• 3/75 AT&T Chairman John DeButts declares AT&T’s sexual orientation nondiscrimination policy in letter to the National Gay Task Force
  • 12/79 corporate EEO office sends “strong recommendation letter” to Bell System affiliate companies reconfirming commitment to sexual orientation nondiscrimination policy
  • 5/82 Lesbian and Gay Awareness (LGA) group forms at Bell Labs in Holmdel, NJ, with bylaws, charter, and regular meetings
  • 10/82 Lesbian and Gay Awareness group applies for Bell Labs recognition
  • 12/82 Lesbian and Gay Awareness group denied recognition by Bell Labs, but continues to function without company support or recognition
  • 10/83 LGA changes name to Lesbians and Gays in Telecommunications (LEGIT) as members are assigned to multiple post-AT&T-Divestiture companies; scope expands beyond company-specific issues in ensuing years
  • 1983? small electronic mailing list (allegra!gg) formed for lesbigay employees in and around Murray Hill, NJ
  • 9/86 LEGIT members hold first meeting with Bell Labs affirmative action managers
  • 12/86 LEGIT members hold meeting with Bell Labs AA counselors, employee counselors, and medical department
  • 6/87 LEAGUE-Denver began organizing
  • 11/87 LEAGUE-Denver ratified bylaws, becoming the first LEAGUE chapter
  • 1/88 allegra!gg e-mail list renamed to research!gg and expands participation
  • 4/88 anonymous article, “The Invisible Minority”, published in the CENTERpiece affirmative action newsletter at Indian Hill (IL)
  • 6/88 LEAGUE-Denver met with Denver Works executives and AA/EO counselors
  • 6/88 2 gay employees at Summit, NJ complain of discrimination, speak to Division office and AA committee; they are invited to form a group
  • 9/88 LEAGUE-Summit forms as recognized EEO group at Summit NJ
  • 9/88 Pilot of Brian McNaught workshop sponsored by Middletown, NJ Diversity Management Center
  • 10/88 article entitled “Gay at AT&T” published in the Division Affirmative Action newsletter at Summit, NJ
  • 4/89 informal network forms at Columbus Works and considers forming a chapter of LEAGUE; participants join gg e-mail list
  • 6/89 first Gay Awareness Week held at Summit, NJ
  • 6/89 members of LEAGUE-Columbus meet for first time over lunch and view Denver’s PFLAG video
  • 6/89 precursor of LEAGUE-South Jersey has table at Middletown and Lincroft Diversity Days
  • 7/89 LEAGUE-Columbus displays gay awareness posters on AA bulletin boards
  • 7/89 LEAGUE-Columbus members meet with AA Advisory Committee, which agreed to sponsor McNaught workshop and authorized LEAGUE to continue meeting
  • 7/89 LEAGUE-South Jersey adopts charter and applies for Bell Labs Club recognition; multiple “concerns” raised by BL Club Board members
  • 10/89 LEAGUE-Columbus begins weekly business meetings over lunch
  • 10/89 Columbus OH publication, “Alive!”, includes article “Gay Couples Fight for Equal Treatment”, including interview with AT&T employee
  • 11/89 BL Club Board approves LEAGUE-South Jersey in split vote
  • 12/89 LEAGUE-Columbus members designed the “safe place” magnet
  • 12/89 LEAGUE-Columbus distributed desk-to-desk flyer announcing LEAGUE’s existence and their first noon hour program. Contact person received much harassment
  • 1/90 LEAGUE-Columbus met with upper management of Columbus Works, who issued a memo of support reiterating the company EEO policy
  • 1/90 LEAGUE-North Jersey forms as outgrowth of LEAGUE-Summit
  • 3/90 LEAGUE member serves as panelist on Life Cycle Panel of prestigious Conference Board conference on Work and Family Policies in NYC
  • 3/90 LEAGUE publicizes the 15th anniversary of the company policy on sexual orientation via the AT&T newsgroups on the Netnews electronic bulletin board
  • 3/90 FOCUS Magazine prints 6-page article on company and employee initiatives related to AIDS
  • 4/90 six members of LEAGUE North Jersey meet with Anne Fritz, Manager of Corporate AA/EEO programs, for the first time and receive her support for LEAGUE
  • 4/90 FOCUS Magazine makes first reference to LEAGUE, in editorial response to letter from a lesbian employee (“name withheld by request”)
  • 6/90 Gay Awareness Week held at multiple Bell Labs locations
  • 6/90 Affirmatively Speaking, quarterly newsletter of Middletown NJ Diversity Management Center, includes lengthy article on lesbigay employees
