LGBT pride is the positive stance against discrimination and violence toward lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. The month of June was chosen for LGBT Pride because of the Stonewall riots in June 1969 and Christopher Street Liberation Day (June 28, 1970). Throughout the month there is a focus on self-affirmation, equality of rights and celebration of sexual diversity and gender variance. Common symbols of pride include the rainbow flag, the lowercase Greek letter lambda, the pink triangle and the black triangle.
To recognize the progress and achievements of the LGBT community, we at Diversity Best Practices asked our members to share what their organizations will be doing this month to celebrate Pride Month.
Ahold USA and Divisions have a lot of activities planned for June’s Pride Month.
Ahold and Divisions are sponsors in 5 Pride Parades / Festivals – Boston, Providence RI, Harrisburg PA, Washington DC and New York City. Ahold will have trucks and associates in the parades (as applicable) along with sponsoring a booth, handing out merchandise / water to attendees. In addition, Ahold is launching their PRIDE Business Resource Group with a workshop from PFLAG.
American Red Cross
The Cultural Competency Series is a monthly educational program, focused on the unique cultural characteristics of diverse communities as well as overarching theories and principles that support a culturally proficient organization. These sessions are open to all Red Crossers and also recorded and made available on the intranet. The June 2016 session is “sponsored” by the LGBT Team Member Resource Group (TMRG). The session is titled “Deciphering the Alphabet Soup of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identities.” Briefly described the series deals with LGBT. LGBTQ. LGBTQQIA. QUILTBAGS. Every day, it seems that there are more and more letters. What are some of the new labels? How are people using and experiencing sexual orientation and gender in 2016? And what do you, as a Red Cross employee, need to know to be culturally competent in this area? The Presenting Speaker is Robyn Ochs, Ed.M., Educator, Speaker, Award-winning Activist, and Editor of the Bi Women Quarterly, the 42-country anthology, Getting Bi: Voices of Bisexuals Around the World and the new anthology RECOGNIZE: The Voices of Bisexual Men
Pride Parade and Festival Participation
Awareness and Education
Astellas will be participating in the gay pride parade. This will be the 7th year.
For pride month Baxter will be with the help of the Baxter Equality Network business resource group:
Bloomberg is celebrating Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month with a global pride campaign, #proudtobe, asking each of their employees to celebrate who they are as individuals and as members of a broader community. Bloomberg will be hosting a series of commemorative pride events in offices around the world, including movie screenings, volunteer projects, Pride walks and more. Watch a video here: https://vimeo.com/168945410
A few specific events Bloomberg is looking forward to:
The Boehringer Ingelheim Working With Pride Business Resource Group is hosting an interactive webinar and group discussion entitled: “Straight Talk: Celebrate the LGBT Community at Work”. From this activity participants will learn more about LGBT colleagues, patients and customers by understanding the power of the rainbow purse. Employees that attend will become familiar with inclusive terminology, understand the disparities in healthcare, the marketplace and society as well as being able to differentiate among various terms such as sexual orientation, gender identity and expression and the intersection of values, faith and beliefs on this topic. Another benefit is that employees will obtain tips on becoming an ally and choose an action item to enhance personal relationship with LGBT colleagues, friends and family members.
PRIDE 7th Anniversary Celebration featuring DJ Syimone and guest speaker Senator Morgan McGarvey.
Powered with PRIDE 5K: Run June 11 – Sponsored by B-F Live-Well – www.poweredwithpride.com Kentuckiana
Virtual Ally Drive
PRIDE Parade: June 17 – Downtown Louisville
LGBT trivia competition: This year the BF created a trivia contest in which entire company will have three chances to be win one of the “7 year anniversary” gift baskets that are stocked with goodies all related to celebrating a 7 year anniversary!
This comes in great time as we are finalizing the deck to launch our first Pride Network in the Latam Region, this is something that we have been thinking of doing it for some time now and its becoming a reality .
We have a group of very engaged employees from the LGBT community and also Allyes that will be launching the Pride Network in Latam to commemorate Pride Month.
