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Leading LGBTI advocacy group opens Washington DC office

Leading LGBTI advocacy group opens Washington DC office

Out & Equal's CEO Selisse Berry

Fresh on the heels of its most recent Workplace Summit in Dallas last month, Out & Equal Workplace Advocates has announced that it has opened an east coast office in Washington DC.

The organization, formed in 1996, has until now been based from its headquarters in San Francisco.

The non-profit has expanded to include 22 regional affiliates and 10 global partners. It works with Fortune 1000 organizations to help them create, ‘safe and supportive work environments for their lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender employees,’ according to a statement on its website.

Last month it issued guidelines for companies on how to best provide support for trans staff.

It says that the expansion to Washington D.C. will allow it to engage more easily with federal government and federal agency partners.

Earlier this year, Out & Equal’s founder and CEO, Selisse Berry was one of those who participated in the first ever Washington hearing held by the US Commission on Civil Rights on LGBT protections in the workplace.

She will now oversee the east coast expansion.

‘Opening our office in Washington, D.C. will enable us to bolster our national and international efforts, continuing to leverage our long-standing relationships with multi-national companies to drive forward policies that ensure all LGBT people can be out AND equal at work,’ she said in a statement.