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Community Affairs & Grassroots Partnerships
The Southwest Airlines Community Affairs & Grassroots Team works tirelessly to build strong, mutually beneficial, strategic relationships. By fostering these true partnerships, the Company proves its commitment to People in diverse groups. In addition, Southwest Airlines demonstrates its dedication to maintaining the "hometown carrier" position in every one of our U.S. destinations.
Below is a sampling of some national, regional, and local community partnerships through which the Southwest Airlines Core Values strategically extend to benefit the Company and to support our Communities.
Cream City Foundation
Cream City Foundation was founded in 1982 and is celebrating more than 30 years of giving to LGBTQ+ communities. Cream City Foundation was originally spun-off from the Cream City Business Association, a Milwaukee based association of LGBTQ+ business owners formed to promote LGBTQ+ entrepreneurship and business support for LGBTQ+ communities. Initially begun with $500 in seed money, Cream City Foundation has grown to provide over $1,275,000 in grant dollars to many organizations and projects that are working to improve the quality of life for LGBTQ+ people. Learn more
Equality California is the nation’s largest statewide lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization dedicated to creating a fair and just society. Our mission is to achieve and maintain full and lasting equality, acceptance, and social justice for all people in our diverse LGBT communities, inside and outside of California. Our mission includes advancing the health and well-being of LGBT Californians through direct healthcare service advocacy and education. Through electoral, advocacy, education and mobilization programs, we strive to create a broad and diverse alliance of LGBT people, educators, government officials, communities of color and faith, labor, business, and social justice communities to achieve our goals. Learn more
GLAAD is dedicated to promoting and ensuring fair, accurate, and inclusive representation of people and events in the media as a means of eliminating homophobia and discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation. Southwest is the Preferred Airline for the GLAAD Media Awards in New York City, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.
GMCLA works to create equality for all by making music that is excellent, innovative, and reflective of the many cultures that together make Los Angeles great. GMCLA commissions new music and arrangements that contribute to the male choral repertoire, and constantly seeks out ways to attract new audiences to choral performance by fostering a blend of theatre, dance, and choral music. Using their unique experiences as gay men, they make music that reaches all people with a message of unity and that celebrates difference, rather than condemning it. GMCLA works in many settings to affect change, including the concert hall, theater, and schools, working collaboratively wherever possible to increase the impact of their work.
The Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada
The Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada, a community-based organization, supports and promotes activities directed at furthering the well-being, positive image, and human rights of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer community, its allies, and low to moderate income residents in Southern Nevada. Learn more
The Gay and Lesbian Victory Institute
The Gay & Lesbian Victory Institute works to achieve full equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people by building, supporting, and advancing a diverse network of LGBT public leaders. Learn more
The Human Rights Campaign
As the largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer Americans, the Human Rights Campaign represents a force of more than 1.5 million members and supporters nationwide — all committed to making HRC's vision a reality. HRC envisions a world where lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people are embraced as full members of society at home, at work and in every community. Learn more
MCC empowers their community, primarily gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender individuals and their families, to enjoy healthier and more fulfilling lives by providing culturally affirming and affordable behavioral health and preventive services. MCC envisions a healthier society marked by permanent, positive changes in attitudes and behaviors toward GLBT communities, and the ability of all GLBT individuals to realize their fullest potential. Lead by teams of state-licensed clinicians, masters-level therapists, and skilled educators, these professionals work diligently to create healthier futures for their clients. Our "beyond counseling" approach involves a continuum of care utilizing a combination of traditional therapy, outreach, education, peer support, advocacy, and case management to achieve the best possible outcomes.
The National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce
The National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) is a U.S. not-for-profit advocacy group that aims to expand the economic opportunities and advancement of the LGBT business community. Its headquarters is in NW in Washington, D.C. The group aims to act both as a national certification body for LGBT-owned businesses, and as advocates for LGBT supplier diversity. Learn more
North Texas GLBT Chamber of Commerce
Since 2005 the North Texas Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Chamber of Commerce has been the premier business organization for the GLBT community in north Texas. The Chamber is focused on the economic vitality of our area and the success of our members. It works to improve the economic vitality of our region and support the positive attributes of a diverse workplace, supply chain, and community. The Chamber brings together a diverse community of business people who offer a wide array of products, services, skills and expertise. By highlighting our shared goals and values we unite to maximize our individual assets. Learn more
Out & Equal is committed to creating safe and equitable workplace environments for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender employees. We believe that people should be judged by the work they do, not by their sexual orientation or gender identity. Every day, we work to protect and empower employees to be productive and successful—so they can support themselves, their families, and contribute to achieving a world free of discrimination for everyone. Learn more
Reaching Out MBA
Reaching Out MBA has a singular purpose to empower LGBT MBA students to become professionals who will lead the way to equality in business education, in the workplace, and throughout society. Learn more
The San Francisco LGBT Community Center
The mission of The San Francisco GLBT Community Center is to enhance and sustain the health and well-being of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and HIV communities by providing activities, programs, and services that create community, empower community members, provide essential resources, advocate for civil and human rights, and embrace, promote and support cultural diversity. Learn more