Amid the national surge of activism for LGBTQ workplace equality in the 1980s and 1990s, a handful of gay and lesbian employees of the Eastman Kodak Corporation in Rochester, New York formed the Lambda Network at Kodak. Initially an informal support group, the network opened to all Kodak employees in 1994 to encourage LGBTQ inclusion through education.
Kodak management encouraged the formation of employee networks in response to external pressure to diversify and as an alternative to labor unions, which the company had long opposed. The network's support from Kodak senior management, and the Lambda Network's commitment to education, made it strongly influence Kodak's corporate culture. In just a few years, Kodak adopted domestic partner benefits and advocated for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) before Congress. The Lambda Network evolved into an inspiring force that nurtured LGBTQ inclusion in the workplace, at Kodak and beyond.
Remembering the Lambda Network at Kodak features photos, videos, oral history interviews, archival documents, and narrative analysis about the network and its relationship with workplace activism. The Lambda Network is a powerful model of how employees can leverage their power to enact change in their workplaces and the broader culture.