(Above L-R: Angelica Ross, Founder and Executive Director of TranTech Social Enterprises, and Deena Fidas, Director, Workplace Equality Program at the Human Rights Campaign)

For the eighth year in a row, Time Warner earned a score of 100% on the 2015 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), an annual survey by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC). And recently HRC held its CEI Awards and Reception event at Time Warner Center in New York City (see photos below).

Companies honored as the “Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality” scored 100 on HRC’s 2015 CEI, a national survey of the LGBT-inclusive policies at Fortune 500 companies and the nation’s largest law firms. The most recent survey found that one-third of Fortune 500 companies now offer trans-inclusive health care, up from zero in 2002 when the CEI was first published. Gender identity is now part of non-discrimination policies at 66 percent of those companies, up from 3 percent in 2002.

Deena Fidas, Director of the Workplace Equality Program at the Human Rights Campaign, opened the program, telling the audience that a phenomenal 366 businesses earned a 100% rating for the 2015 list. The video below highlights some of the progress HRC has seen since it began the CEI.

Angelica Ross, Founder and Executive Director of TranTech Social Enterprises, shared her story of growing up as a transgender woman, and the hardships she faced at school, in the military, and in her career, and how she overcame them. Now a successful entrepreneur, Ross' company recently announced a partnership with MillerCoors – another company named one of the HRC’s Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality in 2015.

Photo Credit: Judy G. Rolfe