Blog Post

DBP Members Celebrate Pride Month 2019

By Lisa Fraser
June 10, 2019

June is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month, established to recognize the impact that gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender individuals have had on the world.

Originally established as “Gay Pride Day” to honor the 1969 Stonewall Riots, Pride has expanded in many places to a month-long celebration including pride parades, picnics, parties, educational events, memorials for those lost to hate crimes and HIV/AIDS, and other group gatherings.

In the United States the last Sunday in June was initially celebrated as “Gay Pride Day,” but the actual day was flexible. In major cities across the nation the “day” soon grew to encompass the month-long series of events.

Below you will find examples of what some Diversity Best Practices member companies are doing to acknowledge and celebrate Pride Month.

AbbVie

  • Raising of the Pride flags at two different AbbVie Campuses in Lake County, along with a special ceremony when raising the first flag on May 31
  • Participation in the Milwaukee Pride Parade
  • Participation in the Chicago Pride Parade
  • Participation in Kenosha Pride Festival
  • Participation in several area volunteer activities
  • Guest speaker on campus focusing on belonging in the workplace
  • Social media posts, including employee testimonial

Alight

For PRIDE month, among the various local events, Alight is sponsoring a T-Shirt sale to raise funds for the Trevor Project. To date, we have raised$1,653 of our $2,000 goal.

American Institutes of Research

People of color who are LGBTQ+ face a unique set of experiences and challenges that are rarely discussed or well understood. The American Institutes for Research’s (AIR’s) LGBTQ+ ERG, AIR Pride, is excited to celebrate Pride Month with a conversation about race and gender identity/sexual orientation titled, “Not Just Queer: The Intersection of LGBTQ+ and Race.”

Through the conversation, AIR Pride will provide information to facilitate an understanding of the issues and needs of our co-workers, colleagues, and clients who live with the potential bias and discrimination from both identities.

AIR Pride will facilitate an open discussion about race and orientation where attendees can ask questions, make comments, or discuss ways to apply the information to AIR’s research and work.

A panel of three researchers and advocates representing Black, Latino, and Asian LGBTQ+ communities will provide insights, share experiences, and discuss current work that addresses the intersectionality of race and gender identity/sexual orientation.

This event is co-sponsored by three other ERGs at AIR: AIR BLAAC Diaspora Network, AIR VIVA, and AIR Asians in Motion. The event will take place live in AIR’s Washington, DC offices and will be broadcast on GoToWebinar for AIR’s other offices and remote staff.

Bank of America

At Bank of America, our annual celebration of LGBT+ PRIDE Month is robust and broad. It starts with how we cultivate a culture of inclusion that encourages our employees to bring our full selves to work every day.

In addition to the personalized celebration plans that our local market teams have worked hard to develop for their cities, this year, we will be recognizing the LGBT+ community throughout the month of June in a number of ways:

  1. At the end of May, as we geared up for PRIDE Month, we hosted our fourth annual LGBT+ Leadership Week, bringing together our LGBT+ Executive Council, our LGBT+ Professional Development Program and, for the first time, a group of transgender teammates to discuss the LGBT+ strategy at Bank of America.
  2. During the month of June, we are:
  • Hosting education sessions available to all employees focused on different aspects of the LGBT+ experience.
  • Continuing our emphasis on sharing employee stories through our intranet, line of business meetings and e-newsletters and find further opportunities for our teammates to connect. Throughout the month, we will highlight some of our employees who discuss their lives as parents, spouses, executives, siblings, women, and/or people of color in addition to being proud members of the LGBT+ community.
  • Looking back on the Stonewall Riots that took place 50 years ago through our sponsorship of the Stonewall 50 Exhibit at the NYC Historical Society. We will reflect on the courage and bravery of those activists through engaging in courageous conversations with one another about how far the LGBT+ community has come, and where there is still ground to cover.
  • Partnering with Love Has No Labels in more than 38 Pride parades and festivals across the country.
  • Sponsoring a series of activities at this year’s 50th anniversary of the Los Angeles LGBT Center.
  • Showcasing LGBT+ Heritage Exhibits in both Charlotte and Los Angeles.
  • Hosting LGBT+ clients at events across the country.
  • Unveiling new digital displays in financial centers across many of our major U.S. markets.
  • Lighting a number of our corporate buildings in the LGBT+ rainbow colors as well as proudly fly the LGBT+ rainbow flag outside these buildings.
  • Profiling the personal journeys of LGBT+ teammates in national and local media.
  • Executing our robust social media campaign across Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram to celebrate the LGBT+ community and allies by highlighting our LGBT+ teammates and the abundance of work we do to support LGBT+ people every day.

Baxter

The Baxter Equality Network (BEN) was established in 2012 to empower lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and straight ally employees to be their authentic selves and reach their full potential as professionals.

We now have nearly 600 members worldwide with multiple new chapters established on a yearly basis. BEN chapters hold events throughout the year.

To kick things off for Pride Month and the BRG’s signature month in June, a global contest was held across all Baxter facilities to design a t-shirt to be worn by employees for this year’s Pride events.

Across the U.S. and around the world, multiple Baxter offices will be raising the Pride Flag during the first weeks of the month; our annual “Wear Your Pride to Work Day” will be held mid-June; and employees will be participating in multiple Pride Parades around the world.

Best Buy

Best Buy is doing quite a bit for Pride Month this year, including:

  • Pride Month merchandise has its own landing page on BestBuy.com this year
  • Pride marketing email to our customers with links to employee stories on our company blog; see the post: At Best Buy, Pride is part of our business: Blog post discussing our commitment, our Pride ERG, our Workplace Transition and Gender Identity Toolkit, our commitment in the community
  • Creating a culture of inclusion at Best Buy: Highlights the Best Buy Seattle Tech office, the Pride Associate Mentorship Program (AMP), an ally’s story
  • Social media “With Pride.” campaign on all BBY social media platforms
  • Pride Month kick off at the Corporate Campus (May 31)—Hosted by Pride ERG executive sponsors
  • Drag Queen bingo
  • An “Our Voices” discussion series about LGBTQ and mental health
  • Over 70 employees marching in the Twin Cities Pride Parade on behalf of Best Buy
  • A “Candid Conversation” on navigating identity and self-expression—Candid Conversations are hosted by the D&I team and are attended by over 200 individuals monthly

Booz Allen Hamilton

This year, Pride takes on added significance for our LGBTQ employee network, GLOBE, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary at the firm!
In addition to Pride month (June) activities, the firm and GLOBE also recognized and participated in activities for DC Capital Trans Pride and Black Pride week during the month of May.

In June, there are a number of firm- and GLOBE-sponsored activities that employees can engage with:

June 3—LatinX Pride Panel: LGBTQ Immigrant Narratives. GLOBE and our Latin American employee network are partnering with the Center for American Progress, National Center for Transgender Equality, [email protected] Coalition, Hispanic Federation, and more for a panel discussion on the intersection of LGBTQ, Latinx, and immigrant identities. 


June 5—Military Health Pride Brown Bag which will include a conversation with Ms. Shawn Skelley, a former 20-year Naval Officer and Obama Administration official who was the first transgender veteran to be appointed by a President of the United States.