The Purpose of this team is: “We will strive to provide support through networking, development and knowledge sharing, and building relationships. We will influence an inclusive culture and We will Launch an Ally Program in the Region”
At Cisco there are over 25,000 people around the globe participating in the Employee Resources Organizations like PRIDE. That’s over one-third of the entire workforce dedicated to making a difference in the world. And they are doing it on highly collaborative and inclusive teams that work to connect everything, innovate everywhere and benefit everyone. How does that happen, through what is called the People Deal.
At Cisco they believe that the People Deal is transforming our employees’ experience, and that their vision will unleash the full potential of our people through the convergence of diversity, inclusion, collaboration, and technology.
PRIDE embodies the ideals of the People Deal. As one of 25+ diverse Employee Resource Organizations and networks at Cisco, it is the longest standing, award-winning group for nearly 30 years. With the full support of the Cisco executive team, the PRIDE executive sponsor reports directly to the CEO, ensuring our lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people. have a seat at the table.
The PRIDE mission is to ensure Cisco is recognized internally and externally as an inclusive, LGBT friendly company where LGBT employees can bring their whole selves to work and be part of an engaging, passionate and socially responsible community.
This month, Cisco is honoring those who lead the fight for dignity and equality and a more inclusive society. Each member has made incredible sacrifices that have driven historic gains. It is an honor to recognize our PRIDE community at Cisco.
In celebration of their success and sacrifice Cisco will be honoring the community at the following events:
June 15, 2016 Cisco will host a virtual global event: Diversity Role Models and the Power of Participation. Guest Speaker is John Amaechi, a diversity role model and former NBA Hall of Famer. John will share his personal story of struggle and triumph to become an elite-athlete and his perspective on the power of positive role models in sport and business. John works closely with Amnesty on LGBT rights, and often acts as a spokesperson on these issues. http://www.amaechiperformance.com/
Other events Cisco is hosting or sponsoring include:
CSAA Insurance Group
In Oklahoma City CSAA will be:
Eli Lilly and Company
The Global Diversity and Inclusion Office will also coordinate internal and external communication of Pride events via social media outlets. Follow this link to a video of LillyPRIDE’s participation in last year’s Circle City IN Pride Parade and Festival. Also, Lilly will also be featuring a blog from the chair of LillyPRIDE, Ganesh Sharma, and rerunning a video highlighting LillyPRIDE’s reverse mentoring program on LillyPad. The following are being coordinated by the PRIDE (People Respecting Individual Differences Equally) employee resource group.
This is Express Scripts’ inaugural year participating in Saint Louis PrideFest, June 24 – 26, 2016. Express Scripts is sponsoring the First Aid and Cooling tent during the festival as well as an Express Scripts informational booth. Additionally, Express Scripts employees will march in the parade in support of the LGBT community. To kick off this event and in support of Expressions, our LGBT Employee Resource Group, Express Scripts will be hosting a reception in their main lobby.
Fifth Third Bank
Fifth Third Bank’s LGBT Business Resource Groups Celebrate National LGBT Pride Month
Fifth Third Bank (Cincinnati)
Fifth Third Bank (Indiana)
Fifth Third Bank (Georgia)
Fifth Third Bank (Northeastern Ohio)
Fifth Third Bank (North Florida)
June is Pride Month and the FINRA PRIDE Alliance has published a web resource guide featuring links to national PRIDE events, videos, photos, discussions and resources. Also, on June 30, the FINRA PRIDE Alliance members and guests are invited to attend our annual PRIDE Month Celebration and networking event. As part of this event, FINRA will launch the annual Images of Pride photo competition. This popular competition is open to all FINRA employees. The term “pride” in the context of this competition is left to the contestant’s interpretation. Images should depict a positive theme and affirm how FINRA employees see pride in themselves, their achievements, family, community, contributions and interests. FINRA will also hold a general membership meeting at that time. To foster relationships and further enhance our mission, each FINRA office will decorate a poster celebrating the theme, “This is what Pride Month means to us.”
