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He Took On Procter & Gamble for Gay Rights: An Interview with Michael Chanak, Jr.

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Michael Chanak Jr. fought for years to change P&G's EEO policy. He stars in the P&G-made documentary, “The Words Matter: One Voice Can Make a Difference”.";s:

Michael Chanak Jr. is a gay rights activist who started working for Cincinnati-based Procter & Gamble (P&G) in the mid-1980s. He worked for years to get the company to add a clause to the equal employment opportunity (EEO) policy that protected the rights of gay people against discrimination at the workplace.

Twenty-five years later, P&G made a short film to mark the anniversary of the policy change. The film won a Silver Lion award for corporate and social responsibility at the Cannes Lion Festival. 

J. Nungesser is a multiple media journalist at Ideastream Public Media.