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Out of the Shadows

Updated: Jan 8, 2021

Out of the Shadows: Risking Their Careers in the Name of Equality

In the early 1990s, a group of gay and lesbian employees at P&G in Cincinnati banded together to fight for equality in their workplace. It seemed like an impossible dream—while P&G was one of the first Fortune 500 companies to add “sexual orientation” to its EEO (equal employment opportunity) statement in 1992, the company’s leadership was conservative and fellow employees were openly homophobic. And, in 1993, Cincinnati passed Article XII, an amendment that prevented any laws aimed at protecting gays and lesbians. It was a hostile environment and a difficult time for employees to openly be themselves. Still, the group, which called itself GABLE, persisted. Slowly but surely, they found allies, educated their colleagues and won big victories—including benefits for domestic partners. Today, GABLE has 5,000 members in more than 50 countries, and P&G is one of the most LGBTQ-friendly companies in the world. Meet the pioneers who risked everything to change P&G’s corporate culture for the better.

This film is part of Great Big Story's Proud Channel.

Country: #USA

Spoken Language: #English

Language subtitles: #english_subs

Duration: 19:13 min

Image quality: #1080p

Genres: #documentary

Release year: 2018

Director: Mark E. Trent

Writer: -

Cast: Michael Chanak, Ed Offshack, Heidi Bruins Green, Delaine Adkins, Andi Adkins, Waldo Jeff, John Pepper, Scott E. Know, Charlotte Otto, Susan Arnold, Dick Antoine (all cast as themeselves)

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