June 8—Walking in DC’s Capital Pride Parade 


June 9—Participating in DC’s Capital Pride Festival, where our LGBTQ employee network, GLOBE, will be sponsoring a recruitment booth.

The firm and GLOBE also recognize a number of regional Pride celebrations that Booz Allen employees in those geographies can also engage with:

  • June 15: Baltimore Parade and Festival
  • June 15-16: Denver Parade and Festival
  • June 21-22: Hampton Roads Pride
  • June 21-22: Augusta, GA Pride
  • June 28-29: St Louis Pride
  • June 29: San Antonio Pride
  • June 29-30: NYC/World Pride
  • July 13-14: San Diego Parade and Festival

C Brands

Our first affinity group was an LGBTQ group in Rochester, started 14 years ago. This year we’ve introduced Stellar Pride which supports employees at all of our locations.

We have the following activities planned:

  • Bus in LA Pride with our brand, Charles Smith
  • Bus in SF Pride with our brand, Svedka
  • Bus in Rochester Pride under Constellation brands

What’s exciting about these is that it the first time the business, marketing, and our BRG have partnered to engage our employees in these activities. We have employees and key customers walking in all of these parades. Our employees are so excited. For Rochester, this is the first time we’ve participated in the parade, despite being active in the LGBTQ community for a number of years.

Our story is one of progress. This BRG didn’t exist in November, neither did our Women’s Early Career Professionals, or Hispanic/Latinx BRGs. We will end our fiscal year with the kick-off of our African American BRG for black history month. It’s a really fun and exciting time for us.

Capgemini

Capgemini is proud to support WorldPride and participate in the NYC Pride March and Chicago Pride March on June 30 and Grand Rapids Pride Festival on June 15.

Capgemini employees will be joined by clients and business partners in the march that celebrates the LGBTQIA+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Allies and others) community.

Capgemini strives to provide a forum for education and awareness by supporting the professional growth of the LGBTQIA+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex and Allies) community through events, the availability of inclusive benefits and Employee Resource Groups (ERGs).

Capgemini’s ERG, OUTfront, passionately and actively advocates for diversity initiatives within the LGBTQIA+ community. The initiatives are designed to develop an internal culture of LGBTQIA+ inclusion and awareness through educational content in support of an open-minded working environment.

For example, OUTfront conducts internal trainings on LGBT+ topics, and hosts panel discussions about LGBTQIA+ inclusion in consulting and tech. Another important objective of OUTfront is establishing strategic connections with groups such as the National LGBT+ Chamber of Commerce and Lesbians Who Tech to create inroads for LGBTQIA+ community recruitment and inclusion.

Through OUTfront, Capgemini has worked hard to understand and include the needs of the LGBTQIA+ community. We have garnered several accolades over the years including a 2019 ‘Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality’ by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation.

You can find out more about Capgemini’s World Pride activities and LGBTQIA+ efforts here.

Chevron

Below is information on events taking place at Chevron locations to celebrate and acknowledge Pride Month:

  • During the months of May and June, Chevron’s PRIDE network and its chapters will be hosting events and programs as part of its Rainbow Tour, a global initiative to heighten awareness, understanding and support for Chevron’s LGBT employees in promoting a safe, inclusive and encouraging work environment.
  • Chevron CEO Mike Wirth will speak and raise the Rainbow Pride flag during a ceremony in front of the main entrance at Chevron Park in San Ramon.
  • Mike Wirth will also have a “PRIDE Portrait” taken by Eric Schell, PRIDE Portrait photographer, who’s started the PRIDE Portrait campaign to “visually represent the LGBTQIA+ community and its allies one photograph and story at a time.”
  • Other Pride flag-raising events will also take place at several Chevron locations: Houston, Richmond, San Ramon, Calgary, Manila, El Segundo, Bakersfield, Pittsburg, Salt Lake City, Midland, Pascagoula, Perth, Coraopolis, Covington and London.
  • Chevron will hold more than 25 Pride events such as flag-raising ceremonies, PRIDE Portraits, transgender awareness events and Pride celebration luncheons during the Pride Rainbow tour and in recognition of Pride month of June.

Chico’s FAS

Chico’s FAS is celebrating Pride across all of its brands (Chico’s, Soma, TellTale, and White House Black Market) and shared services.

To launch, Chico’s FAS shared internal communications across the company about the 50th anniversary of Stonewall and is selling “FREE TO BE ME @Chico’s FAS” shirts internally through the month that will benefit the AIDS Healthcare Foundation.

The company gathered testimonials from Associates for a #Pride social media campaign to be shared on LinkedIn and Instagram. Part of this campaign will feature photos of Associates wearing the “FREE TO BE ME” shirts at an event towards the end of the month.

The Chico’s FAS Book Club is also reading the memoir Boy Erased and will have a discussion in July about their thoughts and impressions on the author Garrard Conley’s experiences.

Chubb

For Chubb here are some updates on what we are doing for June:

  • Historical Pride Month Celebrations – recognizing the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising – including a Pride Month Kickoff event at the NY Academy of Art on 6/6 with our NY Region agents and brokers; PRS’s 6th consecutive year sponsoring the Brooklyn Community Pride Center’s Community Leadership Awards and Gala on 6/13; and sponsorship of the Stonewall Community Foundation Vision Awards on 6/20 via Commercial Lines and the NYC Branch.

Cintas

At location 59 in Las Vegas we will be holding a PRIDE Day on June 14th.

  • We are encouraging our partners to wear the different colors of the rainbow
  • We will be decorating our breakroom with PRIDE décor and posting Cintas SupportLinc posters as well as other LGBTQ resources
  • We will also be handing out PRIDE support stickers, treats, and refreshments.

The Estée Lauder Companies

The Estée Lauder Companies (ELC) celebrates Pride and our consumers and employees who identify or are allies of the LGBTQA community with programming that complements the Company’s year-round support of the LGBTQA community.

The Company’s Pride activities include amplification of behind-the-scenes legislative work, support of Pride Fest in partnership with M·A·C, sponsorship of the annual Brooklyn Pride 5K Run in partnership with ELC’s wELCome employee resource group, and amplification of event activations, social, instore and product initiatives led by the brands in ELC’s portfolio.

ELC is a longtime pioneer of LGBTQ equality and is committed to driving real progress by ensuring our workplace celebrates and values the diversity and individuality of every employee.

Notably, ELC has most recently joined the Business Coalition for the Equality Act, a group of more than 160 businesses that support the Human Rights Campaign in its efforts to drive legislation in Congress, which would guarantee comprehensive, non-discriminatory protections for LGBTQ people under U.S. civil rights laws.

This past year, ELC’s most senior leaders added their names and the Company’s name behind efforts for transgender rights—further reinforcing the Company’s commitment to leveraging our voice to advance equality.

In addition, The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) ranked ELC as a “Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality,” having achieved a perfect score of 100 percent for HRC’s 2019 Corporate Equality Index for a third consecutive year.

This year’s perfect score of 100% on the Corporate Equality Index also marks the tenth time ELC has accomplished this feat in the 17 years HRC has been conducting its surveys.

In honor of Pride Month, ELC featured six employees who shared their unique perspectives on what Pride means to them. Please find the quotes below:

“Pride is an important time to offer love not only to one another, but most importantly to yourself.” — Randy, Associate of Retail Education, Bumble and bumble (pictured top left in photo above photo).

