For a second year in a row, Borgata was proud to be a Silver Corporate Sponsor of the Greater Philadelphia Human Rights Campaign Gala. The 2017 event, which was held on February 25 at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, had a theme of “Equality Forward,” and featured a wide variety of speakers, a silent auction (with Borgata prizes), and a catered dinner.
“This is a pivotal moment in history,” according to the HRC. “Equality Forward is an opportunity to honor the legacy of our past, embrace the challenges and triumphs of our present, and advance the cause of justice to build a more inclusive and equitable future for all.”
At this year’s Greater Philadelphia HRC Gala, Broadway star and Tony Award-winning performer Billy Porter received the Visibility Award, and was present to give a rousing speech in support of the HRC’s numerous initiatives. Other presenters included Senator Bob Casey, singer Kimberly Locke, and comedienne Dana Goldberg.
Borgata is no stranger to HRC: we’ve been named a “Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality” for both 2016 and 2017 after scoring a perfect 100 on the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index, a benchmarking survey that rates an employer’s LGBT inclusivity. The CEI evaluates LGBT-related policies and practices including non-discrimination workplace protections, domestic partner benefits, transgender-inclusive health care benefits, competency programs, and public engagement with the LGBT community.
“Borgata is extremely proud to be named among the best places to work for LGBT equality for the second year,” said Tom Ballance, President & Chief Operating Officer for Borgata. “Honoring Borgata’s core values, this recognition demonstrates our commitment to supporting diversity and equal employment for all team members.”
Bryan Buttler has covered the Philadelphia-area LGBT beat for over two years, and also reviews theater, opera, and classical music. Along with his own writing, Bryan teaches communications at a local college. He lives in Center City Philadelphia. His favorite things at Borgata? The Water Club, the Pear Lychee Martini at Izakaya, and the Table Thai Massage. Follow Bryan on Twitter @bryanb82 and Instagram @bryanbuttler.