Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks during an Apple special event at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts on September 9, 2014 in Cupertino, California. Cook came out as gay last year.

Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks during an Apple special event at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts on September 9, 2014 in Cupertino, California. Cook came out as gay last year.

Despite new gay marriage equality rights nationwide, there remains no federal workplace discrimination protections for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Americans. About half of gays and lesbians are closeted at work. But hundreds of large firms are trying to change corporate culture and make commitments to gay rights. Now, 89 percent of Fortune 500 companies include sexual orientation in their non-discrimination policies. Diane and a panel of guests discuss equality in the workplace.

Guests

  • Deena Fidas director, workplace equality program, Human Rights Campaign Foundation
  • Mitchell Gold co-founder, Mitchell Gold and Bob Williams home furnishings company. He is also the author of "Crisis: 40 Stories Revealing the Personal, Social, and Religious Pain and Trauma of Growing Up Gay in America."
  • Christie Smith regional managing director in the West region of the United States, Deloitte. She is also the managing principal for the Deloitte University leadership Center for Inclusion.

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