“For me, Pride month is a thank you for acceptance.” — Kearaha, Video Editor, Bumble and bumble (pictured top middle in above photo).

“I dream of a world where diversity is what unifies people. Recognizing people’s differences is a source of improvement for humankind.” — Jean-Ives, VP and GM of Clinique and Lab Series, Travel Retail Worldwide (pictured top right in above photo).

“Pride Month means using my own voice to advocate for inclusion and belonging for all people no matter who you love or how you identify.” — Jackie, Corporate Affairs Associate in Global Communications (pictured bottom left in above photo).

“Pride symbolizes an opportunity to help those who don’t have the same opportunities and voice, reducing inequality, fear and violence. — Paul, Estée Lauder Online International eCommerce Manager (pictured bottom middle in above photo).

“Pride means uninhibited self-expression.” — Nicole, Director, Product Development-Eye Category, M·A·C (pictured bottom right in above photo).

EY

Here are some bullets describing how EY is celebrating and acknowledging Pride Month:

  • Connecting our Communications, Talent and Unity Network (ERG) for activating a collective approach to Pride globally
  • Leveraging an LGBT+ supplier for Pride swag and T-shirts
  • Research with our clients that shows what we can do to advance LGBT+ inclusion and equality in all countries that takes into account the social, cultural, legal and business aspects
  • Connectivity to The Partnership for Global LGBTI Equality that focuses on how business can work collaboratively to advance LGBT+ equality globally
  • Weekly events at EY NYC highlighting strengths with LGBT+ families, Transgender inclusion, Leadership with clients and culminating in parade sponsorship at World Pride

FMC

FMC will celebrate Pride Month with several fun and inspiring events presented by Spectrum an Employee Resource Group within Diversity and Inclusion. FMC will be starting off Pride month by attending the Pride Parade in Philadelphia.

Then there will be a kickoff event at Stine Research Center, there we will be planting the D&I tree and celebrating with Rita’s water ice, a local favorite.

To engage our family, friends and allies, we will have Allies for LGBTQ sessions at Stine, Philadelphia Headquarters and Ewing Research Center.

To end the Pride month activities there will be a closing event with Quizzo, a team trivia game, in Philadelphia. Our goals are to raise awareness about LGBTQ equality, build a network of allies and advocates, and support our LGBTQ colleagues.

Fifth Third Bank

Please see the note below for the Fifth Third Bank PRIDE activities in Cincinnati and Eastern Michigan:

  • Fifth Third Bank is a Diamond sponsor of the 2019 Cincinnati PRIDE Parade and Festival, and will have exclusive rights to providing festival ATMs as well as presenting entertainment on the Fifth Third Bank Main Stage, which is located in the epicenter of Downtown Cincinnati.
  • Fifth Third anticipates having hundreds of employees, family and friends join the Cincinnati PRIDE parade participants and the some of the Bank employees will be driving two GEST (green energy, safe transportation) golf carts with Fifth Third’s unique PRIDE brand messages.

Walkers will be passing out Fifth Third-branded goodies, wearing Fifth Third PRIDE t-shirts and carrying signs displaying the message: “Everyone deserves to live a Fifth Third better.”

Walkers will also carry a banner showcasing Fifth Third’s 100% score on the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index, which is the national benchmarking tool on corporate policies and practices pertinent to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer employees.

  • At the Cincinnati PRIDE festival, attendees can stop by one of Fifth Third’s two festival booths and see a demo of the Bank’s Dobot consumer savings app or show that they’ve interacted with Fifth Third’s PRIDE social media messages for a chance to get a special Fifth Third branded prize.
  • As a way to acknowledge and celebrate PRIDE month, the Bank’s business resource group members and employees in Cincinnati will be invited to attend pre-PRIDE parade and festival ramp up events including a special PRIDE happy hour and a speaking engagement with Melissa Stevens, Fifth Third Bank’s Head of Digital, Design and Innovation, on how to be a good ally.
  • Eastern Michigan Fifth Third employees are celebrating PRIDE by a being a Diamond sponsor of the City of Ferndale’s PRIDE festival and by having a booth at the festival. The LGBTQ+ business resource group will be wearing LGBTQ+ branded apparel and hosting activities and games at their booth. They will also be giving away prizes for people who participate in the games, which includes rainbow themed cornhole and pin the tail on the unicorn.

Food Lion (An Ahold Delhaize Company)

Food Lion and its LGBTQA (known as Friends) Business Resource Group (BRG) is partnering with several affinity organizations, corporate business partners, and community groups to grow its customer base, increase sales, and build brand loyalty. They are sponsoring and participating in Pride Luncheons, Food Lion Feed’s Initiative, Festivals and Parades in the Carolinas and Washington, DC in 2019.

Events and/or activities include the following: Charlotte Lesbian and Gay Fund- The Happening; Capital Pride in Washington, DC; Salisbury, NC Pride; NC Black Gay Pride, Charlotte, NC; Charlotte, NC Pride and South Carolina Pride in Columbia, SC. Volunteers wear company branded t-shirts with pride logos and/ or emblems at the parades and festival booths.

A Retail Flyer is posted on over 1,000 Retail Bulletin Boards inside the Food Lion stores. Communications shred on the flyer include:

  • What is LGBT Pride Month?
  • What is the Friends LGBTQA Business Resource Group (BRG)?
  • Upcoming LGBT Events
  • Friends LGBTQA BRG Mission
  • Friends LGBTQA BRG Leadership Team

Freddie Mac

Here are some of the major activities that we are hosting here at Freddie Mac led by our Pride ERG:

  • Pride Festivals – Dallas, TX and Washington, DC: Freddie Mac will have representatives from our Pride ERG at these festivals interacting with attendees and sharing information about our LGBT housing study
  • Supporting Your Child’s LGBTQ+ identity —Our Pride and Working Parents ERGs host a webinar event discussion designed to provide parents with practical tips to be more supportive of their LGBTQ+ children.
  • LGBTQ+ History Event —This interactive networking event will honor the history of the LGBTQ+ community. The event will feature speakers and art panels displaying key moments, events, and figures in LGBTQ+ rights history.
  • Wade Davis Key Note Address — (June 10) Freddie Mac hosts Wade Davis, former NFL football player who came out publicly in 2012 and the NFL’s first LGBTQ+ inclusion consultant. Davis will discuss the importance of fostering a culture of inclusion and the impact and promise of intersectionality.

This event is co-sponsored by our PRIDE and ARISE ERGs, and several business divisions.

  • Pride Ally Panel- (June 19) Company leaders speak on the best ways to be an ally to your LGBTQ+ co-workers.

Group M

For Pride Month GroupM will have the following executions:

  • To celebrate the progress made in the LGBTQ+ community since the Stonewall Riots while acknowledging there’s still work to be done, our company will have an in-house company Pride March adorned with signs displaying messages of peace, love, equality and justice for all. The Pride March will last 30 minutes and culminate with a 2 hour Pride Party with a Drag Queen performance and Drag Queen Pride Bingo.
  • Because we’re a media company we will also have a Pride Panel on LGBTQ+ and Media kicked off with presentation on Gender Fluidity.
  • We plan on having a hygiene drive to collect toiletries and other requested items and donate it to a non-profit organization – New Alternatives that provide aid to homeless LGBTQ+ youth.
  • Lastly we will be sending our employees across the US an email each week for 4 weeks that will provide a curated guide to help celebrate pride: a sensory overload of the LGBTQ+ community. This guide serves to educate, celebrate, and entertain people of all communities.

