09/29/2015 02:24 EDT | Updated 09/29/2016 05:12 EDT

Google, Coca-Cola Join Coalition Pushing For LGBT Workplace Rights Globally

A LGBT (Lesbians Gays Bisexuals and Transgenders) couple is silhouetted by their rainbow-colored symbol while waiting to march around the University of the Philippines campus in an annual event to draw the attention to their issues as gay rights and anti-discrimination Friday, Sept. 11, 2015 at suburban Quezon city northeast of Manila, Philippines. More than a hundred LGBTs joined the march which culminated in a concert.(AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
NEW YORK — A group of major global companies, including Google Inc., AT&T and Coca-Cola, are joining a coalition to push for gay rights in the workplace beyond the U.S. and Western Europe.

The Human Rights Campaign-led group will push for protections in the workplace globally, including in countries where LGBT individuals face legal discrimination or harassment. HRC officials say the organization is partly a response to developments in countries such as Russia and Uganda, where gay rights have been rolled back.

Corporate America has been cited as a force in the push for gay rights in the U.S., with some companies offering LGBT protections and same-sex partner benefits going back decades. Dozens of companies signed statements advocating for same-sex marriage when the issue to the Supreme Court earlier this year.


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