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ExxonMobil Shareholders Reject LGBT Employment Protections


ExxonMobil shareholders have once again rejected a proposal to add gay and transgender employees to the Irving-based corporation’s nondiscrimination policy, the Dallas Voice reports:

Meeting at the Meyerson Symphony Center in the Dallas Arts District, the ExxonMobil shareholders voted 80 percent to 20 percent against a resolution asking the corporation to amend “its written equal employment opportunity policy to explicitly prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity and to substantially implement the policy.” The 80-20 margin of defeat was one of the largest in recent memory for the proposal, which has been introduced each year since Mobil and Exxon merged in 1999. The percentage of shareholders voting for the policy had increased steadily over the years to about 40 percent, before dropping off significantly after gender identity was added in 2008.

Mobil was one of the first companies in the world to include sexual orientation in its nondiscrimination policy and offer benefits to the same-sex partners of gay employees. But ExxonMobil rescinded those policies after the merger.

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  1. yet another reason to hate this company

    Posted by: GraphicJack | May 30, 2012 1:09:08 PM

  2. With all the other brands of gas out there I am not forced to buy from ExxonMobil and I will be doing that.

    Posted by: lk | May 30, 2012 1:11:44 PM

  3. I've been considering purchasing an electric vehicle for a variety of reasons, one of which is to limit business with companies that discriminate against us. This news pretty much seals the deal.

    Posted by: peterparker | May 30, 2012 1:13:05 PM

  4. Outliers.

    Nice to see how progressive and up-to-the-minute ExxonMobil really is.

    What's next, remove all women from traditionally male jobs?

    Posted by: Sean in Dallas | May 30, 2012 1:16:21 PM

  5. Just one little correction or addition to the Dallas Voice story, Mobil wasn't one of the first companies in the world to offer DPB... several companies led the way in the late 80's and early 1990's. Mobil wasn't even the first in the oil & gas industry to add sexual orientation to non-discrimination policies or offer DPB's. Chevron was first on both counts. (Followed by Shell, then Mobil.)

    Posted by: Mike in Houston | May 30, 2012 1:22:42 PM

  6. Phew! At least, the One Million Bigoty Moms still have a place to fill up their minivans on their way to Chick Fil A!

    Posted by: doug | May 30, 2012 1:28:35 PM

  7. wait....you mean the earth-polluting, war-creating, fact-denying folks of Big Oil don't support LGBT Equality?

    next you'll be telling me that Harvey Fierstein is gay......

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | May 30, 2012 1:43:16 PM

  8. The failure of gays to successfully boycott Exxon is a disgrace.
    How hard can it be to drive to another gas station ?

    Posted by: Patrick ONeill | May 30, 2012 1:44:14 PM

  9. LOL@ Doug...So true my friend, so true!!

    Posted by: GLAW2014 | May 30, 2012 1:44:47 PM

  10. Well I know I haven't used Exxon in a few years and have no plans on ever doing so, Patrick. But I agree that the lack of knowledge on the discriminatory nature of Exxon's company is a terrible thing, there needs to be more awareness brought on this by LGBTQ organizations, and we all need to tell our friends and loved ones.

    Exxon has long been known as a very conservative company in general in terms of business, with conservative executives. Conservative=anti-gay. Sad, but unsurprising.

    Posted by: Francis | May 30, 2012 2:23:11 PM

  11. @LittleKiwi,

    What? Harvey Fierstein is gay?

    Posted by: Phoenix Justice | May 30, 2012 2:29:47 PM

  12. That's fine. I don't even notice they exist. Haven't bought anything from them in about a decade. Still won't.

    Posted by: Randy | May 30, 2012 2:37:00 PM

  13. An 80-20 margin is scandalous. May the boycott go from strength to strength.

    Posted by: Leroy Laflamme | May 30, 2012 2:38:48 PM

  14. Don't buy ExxonMobil gasoline or auto products. Boycott them. Eventually, they'll get the message. Remember, that a majority of the shareholders are conservative institutional investors but once profits go down in the U.S., they'll maybe reconsider their stance. I returned an ExxonMobil card I had, but never used, cut up into tiny pieces with a message "NO to bigotry!"

    Posted by: jamal49 | May 30, 2012 3:12:10 PM

  15. Who are the major shareholders in Exxon? They are the only ones who can change this situation. Direct your protests at them.

