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Should Companies Actively Recruit LGBT People?

A Dow executive says companies benefit from the diversity LGBT people bring.

Dow’s Larry Ryan has long supported LGBT rights but the issue became personal when his son came out as gay.

The Texas Legislature is in special session, and one item legislators are considering is a bill that would keep transgender high school students from using the bathroom that corresponds with their gender identity.

It comes at a time where more businesses are taking a pro-LGBT stance.

That includes the Dow Chemical Company, which has long had an LGBT employee resource group.

Dow’s business president for energy and water solutions Larry Ryan is active in that group here in Houston.

His son recently came out as gay, and he says it’s important companies do their best to include LGBT employees.

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Florian Martin

Florian Martin

Business Reporter

Florian Martin is currently the News 88.7 business reporter. Florian’s stories can frequently be heard on other public radio stations throughout Texas and on NPR nationwide. Some of them have earned him awards from Texas AP Broadcasters and the Houston Press Club. Florian is a native of Germany. His studies...

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