, Fry’s Food Stores, and GoDaddy in supporting a fully inclusive Arizona.
Currently, five Arizona cities have ordinances that ban discrimination; however, Arizona has no statewide laws that protect people from being fired based on their sexual orientation or gender identity or discriminated against in housing and public accommodations.
“APS is committed to fostering an environment that recognizes our employees’ unique needs and celebrates the value of diverse perspectives,” said Jeff Guldner, President of APS. “Signing the UNITY Pledge is an extension of an APS core value: Respect & Inclusion. We want all of our employees to know that we are proud to work alongside them and for the customers and communities we serve to know that we share the vision of a fully inclusive Arizona.”
“We are proud to welcome APS into the UNITY Pledge family are thankful for their recognition that all Arizonans deserve to be celebrated, respected and protected,” said ONE Community and ONE Community Foundation President and Co-Founder, Angela Hughey. “APS serves customers equally across Arizona, despite the fact that only five of our municipalities have equal protections. APS understands that we are all stronger when we are all treated with fairness and respect,” concluded Hughey.
Created by ONE Community, the member-based coalition of socially responsible businesses, organizations and individuals moving diversity, inclusion and equality for all Arizonans forward, the UNITY Pledge is a public declaration to support and advance workplace equality and non-discrimination policies in housing and public accommodations for all Arizonans, including gay and transgender Arizonans.
About ONE Community
Since our inception in 2008, ONE Community has evolved into the member-based coalition of socially responsible businesses, organizations and individuals moving diversity, inclusion and equality for all Arizonans forward. We are committed to reshaping Arizona’s image through educating, empowering and connecting our diverse LGBTQ and allied communities on the benefits of inclusion and its direct impact on attracting and retaining top talent and businesses—and thereby, ensuring our state’s economic sustainability.
About ONE Community Foundation
The ONE Community Foundation is committed to diversity, inclusion and equality for all Arizonans. We are committed to reshaping Arizona’s image through educating, empowering and connecting our diverse LGBTQ and allied communities on the benefits of respecting, protecting, and celebrating all who live in our great state.