At HP, diversity and inclusion helps drive new business, fuel innovation, and attract and retain the best employees. From HP’s earliest days, the company recognized that the more points of view it can draw on, the better its products and company as a whole will be. Every HP innovation comes from a team of individuals, each contributing their unique perspective, knowledge and experience, to advance the way the world works and lives.
As part of Pride month, HP will be launching a month-long virtual celebration with optional local activities around the globe. In addition to promoting content through our internal channels that drives awareness, engagement and education, HP will also encourage employees to wear chosen “Pride color of the week” and post photos on internal social media sites.
Horizon’s LGBT Affinity Group, Spectrum, is hosting their Annual Pride Luncheon on Thursday, June 9, 2016. The Pride Luncheon will feature presentations from the True Colors Fund and the Hetrick-Martin Institute of New Jersey. Co-founded by Cyndi Lauper, the True Colors Fund works to end homelessness among lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth, creating a world in which young people can be their true selves.
Hetrick-Martin Institute believes all young people, regardless of sexual orientation or identity, deserve a safe and supportive environment in which to achieve their full potential. Hetrick-Martin creates this environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth between the ages of 13 and 24 and their families. Through a comprehensive package of direct services and referrals, Hetrick-Martin seeks to foster healthy youth development. Hetrick-Martin’s staff promotes excellence in the delivery of youth services and uses its expertise to create innovative programs that other organizations may use as models.
Spectrum’s mission is to create a positive and inclusive work environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) employees and their allies, promote educational awareness of LGBTQ issues, make impactful community contributions, and harness the talents of a dedicated and diverse group of employees to deliver tangible business benefits to the organization as a whole. Spectrum supports the values and core competencies of the business and is committed to furthering its mission, vision and business goals.
The luncheon has sold over 100 tickets. All proceeds will support Hetrick-Martin’s ongoing initiatives in Newark, New Jersey.
Attending a session on the Geopolitics of LGBT Rights across Africa, Europe/Russia, Asia and the Americas sponsored by the Institute of Current Wold Affairs and the Pulitzer Center as well as hosting an Inclusion Innovation Lab where we will host targeted internal sessions around a increasing inclusion and parity issues for LGBT staff, surveying staff on LGBT awareness and inclusion, participating in various community walks and events.
Johnson Control’s first ever LGBTA Business Resource Group, JC4e (Johnson Controls for Equality) was formed two years ago with two key pillars in mind. (1) Making Johnson Controls an even better place to work and (2) Having an enhanced impact in our community especially from an LGBTA perspective. We have a very engaged group that has produced outstanding results in a short time frame. This includes contributing over 300 hours of community service as well as securing approximately $15,000 from various sources to support our local community.
Pride Fest provides a great opportunity for our Allies to celebrate diversity, network, and make a positive difference in our community. Last year, the JC4e leadership team championed a team event by volunteering at a Beer Pod for the Milwaukee LGBT Community Center and raised the most funds ever in a single four hour shift. This year we are taking a much more active presence and offering an impressive array of volunteer opportunities for our Allies. Two worth mentioning in detail are:
Northrop Grumman is proud to celebrate Pride Month every year in June and has prepared a number of activities and information to share with employees. Our theme for the month is “Celebrating PrIDA Marching Forward.” PrIDA (Pride in Diversity Alliance) is our LGBT employee resource group (ERG) and they are celebrating their 20thanniversary. Below is a short summary of upcoming activities throughout the month that highlight our commitment to our LGBT employees:
At Northrop Grumman, we are proud of all of our employees and have established an environment where each one can bring their authentic selves to work and contribute to successful performance.
Thank you for reaching out to OppenheimerFunds, Inc for this information, we are hosting PRIDE week activities in both our NY and Denver offices during June. Please see a list of the events below and feel free to let me know if you have any questions.
Oracle’s proudly shows our ongoing commitment of our LGBT employees and allies through sponsorship and support of various LGBT Pride events globally. See below a list of the events hosted by Oracle Pride Employee Network Employee Resource Group in partnership with Diversity & Inclusion.
