80 Best Companies for Bisexuals Named and Honored by the Bi Men Network

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The Bi Men Network honors the 80 best companies -- all major employers, Fortune 500 companies -- as the best for bisexuals worldwide. The Bi Men "Labor Day Honors List" is an annual round of awards made by the Bi Men Network to persons and organizations who have labored to make the world a better place for everyone.

While no major companies tally GLBT employees these 80 major employers provide warm, comfortable and inclusive work environments where GLBT employees can make their unique contributions. Diverse teams engender creativity - and creativity coupled with enthusiasm is a major edge in any field today.

This workers' holiday the Bi Men Network honors the 80 best companies - all major employers - Fortune 500 companies - as the best for bisexuals worldwide. The Bi Men "Labor Day Honors List" is an annual round of awards made by the Bi Men Network to persons and organizations who have labored to make the world a better place for everyone.

Last year the Bi Men Network honored 80 distinguished GLBT artists worldwide.

The Bi Men Network accepted nominations from its membership from past and present employees and suppliers of all nominated major companies. The Awards Committee vetted the nominees. All finalists have had outstanding workforce and supplier diversity programs in place. All the 80 Diversity Award winners announced today had high FORTUNE and Human Rights Campaign diversity rankings; had received other Diversity awards, honors, and public recognition; had GLBT employee groups and/or GLBT focus/marketing liaisons; and many of the Award winners have had to endure some form of backlash for their leadership regarding GLBT matters and GLBT concerns.

FORTUNE Magazine has long concluded that a diverse workforce is not just "the right thing to do" - it's a competitive advantage in today's global marketplace. These 80 companies do their best to make all members of their diverse workforces to be full participants in the challenges their companies face in today's highly competitive world markets. These 80 companies were found to provide a level playing field for all their employees in a noteworthy way.

The 80 DIVERSITY AWARD WINNERS all equally worthy - in alphabetical order are:

Abott Laboratories

Aetna, Inc

Agilent Technologies

American Airlines

American Express Co.

Apple Computer, Inc.

Avaya, Inc.

Bank of America

Barnes & Noble

Bausch & Lomb

Bell South Corp.

Best Buy Co., Inc.

Capital One

Cisco Systems

Citi Group, Inc.

Coca-Cola Enterprises

Coors Brewing Co.

Dell Computer

Deloitte & Touche

Delta Airlines

Electronic Data Systems

Fannie Mae

Federated Department Stores

Ford Motor Company

General Mills

Gillette Company

Goldman Sachs Groups

Google

Hartford Group

Hewlett-Packard

Hilton Hotels Corp.

Honeywell International

Hyatt Corporation

IBM

Intel Corporation

Intercontinental Hotels

KODAK

KPMG International

Kaiser Permanenente

JP Morgan/Chase

John Hancock Financial Services

Lehman Brothers

Levi Strauss & Co.

Lucent Technologies

Marriott International

Merck & Co., Inc.

Merrill Lynch & Co.

Met Life, Inc.

Microsoft

Morgan Stanley

Motorola, Inc.

NCR Corp.

NIKE

Nordstrom

Pfizer

P G & E Corp.

Pitney Bowes

Proctor & Gamble

Prudential Financial

Qualcomm

Q West Communications

Raytheon Company

SBC Communications

S. C. Johnson

Sears, Roebuck & Co

Shell Group

Starwood Hotels & Resorts

Sun Microsystems

Target Corporation

Texas Instruments, Inc.

Time Warner, Inc.

UPS

US Bancorp

Verizon

Viacom -

Visteon Corporation

Wachovia Corporation

Walt Disney Corp.

Washington Mutual

Wells Fargo

Xerox

Stewart McCloud, Founder & President of the Bi Men Network, said: "While no major companies tally GLBT employees these 80 major employers provide warm, comfortable and inclusive work environments where GLBT employees can make their unique contributions. Diverse teams engender creativity - and creativity coupled with enthusiasm is a major edge in any field today."

McCloud noted: "While bisexual employees often do not - if ever - come out publicly - we do thrive in any environment where we do not have to live out "lives of quiet desperation" - eliminating our needless fears, worries and anxieties that if our status as a sexual minority were known we would then be treated as outcasts and virtual pariahs".

Concluding McCloud reiterated: "Diversity is individuality. Each of us is unique and diverse workforces engender truly outstanding job performance and success on the job. The resulting SYNERGY - the synergistic effect - is that the end results and benefits to these diverse companies are far greater than the sum of the individual parts."

This year's Labor Day Honors List featured the 80 Best Companies for bisexuals with the Diversity Award from the Bi MEN.

The Bi Men Network is the world's largest social and support organization for bisexual men, bi-curious males, gay men, and bi couples. With over 1/4 million adult members on all six continents the Bi Men Network is the major bisexual-focus association on earth today and one of the 10 largest GLBT organizations worldwide as well.

The Bi Men Network website is in the top quintile of popular websites on earth and the #2 bisexual website on earth.

This is the first and only Diversity Award given by any bisexual organization to date. The Bi Men like to think of themselves as a major "B" in the GLBT equation globally. The Bi Men Network's motto is: "You are NOT alone!" - striving to ease the pain, loneliness and isolation of so many bisexual men worldwide.

Press/Public Contact:

Stewart McCloud, President /Awards Chair

Organization Names: BI MEN NETWORK & Bi & GAY MEN NETWORK

Phone: 562-983-3102

For more information:

http://www.prweb.com/releases/2005/8/prweb273858.htm
http://www.bimen.org/bimenwebawards.htm
http://www.bimen.org/mission.htm
http://www.bimen.org/BiMenMI.htm

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