With marriage and its accompanying benefits unavailable to same-sex couples in most states, national companies choose whether or not to provide certain benefits to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered (LGBT) employees and their partners. Every fall since 2002, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) has released its Corporate Equality Index (CEI) with ratings of Fortune 500 companies (among other large national businesses) as they relate to LGBT employees.

HRC rated 615 businesses in 2011. The average score was 87%. (See the 2004 HRC ratings for comparison.) Ratings were based on partner benefits, respectful marketing, diversity training, and responsible citizenship, among other factors (see methodology 3.2 MB ). We labeled companies with a 100% rating "gay-friendly" and companies with a 0% rating "gay un-friendly."

I. 141 Fortune 500 "Gay-Friendly" Companies (100% on the HRC Index), 2011

II. 35 "Gay Un-Friendly" Fortune 500 Companies (0% on the HRC Index), 2011

Company Name Fortune 500 Rank City State
Exxon Mobil Corp. 2 Irving TX
International Assets Holding Corp. 49 Altamonte Springs FL
CHS Inc. 91 Inver Grove Heights MN
Plains All American Pipeline, L.P. 128 Houston TX
United Services Automobile Association 132 San Antonio TX
Community Health Systems Inc. 191 Franklin TN
KBR Inc. 193 Houston TX
Dollar General Corp. 195 Goodlettsville TN
Liberty Global Inc. 210 Englewood CO
Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. Inc. 247 Montvale NJ
Anadarko Petroleum 260 The Woodlands TX
Icahn Enterprises LP 290 New York NY
Huntsman Corp. 293 Salt Lake City UT
SYNNEX Corp. 294 Fremont CA
Family Dollar Stores 305 Matthews NC
Pilgrim's Pride Corporation 317 Pittsburg TX
Commercial Metals 327 Irving TX
WellCare Health Plans, Inc. 328 Tampa FL
Western Refining Inc. 330 El Paso TX
Global Partners Waltham 368 Waltham MA
Pantry Inc., The 382 Cary NC
Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. 388 Dallas TX
Cameron International Corp. 399 Houston TX
Tutor Perini Corp. 407 Sylmar CA
Auto-Owners Insurance Group 418 Lansing MI
Western & Southern Financial Group 420 Cincinnati OH
Universal American Corp. 425 Rye Brooke NY
SPX Corp. 427 Charlotte NC
Holly Corp. 431 Dallas TX
BlackRock 441 New York NY
W.R. Berkley 463 Greenwich CT
Dick's Sporting Goods, Inc. 466 Coraopolis PA
AbitibiBowater Inc. 472 Greenville SC
Frontier Oil Corp. 488 Houston TX
MDU Resources Group, Inc. 498 Bismarck ND

III. HRC Ratings of the Top 20 Fortune-Ranked Companies