    Posted by: Swiminbuff | May 30, 2012 3:53:33 PM

  16. Exxon, Mobil, and Esso. Completely on the boycott list.

    Posted by: Dr. Verdon Coleman | May 30, 2012 4:02:02 PM

  17. I take small relief, that as an ExxonMobil employee in Canada, I can't be fired for being gay as the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation (amongst a slew of other things). It's time the US gov stand up and make sure that ALL people are protected by THe Bill of Rights.

    Posted by: CDNAttackbeaver | May 30, 2012 4:16:28 PM

  18. Most likely the gasoline you buy at an ExxonMobil station wasn’t drilled, refined, or transported by ExxonMobil. The economics of the industry don’t allow that luxury so most cities outside of the oil patch are supplied by one refinery serving all brands, and ExxonMobil owns very few gas stations --- most are owned by local or regional franchisees. But you can still make an impact because franchisees pay royalties to the brand for advertising and marketing; however, it’s very expensive for a franchisee to switch brands so a boycott would have to be extraordinarily painful to eventually impact the corporation. It would probably take a 5+ year boycott by 5% of the customer base to cause enough franchisee defections to cost the corporation and stockholders more than their homophobia is worth to them.

    Now, who do *I* boycott? The vile Koch brothers own and operate the one refinery (in Corpus Christi) that provides all the gasoline in most of central Texas --- through their own pipeline, of course. Only after it reaches the local terminal do the proprietary additives/detergents (and ethanol) get mixed-in and trucked to all of the gas stations of all brands. Maybe I should get a horse.

    Posted by: Anastasia Beaverhausen | May 30, 2012 4:22:24 PM

  19. You have only yourselves to blame. This is yet another case of the rights of gay people being sacrificed for the sake of including the 0.0001% of the population who are trans-gendered (and most of whom are--technically--heterosexuals).

    Read the article carefully and that is the only logical conclusion you can draw.

    Radical extremists pushing their "gender-non-conformity" ideology have largely destroyed a once-promising movement, which is why the losses keep piling up.

    Indeed, the only victories have been those in which the "T" was omitted from the language of the bill or resolution in question, such as DADT repeal.

    And millions of gay people will continue to suffer injustices because of your extremism.

    And no, it will not "get better" until you discard your intellectually bankrupt ideology and return the gay movement to what it is supposed to be and was for so long--a movement strictly about eradicating homophobia, not about destroying standards of masculinity. The former can succeed; the latter is--quite rightly--doomed to eternal failure.

    Posted by: Rick | May 30, 2012 4:53:49 PM

  20. You take every opportunity Rick, gotta give you that. Wrong but consistent

    Posted by: GeorgeM | May 30, 2012 5:09:09 PM

  21. "Don't buy ExxonMobil gasoline or auto products. Boycott them. Eventually, they'll get the message"

    Laughable. Exxon-Mobil is the biggest and usually the most profitable company in the world. Even if you could get the less than 5% of the US population that is gay to go along with it (and you would never get more than a fraction of those to do so), it would not even be noticed.

    If you want change in the social and corporate mainstream, then you need to make up your minds to behave as though you belong in the social and corporate mainstream. Until then, you will continue to be rejected and ignored and relegated to the margins of society.

    Simple as that.

    Posted by: Rick | May 30, 2012 5:10:23 PM

  22. More reason to stay the current course and call on congress to work on ENDA, Exxon should not have a say in the matter
    That's how we win, we force

    Posted by: GeorgeM | May 30, 2012 5:13:04 PM

  23. "More reason to stay the current course and call on congress to work on ENDA"

    ENDA would have passed by now if "gender identity" had not been added to the language of the bill. It will never pass until that wording is removed, not even with Democratic majorities in both Houses and a Democratic President.

    Posted by: Rick | May 30, 2012 5:23:22 PM

  24. whatever, I haven't bought that brand since they spilled oil all over Alaska.

    Posted by: John Simpson | May 30, 2012 5:47:21 PM

  25. ENDA wouldnt have passed anyway, to many believe it's an over step and I can admit that includes democrats to. we don't have a majority in either house at this point to pass just a "gay" protection bill. The T will always be a part of us good or bad.
    The way to real change is through law that was my point. It should never be an option to fire anyone for being lgbt in the USA. Exxon should be forced to give up that policy
    You and I are never going to see eye to eye on this. But your right to believe

    Posted by: GeorgeM | May 30, 2012 5:48:41 PM

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