OPEN San Francisco Bay area:
Pride week Aug 1-7th
Pacific Gas and Electric Company
PG&E is home to one of the nation’s first corporate LGBT support organization, which is celebrating its thirtieth anniversary this year. Recently, our executive leaders have been part of the “I’m an Ally” campaign to support LGBT inclusion and safety at work. We are constantly looking for ways to push forward while actively solicit feedback from our employees about all areas of workplace safety, including issues like gender transition.
Working closely with employees who have made and continue to make this transition and advocacy groups such as the National Transgender Law Center, we now have a robust and ever-evolving Transgender policy. Yes, this includes policy about bathroom use, but it is much more. It provides resources for co-workers to understand and support their colleagues during their transition, ways for supervisors to answer questions in respectful and transparent ways, and importantly educational opportunities for those who don’t know what to ask.
PG&E encourages all employees to participate in Pride Parades in San Francisco and other Pride Month events.
UPS’s LGBT&Allies Executive Advisor Laura Lane, who is President of UPS Global Public Affairs, spent time with the BRG to discuss her new role as the group’s sponsor. She and members of her team discussed opportunities for engagement and communication both internally and externally in support of UPS’s five LGBT&A BRGs.
The UPS Corporate Campus LGBT&Allies BRG will be participating in various events in support of the Pride Month. On June 16 members of the Corporate Campus LGBT&Allies BRG will be in attendance at The Coca-Cola Company LGBTA Business Resource Group Networking Reception with Special guests Sandy Douglas, President Coca-Cola North America and Sarah Kate Ellis, President & CEO, GLAAD.
On June 18 UPS will be an Advocate Sponsor for the CHRIS Kids Org White Party (formerly Premiere Party). UPS will also provide Volunteers to assist with the event before, during and after the event. Since 2002, this event has raised over $1million to support diversity, inclusivity, acceptance, inclusivity, and unconditional love to youth in our community. CHRIS Kids has been protecting and serving youth at home, in school, in foster care, or while they reside in the juvenile justice system for 35 years. This year marks the 4th year UPS has sponsored this event through our LGBT&Allies Corporate Campus BRG.
On June 24 UPS will be among several Corporate Sponsors of Georgia Diversity Council for LGBT-Allies Diversity Summit held at SunTrust. Organized in 2010, the Georgia Diversity Council (GADC) is committed to fostering a learning environment for organizations to grow and leverage their knowledge of diversity. It is currently comprised of one Council located in Atlanta, Georgia. The GADC is a great opportunity for professionals, students and organizations to learn diversity best practices from the top corporate leaders. Several members of the Corporate Campus LGBT&Allies BRG will be in attendance alongside Catherine Salvadore, UPS HR Director, who will be among the panel speakers.
On June 28 Sunny Nastase, President, Enterprise Accounts, Healthcare at UPS and longtime advocate and member of the Corporate Campus LGBT & Allies BRG will be a featured panelist at the Georgia Power Company. The topic will be The Importance of Being an Ally. Pride Power LGBT & Allies ERG at the Georgia Power Company will be celebrating its 2ndyear as an ERG with a goal this year to educate its audience on ‘What it means to be an Ally and ‘Why Allies are needed to support the LGBT community’.
The UPS Louisville LGBT&Allies BRG is excited to announce that the Powered with Pride 5K Run/Walk in Cherokee Park will be delivered by UPS for the second year in a row on June 11. PWP’s mission is to engage and empower communities, by fostering a healthy sense of self, one proud step at a time. Each year PWP donates a portion of proceeds from the event to a local nonprofit that is focused on advancing causes near and dear to LGBT and supporting communities. The 2016 charity beneficiary is YMCA Safe Place Services. The Louisville LGBT&A BRG will also walk in the Kentuckiana Pride Festival Parade on June 17for the fourth year in a row.
The Great Lakes LGBT&A BRG will have a UPS communication booth at the Columbus, Ohio Pride event on June 16 and 17.
United Technologies Corporation
UTC Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) are sponsoring events throughout June to celebrate Pride Month, including those listed below.
The activities of our member companies will be updated throughout the month of June.