  • 6/90 LEAGUE-Northern Illinois granted Bell Labs Club status
  • 7/90 Panel discussion from Conference Board Conference printed in their magazine mailed to human resources managers throughout America
  • 7/90 Bell Labs News prints full page article on LEAGUE and lesbigay employee issues
  • 7/90 LEAGUE member presents invited talk at the AT&T Human Resources Director’s Council, at the invitation of Anne Fritz
  • 8/90 LEAGUE-Northern Illinois granted EO group status and attained a seat on the Indian Hill AA Advisory Council
  • 8/90 Chicago subchapter of LEAGUE-Northern Illinois established
  • 8/90 research!gg mail list replaced by multiple league!X mailing lists as participation continues to grow rapidly
  • 8/90 Sandra Rovira, lesbian partner of a deceased AT&T employee, sues AT&T for a benefit available to legal spouses of deceased employees
  • 9/90 AT&T Central Florida Employee News publishes article announcing the formation of LEAGUE-Central Florida
  • 9/90 articles about gay employee groups, including LEAGUE, appear in Computing (Australia) and Computer Weekly (England)
  • 10/90 safe place magnets distributed to all management at all Bell Labs Indian Hill locations
  • 10/90 LEAGUE sends invited speakers to 2 meetings of the NPSO management team convened in Atlanta from around the country
  • 11/90 LEAGUE sends invited speaker to Orlando EO/AA conference of AT&T Technologies diversity counselors from around the country
  • 1/91 IH and NSC EO published policy adds sexual orientation and marital status at request of LEAGUE-Northern Illinois
  • 1/91 LEAGUE produces the “LEAGUE Family Album,” a collection of short autobiographical sketches of members, primarily those in long-term committed relationships, to help overcome society’s stereotypes
  • 1/91 LEAGUE members meet with corporate benefits managers to discuss domestic partnership benefits issues
  • 2/91 “Gay Pride Week” included in 1991 diversity calendar published in FOCUS Magazine
  • 2/91 article on LEAGUE-Metro DC appears in the Washington Blade
  • 2/91 LEAGUE-NSC established as an ATTAC Club (AT&T Activities)
  • 4/91 article titled “Gay Rights, Issue of the 90’s” appears in the NY Times and discusses LEAGUE
  • 4/91 LEAGUE participates in ATTAC days at NSC
  • 6/91 Lesbian and Gay Awareness week at dozens of BL & corporate locations
  • 6/91 Lesbian & Gay Awareness Week calendar pulled from Bell Labs News at last minute due to external anti-gay pressure campaign
  • 6/91 article titled “Out of the Closet” appears in “PJ – Personnel Journal” and discusses LEAGUE and Gay Awareness Week
  • 8/91 LEAGUE-Massachusetts holds first meeting
  • 9/91 LEAGUE member participates as panelist at first national Invisible Diversity Conference in NYC; a dozen AT&T employees and diversity managers attend the conference
  • 9/91 first display by a lesbian/gay bookstore in the cafeteria of the Network Software Center in Lisle IL
  • 10/91 LEAGUE-Columbus hands out lots of safe place magnets and cookies at the AA Fair
  • 11/91 Bell Labs News includes LEAGUE and anti-gay harassment in multipage article on Diversity
  • 11/91 number of subscribers to league!X email lists exceeds 300 mark
  • 11/91 LEAGUE-Atlanta holds first meeting
  • 12/91 LEAGUE members meet with Hal Burlingame and Anne Fritz to discuss the management relocation plan as it applies to non-traditional families
  • 12/91 AP Wire Service article on the gay market mentions LEAGUE
  • 12/91 cover article in Fortune Magazine mentions “gay-employee group” at AT&T and talks about McNaught Homophobia Workshop at AT&T
  • 12/91 LEAGUE-Northern Illinois participates as one of 8 groups at first Diversity Day at Indian Hill
  • 12/91 LEAGUE-Dallas forms, becoming the 15th national LEAGUE chapter
  • 2/92 first AT&T-wide LEAGUE conference in Orlando, FL
  • 2/92 Orlando Sentinel has article covering the LEAGUE conference
  • 3/92 column in Time Magazine references “gay employee organizations ‘at companies ranging from AT&T to Xerox'”
  • 3/92 LEAGUE-Upper MidWest holds first meeting
  • 1/96 LEAGUE splits into three groups
  • 4/96 LEAGUE at LUCENT becomes EQUAL! at Lucent Technologies
  • 5/96 last joint LEAGUE conference in Chicago, IL