One of my core values, especially as the owner and operator of Universal IT Technologies, is diversity of thought. When I’m looking to bring on someone new, I’m looking at what they will bring to the table – their commitment, their skills, their work ethic, and that we all treat each other with kindness and respect. To fire someone or deny them a job simply because of who they are or who they love is bad for business because it excludes an entire pool of talented, hardworking people. It’s certainly not consistent with our American values of treating others as we would want to be treated.
Kindness isn’t that hard, and LGBTQ equality shouldn’t be a political issue – it’s a moral one. The Civil Rights Act was a milestone back in the ‘60s. And while it didn’t cure racism, it did set the tone for what was and was not acceptable behavior. It would be nice to not need laws in order to get people to treat others with dignity and respect, but that’s not reality.