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environment-friendly

Gay friendly

Gay-friendly refers to places, policies, people or institutions that actively seek to create an environment friendly towards LGBT people. This is typically a late 20th century North American term that was the byproduct of both a gradual implementation of gay rights and acceptance of policies supportive of LGBT people in the workplace and in schools, as well as the recognition of gays and lesbians as a distinct consumer groups for businesses. Cities that are known worldwide as being gay-friendly include San Francisco, Sydney, Tel Aviv and Berlin amongst others.

Many businesses now identify as gay-friendly, allowing for a more diversified employee and customer base. The Human Rights Campaign works to achieve equality for gays, lesbians and other and publishes a list of companies in relation to issues concerning LGBT people. Companies who are noted for gay-friendly work environments include Dell Inc. and Coca-Cola Company. Companies such as R Family Vacations, Ginch Gonch and Egotour and numerous others offer niche products and services for gay customers. Studies have shown that LGBT communities tends to favor gay-friendly businesses, even if the cost of a particular product or service is higher.

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