In 2012, the Allstate Network of Gay and Lesbian Employees and Supporters jumped at the opportunity to bring a prominent national LGBTQ advocate to Allstate to contribute to the dialogue about how to stop hate crimes. The speaker Judy Shepard, the mother of Matthew Shepard, a Wyoming college student murdered in 1998 because he was gay.
Shepard spoke to 800 attendees at Allstate's home office and in offices around the country, drawing parallels between hate crimes in the LGBTQ community and other communities throughout history and in the present day.
This type of event "brings the conversation about gay, lesbian and transgender out into the open," said Craig McClure, an ANGLES member.
ANGLES members felt encouraged that three other corporations in Chicago's north suburbs, as well as The Allstate Foundation, provided support to bring Shepard to campus. "Three to five years ago, this event probably never would have happened here," said Matthew Carter, president of ANGLES.
- Increased overall membership by 50%.
- Doubled their membership in Roanoke, Virginia and added new members in each of Allstate's 14 regions.
- Hosted an event explaining the business impact of any future changes to the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)
This ERG story appeared in the 2012 ERG Annual Report.