History

History

LEAGUE at AT&T was the first Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) employee resource group (ERG) established in corporate America. Founded in 1987 as a charitable membership organization, LEAGUE at AT&T was comprised only of individual chapters, with the first being established in Denver.

In 1992, AT&T encouraged LEAGUE at AT&T chapters to form a national organization which happened that year in Orlando. Three years later, AT&T split into 3 new entities in 1995 and decided to let LEAGUE at AT&T also spin off as well. Lucent Technologies became the home of EQUAL! (Now known as Equal! At Alcatel-Lucent) and NCR became the home of LEAGUE@NCR. Those who remained at AT&T with the communications business kept the name, LEAGUE at AT&T.

In 1996, LEAGUE at AT&T began funding LEAGUE Foundation to provide financial resources to LGBT youth to attend institutions of higher learning. Since its inception, LEAGUE Foundation has awarded 93 college scholarships totaling more than $157,000 to self-identified lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (GLBT) graduating US High School Students based on the following achievements: grade point average; significant involvement in community service; and acceptance to an accredited US college or university. Today, the Foundation is a national scholarship fund reaching all 50 states, with the greatest share of its funding still coming from AT&T and LEAGUE at AT&T, in addition to individual and corporate contributions.

In 2005, AT&T announced a $16 billion merger with SBC Communications, creating the world’s premier communications and networking company. Following the merger, Spectrum (SBC’s LGBT ERG) merged into LEAGUE at AT&T and then AT&T decided that its other two legacy LGBT ERGs, New Angle and GLBT-PRIDE, representing BellSouth and Cingular Wireless employees, respectively, should also merge into LEAGUE at AT&T. These mergers were completed in 2006 and 2007 and today’s LEAGUE at AT&T was born, with a rich heritage from four unique organizations with individual histories and cultures.

Today, LEAGUE at AT&T proudly serves our one AT&T, its employees, customers and the communities in which we operate.