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Out of the Shadows

In the early 1990s, a group of gay and lesbian employees at P&G in Cincinnati banded together to fight for equality in their workplace. It seemed like an impossible dream—while P&G was one of the first Fortune 500 companies to add “sexual orientation” to its EEO (equal employment opportunity) statement in 1992, the company’s leadership was conservative and fellow employees were openly homophobic. And, in 1993, Cincinnati passed Article XII, an amendment that prevented any laws aimed at protecting gays and lesbians. It was a hostile environment and a difficult time for employees to openly be themselves. Still, the group, which called itself GABLE, persisted. Slowly but surely, they found allies, educated their colleagues and won big victories—including benefits for domestic partners. Today, GABLE has 5,000 members in more than 50 countries, and P&G is one of the most LGBTQ-friendly companies in the world. Meet the pioneers who risked everything to change P&G’s corporate culture for the better.

  • Brent Miller
    Executive Producer
  • Otto Bell
    Executive Producer
  • Courtney Coupe
    Executive Producer
  • Mark E. Trent
  • Michael Pasquariello
  • Rebecca Cannon
  • Emily Chao
    Additional Editor
  • Sadie Bass
  • Laura Jesperson
    Archival Producer
  • Mark E. Trent
    Director of Photography
  • Joel Blanco
    Line Producer
  • Chris McMillon
    Assistant Camera
  • Michaela Pence
    Hair and Makeup
  • Ken Petrosky
    Sound Mixer
  • Keith Rentz
    Additional Sound Mixers
  • Chris Beaudry
    Additional Sound Mixers
  • Brad Kimbrough
    Assistant Editors
  • Matt Chao
    Assistant Editors
  • Michael Chanak
    Key Cast
  • Ed Offshack
    Key Cast
  • Heidi Bruins Green
    Key Cast
  • Delaine Adkins
    Key Cast
  • Andi Adkins
    Key Cast
  • Waldo Jeff
    Key Cast
  • John Pepper
    Key Cast
  • Scott E. Knox
    Key Cast
  • Charlotte Otto
    Key Cast
  • Susan Arnold
    Key Cast
  • Dick Antoine
    Key Cast
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    Documentary, Short
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  • Runtime:
    25 minutes 12 seconds
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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Distribution Information
  • Great Big Story
    Country: Worldwide
    Rights: Internet
Director Biography - Mark E. Trent

Mark E. Trent is an Appalachia-based photographer and filmmaker. Born and raised in West Virginia, Mark has traveled the globe to tell intimate stories through award-winning photo essays and documentaries. His work spans both documentary and commercial spheres for clients such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, Great Big Story, CNN, General Electric, Target, Subaru and Warner Brothers, among others. Mark’s expansive eight year photo essay on opioid addiction and recovery was published in the New York Times in the Winter of 2018. Love, Loss and Despair chronicled Mark’s long time friend as she battled addiction and found recovery. Earlier that year, Mark directed “The Words Matter” a brand film for Procter and Gamble telling the story of the individuals who fought to have “sexual orientation” added to the company's EEO policy in the early nineties. The Words Matter received a Silver Lion Award at the 2018 Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity.

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