The emails will appeal to ones senses: Queer Eye – (movies, books, tv shows), Hear Us Out – (music, artists, podcasts & speeches), Taste of Culture – (cultural uniqueness such as Drag, Ball, Vogue), Touch of Support – (ways to support the LGBTQ+ community).

Health Care Service Corporation

Health Care Service Corporation (HCSC), the parent company of five Blue Cross Blue Shield plans including Illinois, Montana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas, has several activities planned in the celebration of National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month.

Our Pride Alliance BRG focuses on LGBTQ employees and allies and aims to foster inclusion through educational seminars, while creating employee cultural awareness activities. They also host networking, mentoring and community outreach efforts.

Additionally, HCSC will send out a company-wide communication and use in house monitors to recognize June as LGBT Pride Month and invite all employees to participate in Pride month activities. These efforts support our LGBTQ employees and serve as a reminder that HCSC is a company where all employees can bring their authentic selves to work.

Below is a list of activities planned in celebration of Pride Month. These events are supported and attend by our Pride Alliance BRG members, Allies and other interested HCSC employees.

New Mexico:

  • The Annual UNITED soccer game and tailgating on June 5.
  • The Annual Albuquerque Pride Parade on June 8.

Illinois:

  • A community service volunteer opportunity at the Center on Halsted on June 15.
  • The Chicago HCSC headquarters building will be lit with “Pride” from June 21 – 23.
  • The 50th Annual Chicago Pride Parade on June 30.

Texas:

  • An LGBTQ pride banner will be displayed in the Richardson, TX headquarters during the
    month of June.
  • Pride Alliance members and allies will gather for a group photo shoot in front of the pride
    flag.
  • The Annual Dallas Pride Parade and Festival held June 1-2.
  • Dr. Esteban Lopez, M.D., Chief Medical Officer of Clinical Strategy and Innovation, will
    speak about LGBTQ health care competency as well as address health disparities that
    impact the LGBTQ community.

Oklahoma:

  • The Annual Tulsa Pride Parade and the Oklahoma City Pride parade.

HP

HP is a long time supporter of the LGBTQ+ community, having launched one of the first LGBTQ+ employee resource groups over 30 years ago.

That support continues today with 18 active Pride Impact Networks around the world.

We have an exciting line up of global events to support this year’s Pride Month theme: Together in Pride.

We will spend the month of June celebrating the contribution of the LGBTQ+ community inside and outside of HP. This year’s Pride Month celebration includes:

  • A launch email to all employees from Chief Diversity Officer, Lesley Slaton Brown providing an overview of the month and inviting employees to actively participate and show their support.
  • Series of articles and posts on our internal employee news feed related to Pride Month, with new articles releasing weekly
  • HP sponsorship of and presence in community Pride parades and events around the world
  • Two global webinars offered to all employees: A panel discussion with internal and external leaders on LGBTQ+ inclusion and a conversation with the GenderCool Champions from The GenderCool Project
  • Virtual and in person Allies at HP workshops to engage more LGBTQ+ allies
  • The launch of our Pride Impact Network Singapore
  • Pride Month posters and flags displayed at major sites around the world
  • Educational, fun and engaging events around the world sponsored by our local Pride Impact Network chapters
  • External communications including social media and blog posts related to Pride Month

HSBC

Throughout 2019, HSBC will be celebrating Pride. HSBC USA is supporting World Pride as a Platinum Sponsor, and hundreds of employees, friends and family will be joined by HSBC U.S. CEO Pat Burke to march with the HSBC float in the New York City parade on June 30.

Ahead of the event, HSBC is helping bring a splash of color to New York City through the World Mural Project, a showcase of street art by local and international artists that reflect and honor the beauty, struggle and strides of the LGBT+ community.

Other HSBC USA celebrations include:

  • A Pride event for employees and clients at the New York Stock Exchange.
  • A contingent of employees, friends and family from the Western New York region marched in in the Pride Parade in Buffalo.
  • A Pride networking event for Chicago-area employees focusing on the history of the LGTB+ movement.

Globally, the HSBC Pride Network supports an inclusive environment through LGBT+ engagement in the workplace. It now has more than 7,000 members in 21 different countries.

In 2019, HSBC is also taking part in Pride parades in cities around the world including Hong Kong, Sydney, Milan, Birmingham (UK), Mexico City and Toronto.

Supporting the LGBT+ community is an express of HSBC values to be open, dependable and connected, and helps us create an environment where people are valued, respected and supported to achieve their potential.

  • In Mexico, we received a rainbow flag award from the Mexican Government’s Council to Prevent and Eliminate Discrimination last year in recognition of our work to promote LGTB+ inclusion, the first company to receive such a recognition.
  • In Hong Kong, we were ranked number one in the financial services industry, and number two overall, for LGBT+ inclusion on the 2019 Hong Kong LGBT+ Index. Our local Pride co-chair Imaan Bhatia was a finalist for the Ally Award, and we also received a Gold Standard for inclusion.
  • In Australia, we were recognized as one of the most inclusive employers for LGBT+ colleagues for the fifth year running. We retained our ‘Bronze Employer’ status in the Australian Workplace Equality Index (AWEI) 2019, placing us among the top 50 employers nationally.
  • We received a 100% rating on the 2019 Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Corporate Equality Index.
  • We were recognized as one of the US’s top 50 companies for diversity and inclusion management by DiversityInc.

IMF

  • The World Bank Group/IMF GLOBE will be participating in the Pride Parade.
  • We will also be making LGBTQ ribbon pins available to colleagues who want to show their support for the community in the Fund (this is a continuation of the ribbons we distributed on IDAHOT day as we ran out of them and had to re-order).
  • Participating in the DC Pride Parade, together with colleagues from the World Bank.

The D&I Office has published a calendar event visible to all staff about this and are also encouraging colleagues to wear the rainbow pins we distributed in May for IDAHOT day.

JLL

June has arrived – the celebration of LGBT+ employees throughout JLL and the communities we serve. At JLL, we succeed through inclusion and value providing a culture where LGBT+ employees can achieve their ambitions.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots and JLL is proud to be participating in seven pride parades across the U.S., including Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago, Cincinnati, Dallas, Denver and Portland. During the month of June, we’re also bringing innovative programming to offices across the U.S. celebrating the contributions and history of the LGBT+ community.

During the first half of 2019, we were recognized for a fifth consecutive year with a perfect score on the HRC Corporate Equality Index, we celebrated our third consecutive year partnering with PFLAG to bring the Straight for Equality workplace training program to our employees and were proud to be the first organization to launch a global pride campaign featuring the use of the font ‘Gilbert’ made possible through typewithpride.com.

When we come together, we have the power to make our ambitions possible. That’s why we fully embrace diversity, inclusion and equality. To shape a better tomorrow for our people, our communities and our industry.

Johns Hopkins University

We are pleased to announce that as part of Johns Hopkins’ recognition of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month in June, the university and health system will participate in Pride events in Baltimore, Maryland; St. Petersburg, Florida; and Washington, D.C. This is the third consecutive year that Johns Hopkins is taking part in multi-city Pride events.

