HRC and I disagree. When I arrived in South Beach in 2010 I opened an account at the bank with the closest branch which happened to be Regions Bank. My personal world was upside down at the time. If I made any good decisions it was by accident.

Around 2012 (sounder of mind) I started to consider who I was doing business with as that pertained to equal employment opportunity for the LGBT community. I made several changes at the time and moved my accounts to a gay friendly bank. I wrote a snail mail to Regions CEO and received a polite, yet obtuse, reply.

Just in passing I am still letting Publix piss on me. I have consciously moved almost all of the hard and canned goods as well as soda, crackers, cereal rice and so on to Amazon Prime which I highly recommend. I am doing a bit more shopping at Whole Foods as well. But I digress.

Last Friday I received an email from Regions Bank. Presumably they are trying to woo back former customers. I responded:

I received a promotional email from your company. Presumably you are contacting former customers. The reason that I don’t do business with your bank is quite simple . You are not an equal opportunity employer with respect to LGBT individuals. Should that change please let me know.

This morning I received a reply from someone in Customer Service:

I apologize for any miscommunication regarding this matter. Regions launched a campaign in June 2015 announcing our support of the LGBT community. For more information on Regions culture please visit the link below:

Visiting that link, two things are apparent:

  1. There doesn’t seem to be any support for the LGBT community and;
  2. Using the FAQ on the right-hand frame, Region’s EEO policy remains the same.

It is the policy and practice of Regions Bank to provide equal employment for all employees and prospective employees without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.

Sexual orientation and gender identity seem to be missing. In locales where equal opportunity is most needed (and not “protected by law”) Regions is taking a pass. It is cowardice. A recent college graduate in Jackson, Mississippi or Montgomery, Alabama who happens to be gay doesn’t have a future at Regions and that is their loss.

I suspect, but cannot be sure, that Regions told employees that they were being more gay friendly without making any substantive policy change. Somehow they seem to have similarly convinced HRC which now gives them an 85. I will attend to that issue as soon as I click on “Publish.”

By David Cary Hart

Retired CEO. Formerly a W.E. Deming-trained quality-management consultant. Now just a cranky Jewish queer. Gay cis. He/Him/His.