NGLTF Statement On Texaco: ‘Make American Workplace Safe For All Workers’

November 14, 1996

The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force abhors the reported incidents of racial defamation and discrimination at the Texaco Corporation. The pain, humiliation and injustice of bigotry have no place in the boardroom or in the workplace.

NGLTF is well-familiar with how workplaces that stigmatize any class of employee create an unsafe environment that results in job discrimination, harassment or worse. The gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community has worked tirelessly over the years to end discrimination and make the American workplace safe for all people.

We call on the corporate leadership of Texaco to immediately investigate and reprimand employees, in particular executives, who engage in bigotry against workers. It is incumbent upon them, and the Texaco Board of Directors, to set an example that prejudice will not be tolerated at Texaco. We stand in solidarity with those in the African-American, women's rights, labor and other communities that are pushing corporate America to be more responsible when it comes to protecting the rights of all workers.

Currently, more than 300 companies, colleges, universities, municipalities and other employers have non-discrimination and/or domestic partnership benefits for gay and lesbian employees. NGLTF will continue to work on behalf of the rights of workers to earn a living and excel in their jobs free of intolerance and prejudice.


The mission of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force is to build the political power of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community from the ground up. We do this by training activists, organizing broad-based campaigns to defeat anti-LGBT referenda and advance pro-LGBT legislation, and by building the organizational capacity of our movement. Our Policy Institute, the movement’s premier think tank, provides research and policy analysis to support the struggle for complete equality and to counter right-wing lies. As part of a broader social justice movement, we work to create a nation that respects the diversity of human expression and identity and creates opportunity for all. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., we also have offices in New York City, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis and Cambridge.