Each year, Johns Hopkins’ Pride presence has grown tremendously. From five marchers in 2016 to colorful crowds of about 400 last year across the enterprise, our staff members, faculty members and students have continued to show strong support for and solidarity with the LGBTQ communities we serve.

As our participation in Pride celebrations has grown over the years, so has our focus on providing valuable resources at the events. Johns Hopkins volunteers and health experts will pass out educational materials relevant to the LGBTQ community.

Join Johns Hopkins at Baltimore Pride
Sign up today to march in the Baltimore Pride Parade with your Johns Hopkins community! To register, follow this link.

Parade Information
The parade begins at 1:00 on Saturday, June 15, 2019 in Baltimore’s Charles Village neighborhood. Marchers should plan to arrive at 11:30am. Click here for more information about Johns Hopkins at the Pride parade.

Pre-Parade Gathering
This year, the parade begins close to Homewood, in Charles Village. Therefore, we invite you to join us in the courtyard outside the LGBTQ Life office at 3003 North Charles Street beginning at 11:30am on Saturday, June 15. We’ll be handing out shirts, taking pictures, and enjoying our community. We’ll proceed to our line-up spot at 12:00pm for the parade to begin at 1:00pm. We look forward to marching with you and showing our #HopkinsPride!

Other Pride Events

  • June 8: DC Pride Parade
  • June 9: DC Pride Festival
  • June 15: Baltimore, MD Pride Parade
  • June 16: Baltimore, MD Pride Festival
  • June 29: Annapolis, MD Pride Parade & Festival

L’ORÉAL USA

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) Pride Month is celebrated each year in the month of June to remember the 1969 Stonewall riots in Manhattan. The Stonewall riots, a series of demonstrations by members of the LGBTQ community against a police raid that took place at the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village in Manhattan, were the tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States.

This year, NYC Pride welcomes World Pride to mark the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising and a half-century of LGBTQIA+ liberation.

To honor the month and to celebrate LGBTQ PRIDE, L’Oréal USA and the [email protected]’Oréal employee-led Think Tank has planned a robust agenda of events.

The goal is to highlight L’Oréal as a global organization that supports the LGBT community. Throughout the month of June, the following events are planned:

#MARCHFORME Instagram Campaign

On Monday, June 10, [email protected]’Oreal is launching a social media campaign called #MarchForMe. [email protected]’Oréal will be marching on behalf of employees around the world and the general public who aren’t able to be there in person (for reasons ranging from financial, disabilities, people who aren’t comfortable being out, etc.).

People are invited to submit photos and videos which will be shown on huge screens on the [email protected]’Oréal Pride float, thereby bringing others along and allowing them to feel a part of this World Pride movement.

Out L’Oréal will issue an invitation on Instagram, inviting anyone interested to take part in the campaign. By creating access and opportunity for all on a global scale via Instagram submissions, L’Oréal will feature images from employees, influencers & consumers that will be displayed via LED screen on the [email protected]’Oréal float in the World Pride Parade in New York City on June 30 and via Instagram.

Submissions will be able to represent their brand, location and individuality. Through this initiative, “86k L’Oréal Employees March for World Pride 2019,” the company will engage people around the world.

During PRIDE Week

Beginning June 24, a series of events will take place in New York:

  • Week of June 24: a “PROUD to be” Rainbow Post-it Wall at L’Oréal USA’s headquarters cafeteria where employees can create a work of art using post-it notes detailing why they are “ PROUD to be” an ally or member of the LGBTQ community.
  • Tuesday, June 25: “A Drink & A Think – The International OUT Employee Experience” [email protected]’Oréal will host a Breakfast & Learn in Hudson Yards in NYC with other [email protected]’Oréal groups outside the US, holding a conversation with employees sharing their experiences of what’s it like to be “OUT” in other countries around the world.
  • Wednesday, June 26: [email protected]’Oréal will host a Big Gay Ice Cream Social in Hudson Yards with ice cream carts traveling the floors of L’Oréal at Hudson Yards. Donations will be accepted at to benefit the Ali Forney Center, an organization that protects LGBTQ youths from the harms of homelessness and empowering them with the tools needed to live independently.
  • Thursday, June 27: PRIDE “Then & Now” Lunch & Learn held at L’Oreal USA Hudson Yards headquarters. Participants will learn from a panel of external advocates about past wins and future steps in the struggle for LGBTQ equality.
  • Friday, June 28: Drag Queen Makeup Tutorial featuring make-up tips from fabulous Drag Queens on how to achieve the perfect drag look at company’s headquarters in Hudson Yards.
  • Sunday: WORLD PRIDE 800+ L’Oréal USA employees will march in the 2019 PRIDE March.
  • All week L’Oréal’s employee nail salon at the Hudson Yards headquarters will give Rainbow PRIDE manicures and pedicures featuring our Essie brand to employees who sign up.

[email protected]’Oréal is energized and is identifying opportunities to better engage with and bring about change in the LGBTQ community in and outside of L’Oréal USA,” said Xavier Vey, President, L’Oréal LUXE USA and Executive Sponsor of [email protected]’Oréal.
“I’m very proud to serve as the Executive Sponsor of [email protected] and strongly believe that it’s important for L’Oréal USA to support all the different dimensions of diversity, including the LGBTQ community.”

Lord Abbett

Lord, Abbett & Co. LLC, an independent, privately held investment management firm is furthering its commitment to diversity and inclusion—within the organization and beyond—with a series of events that will take place during Pride Month.

Outlining the firm’s activities, James White, Head of Diversity & Inclusion, said, “Our Pride Month celebration at Lord Abbett, which highlights the 50th year anniversary of Stonewall, is a reflection of our values as a company in driving equality for the LGBTQ+ community and all underrepresented communities.”

Lord Abbett’s Pride Month activities kicked off in bold style as the firm illuminated its headquarters on the Jersey City waterfront in the colors of the rainbow pride flag on the night of June 3, 2019. The lights will continue to show Lord Abbett’s support for the LGBTQ+ community every night in June.

In addition, Lord Abbett will host “Straight for Equality in the Workplace” ally training led by Jean-Marie Navetta, Director of Learning & Inclusion for PFLAG National, the nation’s first and largest organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) people, their families, and allies.

Later in June, Brian Bond, Executive Director of PFLAG National, will host a fireside chat at Lord Abbett with Jim Obergefell, the self-described accidental activist who was the plaintiff in the landmark U.S. Supreme Court marriage equality case.

Obergefell will share the story of his role as caregiver for his partner of more than 20 years, who was nearing the end of his life due to ALS. An unexpected series of events led to their decision to marry, eventually taking Obergefell to the Supreme Court and the ground-breaking decision in Obergefell v. Hodges that resulted in victory for marriage equality.

Month of June:

  • Main headquarters at 90 Hudson Street, Jersey City, NJ lit in rainbow flag colors
  • June 12th: Straight for Equality in the Workplace training with PFLAG
  • June 26th: Fireside chat and book signing event with Jim Obergefell and Brian Bond, the new Executive Director of PFLAG National. Jim’s book is: Love Wins: The Lovers and Lawyers Who Fought the Landmark Case for Marriage Equality

Massmutual

MassMutual is celebrating Pride Month by welcoming LGBTQ activist Amber Hikes to our Springfield, Mass. headquarters on June 20.

