Every year, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) releases a buyer's guide to help consumers make LGBT-friendly shopping choices. Companies are ranked according to whether or not they have policies supporting LGBT employees, such as domestic partner benefits, anti-discrimination protections, diversity training, and trans-inclusive benefits.
The new 2010 HRC Buyer's Guide might be handy when choosing holiday gifts this year. For example, Barnes & Noble, Target, and GameStop all made perfect scores for LGBT equality. However, Wal-Mart, Office Depot, and Radio Shack scored low, and HRC recommends that consumers avoid spending money at those stores. Petsmart, Kohl's, and Williams-Sonoma were among a group of low-scoring companies that did not respond to HRC's request for information.
The guide includes other businessess, such as restaurants, pet food companies, and gas stations, as well. To download the free guide, go here.