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Gay Qantas CEO talks marriage, diversity
Special to the online edition of Windy City Times
2015-05-05

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The out gay leader of one of Australia's biggest and most iconic companies says advocating for marriage equality helps support its diverse workforce, and also appeals to a broad costumer base, Same Same reported.

At a business leaders function that the Australian Marriage Equality campaign organized, Qantas CEO Alan Joyce said, "At Qantas, we call ourselves 'the spirit of Australia' and see ourselves as representing our community. ... As a gay man running the biggest iconic brand in the country, I believe Australia is a meritocracy. I don't know many countries in the world where you would say that happening—the national airline, this iconic Australian brand. … I'm Irish, and I'm gay, and I run this company."

He added, "At Qantas, we're all in unison with our support for marriage equality. It's very clear that we as a company have to appeal to a bound consumer base—and the broader consumer base supports this. A good company would get behind this, because it's good for your brand."

Joyce and his partner, Shane Lloyd, have been together 17 years.

Qantas Airways Limited is the flag carrier airline of Australia.

The original article is at www.samesame.com .au/news/12250/Qantas-CEO-Were-all-in-unison-on-marriage-equality .


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