Hikes, the executive director of the Mayor’s Office of LGBT Affairs for the City of Philadelphia, is well-known for developing a new version of the rainbow flag that added black and brown stripes.

She will speak at the Pride Business Resource Group’s annual event that is open to all employees. Hikes’ speech will be centered on three concepts: the foundation of the LGBTQ community, intersectionality and allyship.

McDonald’s

For Pride Month in June of 2019, the McDonald’s National and MHQ Pride Employee Business Networks are working together to celebrate our Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender & Queer employees, customers and communities like never before. We will accomplish our mission in June ’19 by focusing on three pillars: Visibility, Engagement, and Celebration.

1. VISIBILITY

  • Pride at MHQ: The Pride Network will have an increased presence at the Corporate — Headquarters during Pride Month by running LGBTQ Employee Spotlights and Pride event promotions throughout June.

To be even more visible, the MHQ Pride Network will distribute Pride t-shirts, buttons, and stickers at various MHQ communal areas. This type of swag generates awareness for the Pride Network and promotes a culture of inclusivity.

  • Pride in the Field: The McDonald’s Pride Network is active at MHQ and within 10 Field Offices across the country. — A core McDonald’s value is “better together”; we exemplify this by staying connected to our Field colleagues.

We will be visible everywhere and plan to utilize distribution lists to communicate various Pride updates across Field Offices and MHQ.

  • Pride on the Web: To expand our reach, the McDonald’s Pride Network will leverage Yammer (internal social networking service) to share Pride events/updates, stories, and LGBTQ Employee Spotlights. — Especially during June, we encourage all employees to post, spread the love, celebrate Pride and equality!

2. ENGAGEMENT

  • Q2 Pride National Webcast on May 23rd — Leading up to Pride Month, the McDonald’s Pride Network hosted a Quarterly National Webcast on 5/23. The agenda was packed with incredible speakers, all of whom were McDonald’s LGBTQ or Ally employees.

The Webcast provided over 100 attendees with updates on business performance, Pride events, Pride Month History, and even featured Executives from the AIDS Foundation of Chicago.

  • MHQ Pride Reception Celebration — The MHQ Pride Network hosted a Reception Celebration to kick off Pride Month on 6/5. All MHQ Employees are encouraged to join as they end their work day to celebrate Pride Month with the McDonald’s MHQ Pride Network (drinks and food will be available on a first come, first serve basis).

The reception featured special guest Tim Andersen, US VP of Operations and the National PRIDE Executive Chair.

3. CALL TO CELEBRATE

  • 50th Anniversary of the Chicago Pride Parade on June 30th] — In a Big, Bold and Better Together effort, McDonald’s for the very first time will participate in the Chicago Pride Parade giving over one-million Chicagoans and visitors from around the world an opportunity to see and celebrate our brand!

The Chicago Pride Parade is an annual hallmark of Chicago’s summer celebrations. We are excited with the enthusiasm, support and sponsorship of Global People leadership, our MHQ Pride network members, and the hundreds of anticipated McDonald’s attendees and volunteers.

New York Life

New York Life is celebrating Pride Month with several exciting activities and events.

  • Throughout the month, New York Life will display the Names Project AIDS Memorial Quilt in the company’s headquarters and several remote sites, honoring and remembering those touched by the AIDS crisis.
  • NYLPRIDE, New York Life’s Employee Resource Group (ERG), will, for the tenth consecutive year, host their “Coming Out Stories Allies Panel” where employees will share their inspiring personal experiences on being an ally to family, friends and/or co-workers who have come out to them.

The ERG will also host a reception for Rep. Mark Takano, the first openly gay person of color to be elected to Congress.

Next, NYLPRIDE partners with PFLAG (the nation’s largest family and ally LGBTQ+ organization), broadening the understanding of gender with their “Gender Jargon” event, as well as demonstrating how to be better allies to the LGBTQ+ community.

Another highlight is having Amber Hikes, executive director of the Mayor’s Office of LGBTQ+ Affairs for the City of Philadelphia, speak on intersectionality as she challenges and empowers the attendees on how to be better allies.

NYLPRIDE believes in giving back to the community and is having networking fund raising activities throughout the month to benefit The Trevor Project, which is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ+ young people under 25.

  • Also, New York Life volunteers will serve dinner at the SAGE Center (the country’s largest and oldest organization dedicated to improving the lives of LGBTQ+ older adults) to more than 100 LGBTQ+ older adults, help with clean up, socialize and develop intergenerational relationships with the seniors.
  • The company will also celebrate the month by participating in Pride marches and parades in several states, capping off as a silver sponsor of the New York City Pride March, where employees, agents, family and friends will join in the World Pride festivities by riding on a float down Fifth Avenue!

This will be New York Life’s seventh year supporting NYC Pride with a float in the March.

Northern Trust

Northern Trust kicked off the month by updating the name of our North America LGBTA Business Resource Councils to NT PRIDE.

We will be participating in Pride Month via a number of different activities across our two largest offices in North America (Chicago and Tempe).

In both Chicago and Tempe, the Pride flag will be prominently displayed. Chicago’s flag will wave over the streets of Chicago outside of our headquarter building on LaSalle Street all month long.

The Tempe chapter of NT PRIDE is hosting a “Flying the Flag” ceremony on June 3 for all employees to commemorate the occasion in their location.

Our Chicago NT PRIDE chapter is hosting “Creating Cultures of Belonging,” an event featuring Out & Equal Executive Director Erin Uritus.

In alignment with Northern Trust valuing diversity as an essential element of our corporate culture, Erin will discuss the state of LGBTQ workplace equality and offer leadership strategies for fostering inclusion and belonging in the workplace.

We are looking forward to hosting members of Citywide Pride in addition to our own employees for this impactful event which will be followed by networking.

Additionally, Northern Trust’s Chicago office will be participating in the 50th Annual Pride Parade scheduled for June 30.

We have partnered with United Way of Metro Chicago as well as United Pride for the march in the parade. Our participants will wear a baseball hat from Northern Trust and a t-shirt from United Pride. Worth mentioning is that our Tempe NT PRIDE chapter participated in the Tempe Pride Parade this past April.

Novartis US

Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) facilitates the Novartis vision. It supports business and people strategies by encouraging innovation, driving engagement, and attracting talent. It is a fundamental part of our employee experience to enable growth, impact, and leadership. Through D&I, Novartis can help shape society as a whole with commitments to equity and economic and social sustainability.

We want every associate to feel acknowledged, respected and their voices heard to create a culture where everyone, including our LGBTQ associates, can present their full identity at work. We are proud that Novartis has pledged to uphold the United Nations LGBTI Code of Conduct standards of conduct for business for tackling discrimination against lesbian, gay, bi, trans, and intersex people– We support the five principles:

  1. At all times – respect human rights
  2. In the workplace – eliminate discrimination
  3. Provide support
  4. In the marketplace – prevent other human rights violations
  5. In the community – act in the public sphere

In the US, Novartis is celebrating Pride Month through various events and activities on and off campus. With the Pride Flag flying across US sites including East Hanover, Princeton, and Cambridge, we encourage associates to engage in storytelling on social media and internally, to foster inclusive conversations. A special webcast is planned to connect Novartis US sites with Basel headquarters to share reflections on why LGBTI equity matters at Novartis.

