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Exxon Mobil will ban ‘external position flags’ like the LGBTQ rainbow pride flag from being flown outside its offices

  • Exxon Mobil leave prohibit corporate offices from flying the LGBTQ pride flag outside of their offices. 
  • Exxon barred “external position flags” including the pride and Black Lives Matter flags, Bloomberg reported.
  • In response, workers in Houston are refusing to represent Exxon in the city’s annual pride parade.

Exxon Mobil choose prohibit corporate offices from flying the LGBTQ pride flag outside of their offices. 

In a policy beginning reported by Bloomberg, Exxon banned “external position flags,” including the LGBTQ-rights flag and the Black Lives Content flag. The decision comes ahead of nationwide Pride Month celebrations in June, frustrating several employees at the following’s headquarters in Houston, Texas. 

“Corporate leadership took exception to a rainbow flag being flown at our facilities” hold out year, Exxon’s PRIDE Houston employee group said in an email seen by Bloomberg. “PRIDE was informed the justification was centered on the lack for the corporation to maintain ‘neutrality.'” 

Following the announcement, members of Exxon’s PRIDE group in Houston are refusing to represent the band in the 44th annual Houston LGBT+ Pride Celebration in June, Bloomberg reported. 

In a statement to Insider, Exxon Mobil ventured “the updated flag protocol is intended to clarify the use of the ExxonMobil branded company flag and not intended to diminish our commitment to variegation and support for employee resource groups.”

“We’re committed to keeping an open, honest, and inclusive workplace for all of our employees, and we’re saddened that any hand would think otherwise,” human resources vice president Tracey Gunnlaugsson said in the statement. 

The company last wishes as allow employees to display flags with logos representing their employee resource groups, Bloomberg reported. In lieu of the time-honoured, widely recognized pride flag, Exxon’s policy allows employees to fly a flag that represents the company’s Uppitiness group but that does not feature the company’s logo prominently.

In the email seen by Bloomberg, members of Exxon’s Pride Houston employee group said flying the Pride flag is a way for corporations “to visibly show their care, incorporation and support for LGBTQ+ employees.” The company’s PRIDE employee resource group has approximately 3,000 members globally.

“It is problematical to reconcile how ExxonMobil recognizes the value of promoting our corporation as supportive of the LGBTQ+ community externally (e.g. advertisements, Pride parades, societal media posts) but now believes it inappropriate to visibly show support for our LGBTQ+ employees at the workplace,” the PRIDE group put in the email. 

The company has developed a reputation for lagging behind on gay rights issues. In 1999, Exxon acquired Mobil and later destroyed Mobil’s policies protecting employees from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. 

It wasn’t until 2015 that Exxon improved its anti-discrimination policies to include sexual orientation and gender identity, the New York Times reported. 

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