Everyone enjoys ratting on the airlines (even celebrities), but it’s also good to point out when they do things right. And when it comes to gay rights and LGBT equality, many airlines are leading the way.

The Human Rights Council recently released their 2012 Corporate Equality Index, and as Examiner.com reports, the travel industry (at least in the United States) continues to lead in gay equality.

The top-ranking U.S. airlines for LGBT equality:

  • Alaska Air Group Inc. (Alaska Airlines/Horizon Air): 90
  • AMR Corp. (American Airlines): 100
  • Delta Air Lines: 90
  • JetBlue Airways Group: 90
  • Southwest Airlines Co.: 90
  • United Continental Holdings Inc.: 100
  • US Airways Group: 85
  • Virgin America: 90

Note that United Airlines received a 100 rating. Not sure whether to take that with a grain of salt, or if this little Thanksgiving incidence was just a fluke. Read: United Airlines Manager Faces Gay Slur Claim From San Diego Couple

About the Corporate Equality Index:

The annual index provides an in-depth analysis and rating of large U.S. employers and their policies and practices regarding lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees. It includes a list of the Best Places to Work. View past CEIs or more information on the HRC website: Corporate Equality Index 2012

View the 2012 CEI below:

On a personal note, I’ve always been a fan of airports & airlines. Probably stems from growing up so close to an airport. Literally and figuratively.