Our OPEN employee resource group (ERG) hit the ground running, beginning with the Garden State Equality Ball in Asbury Park, where Governor Murphy officially opened Pride Month for NJ, followed by the Pride parade. In Cambridge, Novartis’ Institutes for Biomedical Research (NIBR) also plans to walk in Boston’s Pride parade. Boston Pride’s theme this year is honoring the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Inn uprising and they are creating a float listing milestone events within the LGBTQ community in the US and globally. NIBR has marched in the parade for the last 5 years and has won awards for best float in previous years.

Other events include a fundraising drive for the Hetrick-Martin Institute in Newark – the first comprehensive LGBTQ youth out-of-school time program in New Jersey dedicated to providing youth who are at-risk of harassment, abuse, neglect, homelessness and disconnection with a safe, supportive environment in which to grow and thrive.

LGBTQ events will continue throughout the year, focusing on creating greater awareness of LGBTQ issues, strengthening our OPEN ERG membership, to create a culture of diversity and inclusion. In addition, specific health issues and concerns within the LGBTQ community will remain a priority with programs planned related to “Coming Out” Day in October.

Novartis US is very proud of our PRIDE events planned for this special month. We work to bring our vision of re-imagining medicine to life through valuing the diversity of people, nurturing an inclusive environment, and shaping positive social change.

Sanofi North America

Sanofi’s North America Inclusion and Diversity team, PRIDE Connect Employee Resource Group, and Parents Connect Employee Resource Group are hosting an inspirational program in honor of PRIDE Month – “The Cool in You: Powerful Stories and Conversation on Gender Identity.”

We are partnering with the GenderCool Project – a national storytelling campaign that is opening up the conversation around gender. On June 20, we will have five diverse transgender young people, GenderCool Champions, on site to share their journeys and insights into their daily lives, passions, successes and future goals. This program will demonstrate how people thrive when they are supported, included, and uplifted.

Sanofi employees are invited to bring their children, middle school age and older, to view this program. This is a way for Sanofi to offer parents an opportunity to support their child’s LGBTQ+ identity and for the students to hear affirming and empowering experiences from peers.

Sodexo

In recognition and celebration of LGBT Pride Month this June, Sodexo, in partnership with its Employee Business Resource Group PRIDE (People Respecting Individuality, Diversity and Equality), has planned several activities.

Sodexo kicked off LGBT Pride Month early on May 17th, the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOTB), with a global webinar called “A conversation with LGBTQ Executives in Sodexo”.

The webinar highlighted the journeys of several Sodexo’s LGBT executives from around the world and was designed to raise awareness and stimulate interest in LGBT rights. This year, over 400 employees joined the IDAHOTB webinar, which included employee viewing parties around the world.

As part of the kick off, PRIDE also launched two LGBT videos that showcased several proud Sodexo allies inviting other employees to join the movement.

Sodexo PRIDE, a proud sponsor of Capital Pride, will have groups marching in the Capital Pride, Buffalo Pride, and the Rhode Island Parades. Sodexo employees, families, and friends are invited and encouraged to take part in these parades.

Other activities open to our Sodexo employees include a Lunch and Learn on ways to be an ally, which will take place at the Pride Center of Western New York (WNY), as well as an Acts of Love Community Clean-Up in Orlando, FL

Internal celebrations are being promoted across Sodexo locations using various channels including: posters, internal websites, newsletters and social media.

Sodexo has consistently been recognized for its work in support of LGBTQ inclusion in workplaces and communities. The latest achievement includes recognitions from organizations such as Workplace Pride Survey, Human Rights Campaign (HRC), Out & Equal, and DiversityInc as one of the Top Companies for LGBT Employees.

Teradata

To celebrate Pride Month, employee volunteers and their families painted a rainbow crosswalk at the corporate HQ in San Diego. Read about it here.

Additionally, we have messaging throughout our sites sharing messaging celebrating Pride month and the company’s commitment to an inclusive culture. We also have Pride flags positioned throughout the campus.

Thermo Fisher Scientific

JUNE:

  • Flag raisings around the country and in Horsham, UK to be kicked off with Marc Casper and the CLT raising the Pride flag at the global corporate HQ.

Thermo Fisher Scientific will be represented in parades in:

  • Buffalo, NY (Grand Island chapter)
  • Boston
  • Pittsburgh
  • Frederick, MD
  • San Francisco
  • Hanover Park, IL chapter sponsoring a “Proud to Run” event
  • Eugene, OR chapter will sponsor a “Rainbow” bake sale

JULY:

  • San Diego Pride parade (Carlsbad chapter)

AUGUST:

  • Pride Events in both Eugene, OR and Horsham, UK

SEPTEMBER:

  • Blue Ridge Pride Parade (Asheville, NC chapter)

Unilever

This year, Unilever is sponsoring 2019 WorldPride in New York City, which marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising and WorldPride, to celebrate the progress made by the LGBTQIA+ community.

As a corporate ally to the LGBTQIA+ community, Unilever remains committed to championing equality, unity, fairness and respect within and beyond its business.

The company launched “United We Stand,” a Pride campaign that turns over the reins of its WorldPride sponsorship to six New York based organizations and six people at the forefront of communicating LGBTQIA+ culture to highlight the issues that merit decisive action.

“It is our privilege to provide a platform to the organizations that are on the front line of assisting with these important issues. The six allies we are partnering with for the United We Stand campaign work tirelessly to bring about equality and well-being to the LGBTQIA+ community,” said Mita Mallick, Head of Diversity and Cross-Cultural Marketing at Unilever North America.

“Acceptance and inclusion of the uniqueness of every individual is at the heart of our business. Through our partnership this Pride, we hope to galvanize a new wave of support for each of these organizations to continue in their important work of advocacy, support and education within the LGBTQIA+ community and beyond.”

Unum

Pride Month is here, and Unum is ready to celebrate! 19 years ago, this month, June was declared LGBTQ+ Pride Month in the U.S. This month commemorates the historic Stone Wall riots that occurred at the end of June in 1969 and celebrates the LGBTQ+ community and their positive impacts on the country.

What’s planned?

As part of Unum’s goal to embrace the power of inclusion and diversity, there will be many events taking place in June to celebrate Pride Month across our U.S. campuses in Baton Rouge, LA; Chattanooga, TN; Portland, ME; Columbia, SC; and Glendale, CA.

These activities and webcast events are also made available to employees at our Field Offices and for home workers across the country.

  • Week One: — The first week will be the Pride Month Kickoff. This is a chance for employees to meet and greet with our LGBTQ+ Employee Resource Group members and show support of the LGBTQ+ community.
  • Week Two: — Employees are invited to wear their favorite color and come together to take a giant group ROYGBIV rainbow photo on their campus.
  • Week Three: — Unum’s Portland’s campus is hosting Mary Bonauto on June 20 as part of the company’s Power to Include Speaker Series. Described as “our Thurgood Marshall,” Mary is a civil rights attorney, and she successfully argued and won marriage equality to the U.S. Supreme Court, inevitably leading to legalizing same-sex marriage across the U.S.

Live viewing sessions and an online webcast are available for all company employees in the U.S., U.K., Ireland, Field Offices and home workers.

