Insurance giant MetLife will be honored
by gay rights group Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and
Gays (PFLAG) at their annual gala in New York City.
MetLife will receive the group's 2011
Straight for Equality in Business award on Monday, March 14 as part
third annual Straight for Equality Awards Gala to be held at the
Marriott Marquis Times Square.
“MetLife is clearly a leader in
workplace diversity and inclusion across all dimensions, but to us,
their commitment to achieving equality for LGBT people – and
empowering straight allies to do this important work – made them a
natural choice for the 2011 award,” said Jody M. Huckaby, executive
director of PFLAG National.
“Simply put, MetLife walks its talk,
demonstrated time and again through their internal policies, external
practices and corporate philanthropy,” he added.
“PFLAG National has been a great
partner in helping MetLife educate associates about how straight
allies can be supportive of LGBT people at work, at home and in their
communities,” said Lynne DiStasio, vice president and chief
diversity officer at MetLife.
MetLife has earned a perfect score on
the Human Rights Campaign's Corporate Equality Index – a measure of
a company's support for LGBT workers – for eight years running.