  • Week Four: — The last week will hold a special Employee Education Panel where our colleagues from all campuses speak on what it’s like to be part of the LGBTQ+ community at home and work.

This second installment is a wonderful opportunity for employees to hear the impactful and eye-opening experiences and stories of their colleagues. Last year, the panel event received positive feedback from Unum’s senior leaders and executives as an eye-opening and inspiring event.

Why is this important to Unum?

Making sure everyone feels safe and comfortable coming to work and bringing their best selves is a top priority for Unum. We believe that embracing everyone’s diversity, back grounds and identities creates an environment that can thrive and provide greater service as a company.

Pride Month is just one of many important movements that Unum supports and embraces. Recently, Unum became a sponsor of Equality Maine and GLAD (GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders), and the company secured a perfect score on the HRC Corporate Equality Index for being one of the most inclusive places to work.

U.S. Cellular

For Pride Month and all cultural celebrations, the Diversity & Inclusion team creates physical standing banners for our high volume offices and Customer Care Centers. We also have a similar graphic featured in a prominent location on our company intranet site.

In addition, USC Pride Associate Resource Group is hosting and participating in various events and activities through the month of June including:

Tulsa

  • Hosting Pride Week at the USCC Tulsa Customer Care Center
  • Participating in Rainglow Run
  • Participating in Tulsa Pride Parade

Chicago

  • Pride Awareness Month Celebration

Portland

  • Pride Portland! (Festival and Parade)

Milwaukee

  • Pride Parade

Verizon

Verizon is celebrating Pride Month with the theme: “All of Us. Connected by Pride.” We are all different and yet we understand and connect with one another. We have different activities planned for the month:

  • June 3: Craig Silliman—Verizon’s general counsel and executive vice president for public policy, and also executive sponsor of our employee resource group Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Employees of Verizon and their Allies (GLOBE)—kicked off Pride Month. See his letter to employees.
  • Pride Parades: Verizon employees will be marching in 19 Pride Parades throughout the U.S. including Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Charlotte, Chicago, L.A., Nashville, New York and many more.
  • “Come out as an ally” — straight for equality in the workplace training: Partnering with PFLAG National – the first and largest organization uniting families and allies with LGBTQ people – Verizon’s GLOBE employee resource group has been conducting allies training and will continue to do so during and beyond Pride Month. This program helps employees understand what it means to be allies and how, as a community of allies, they can promote respect, inclusion, and equity of all LGBTQ employees.
  • June 12: Verizon Pride global webcast—As a company, we will get together and have engaging discussions about coming out, challenges faced, and the importance of belonging. The event will be livestreamed on social media—see details here.
  • Supplier showcase: we will feature a Verizon supplier in the LGBTQ community in our intranet and discuss the impact of economic inclusion for diverse suppliers.

Viacom

Here are a few key events that our LGBT ERG (Emerge) is spearheading in June at Viacom for Pride Month:

  • June 6th — Employee Screening of Paramount film ‘Rocketman’
  • June 11th — Lunch and Learn on Global Attitudes Sexual Diversity Research – annual research on how people feel about LGBTQ around the world.
  • June 30th – Participation in Pride Parade by walking with Viacom float

Wells Fargo

This year, in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall uprising, Wells Fargo is sponsoring several events to commemorate a significant, and pivotal moment in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) history.

Wells Fargo is:

  • A presenting sponsor of a groundbreaking exhibit at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. called “Rise Up: Stonewall and the LGBTQ Rights Movement.”
  • Sponsoring 2019 World Pride taking place in New York City in June 2019, marking the first time World Pride will have been hosted in the United States.
  • The founding partner of Pride Live’s REBEL628 Campaign. Pride Live, a social advocacy and community engagement organization for the LGBTQ community, launched the REBEL628 campaign, with Wells Fargo’s support.
    It’s a multi-year initiative that will empower and advance the fight for full LGBTQ equality across the globe.
  • Providing financial support to The Trevor Project, an organization has been fighting LGBTQ youth suicide since 1998, to expand its services by opening up 24-hour chat and text counseling services. The expanding hours of TrevorText allows The Trevor Project to be mobile friendly, which is important for youth who may not have access to a computer or who have more privacy from their mobile device.
  • Running messages about Pride month on many of our ATM screens and in-branch videos, which include mention of the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall uprising and a message from SAGE, a non-profit organization serving the needs of LGBTQ elders.
  • Launching our national “Empowerful” campaign, which celebrates diversity in all of its forms, through an inclusive and intersectional message celebrating our diverse customers’ accomplishments and Wells Fargo’s commitment to helping them achieve what’s next.
  • Continuing our support and participation in Pride events in more than 60 markets across the country.

Zurich North America

Zurich is proud to be celebrating Pride Month in honor of the LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer) community and its allies and is committed to providing a diverse and inclusive culture for all employees.

The PrideZ Employee Resource Group (ERG) provides development opportunities for employees, encourages open dialogue across the organization, and celebrates the diverse backgrounds and opinions that make up our workforce.

LGBTQ Pride Month kicks off at Zurich with Annual Color Campaign

PrideZ will once again conduct The Color Campaign during the month of June to show Zurich’s support for the LGBTQ community.

During these weeks, employees are encouraged to wear a designated color corresponding to the LGBTQ rainbow flag and share their pride by posting a selfie on the company’s Workplace site and/or on external social media sites, such as LinkedIn or Twitter.

Below is the color schedule for the month:

  • Week of June 3: Red
  • Week of June 10: Orange/Yellow
  • Week of June 17: Green
  • Week of June 24: Blue/Purple

Additional events hosted by PrideZ include:

  • PrideZ Pride Month Kick-Off – Employees will meet for a morning kickoff celebrating Pride Month! Refreshments will be served. Employees will get to know your fellow PrideZ members and new, potential members!
  • PrideZ Bake Sales — Employees will help support local charity organizations serving the LGBTQ community by raising funds through a company Bake Sale. For example, Youth Outlook, a local Chicago suburb charity helping at-risk LGBTQ Youth.
  • Toronto Pride and Remembrance Run — Zurich colleagues will participate in the 2019 Pride & Remembrance Run is a 5k run and a 3k walk, welcoming runners and walkers of all paces and abilities. This run is the largest of its kind in Canada and is one of the most popular running events in Toronto!
  • Speaker Event: Human Rights Campaign – Engaging a Diverse Workforce — PrideZ welcomes a member of the Human Rights Campaign to discuss engagement of a diverse and inclusive workforce. As an individual contributor or as a manager, change starts with YOU. PrideZ will continue the discussion on virtual social sites for employees to continue the dialogue.
  • Proud to Run 2019 – Chicago — PrideZ members in Chicago will take part in the 38th Annual Proud to Run Half Marathon, 10K run, and 5K run/walk.
  • Pride Parade- Chicago — An opportunity to support diversity and inclusion and celebrate the close of Pride month. Zurich North America is an official participant in the Chicago Pride Parade, and employees have the opportunity to walk in the parade along with one guest.
  • Pride Month Event: Featured Role Models — Throughout Pride Month, PrideZ will showcase the amazing and diverse talent of its membership base with several “Role Model” profiles. These stories will be shared on internal employee sites to help spark inspiration and support for the LGBTQ community at Zurich.

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