By Deanna Keenan
In June 1999, President Clinton issued a proclamation that designated June as LGBTQ+ Pride Month.
June marks the historic anniversary of the Stonewall Riots on June 27, 1969. New York Beverage Control Board agents and NYC police officers raided the bar—locally known as a gay bar—to enforce a rarely implemented alcohol control law. Those within the bar were forced out, beaten, and arrested with no just cause. The patrons of the bar fought back against the police brutality, and as word spread, the crowd grew larger as people came together to protest the mistreatment of the LGBTQ+ bar-goers. In March 2000, the Stonewall Inn was declared a national historical landmark and was cited as the birthplace of the modern LGBTQ+ civil rights movement.
Every June, the LGBTQ+ community and its allies celebrate Pride in different ways. In addition to this monthlong celebration, Pride month is also an opportunity to peacefully protest, address disparities that disproportionately impact LGBTQ+ individuals, donate to organizations that support the LGBTQ+ community, and raise political awareness of current issues facing the community.
There are many virtual offerings this year to celebrate LGBTQ+ Pride Month, including:
Charitable donations to organizations promoting and advancing LGBTQ+ rights are other options to show support throughout the month. Organizations include:
June also honors Juneteenth, which is celebrated on June 19 and commemorates the emancipation of African American slaves in the United States. The day marks when federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas, to ensure all enslaved people in the state were freed. Enslaved people in Texas were unaware that they were free, even after the last battle was fought in 1865 and more than two years after Congress passed the 13th Amendment. Juneteenth has long been celebrated in Black American culture, and in 2021, President Joe Biden formally declared Juneteenth as a federal holiday.
Over the past few years, momentum around the holiday has built up, with companies launching programs to recognize the holiday. Now that it has been designated as a federal holiday, more organizations are honoring Juneteenth through paid time off and planned volunteer activities or discussions to build awareness around racism and disparities that disproportionately affect African Americans.
Below, see what some DBP members are doing to celebrate and honor LGBTQ+ Pride Month and Juneteenth in 2022.
Capgemini’s OUTfront ERG is hosting Pride events in Houston, NYC, Chicago, SFO, Dallas, and Salt Lake City. During the week of June 20, the ERG will host a “T-Time” panel discussion focused on transgender issues and will host a drag king show.
Capgemini is also participating in the Nashville Pride parade. Social media actions include a Global Pride campaign through Capgemini’s global ERG, OUTfront.
For Juneteenth, their African American and Black People Transforming Capgemini (AABPT) ERG will be hosting an event for employees.
Estée Lauder’s wELCome ERG is honoring Pride Month in various ways:
The Estée Lauder Companies’ offices are closed in honor of Juneteenth. The company will also host another ERG event open to all employees featuring Ibram X. Kendi, author of How to Be an Antiracist.
Experian is celebrating Pride Month globally, uniting under one theme: Together we make progress.
Internal actions and events include:
Experian’s social teams are changing the brand emblems for the month to show support for the LGBTQ+ community across the globe. Experian will use the hashtag #TogetherWeMakeProgress in social posts to highlight the company’s impact on the LGBTQ+ community, their diverse employees, and the proud partnerships with LGBTQ+ nonprofits.
The company is also proud to support and partner with leading LGBTQ+ nonprofit organizations across the globe, including the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, Out & Equal, Stonewall, Mermaids, Switchboard, and Terrence Higgins Trust.
Beyond Pride Month, Experian proudly supports the LGBTQ+ community year-round. From highly engaging workplace events sponsored by the Pride Employee Resource Group to benefits programs specifically designed to support their LGBTQ+ employees, the rich and colorful culture is one where employees can truly bring their whole selves to work.
The organization affirms the identities of transgender and nonbinary consumers by providing a way for them to update their names on their Experian credit report. Read more about this action and process via this blog post, “Experian Supports Transgender and Non-binary Consumers with Name Change Process on Credit Reports.”
The LGBTQ+ community is not immune to hate crimes, but by Experian supporting its employees through inclusive benefits, strategic nonprofit partnerships, and creating safe spaces at work, the company is fostering a space where everyone belongs. To learn more about their work in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, both internally and externally, please visit Experian.com/Diversity.
A note for Juneteenth: Experian’s communities were heavily affected by recent hate crime events. The company remains steadfast in support of its employees during these troubling times. Experian values the contributions from their Black communities and stands shoulder to shoulder with them.
Juneteenth is a corporate holiday, enabling their employees to take time to reflect on this historic event. Additionally, the Karibu ERG, whose mission is to enrich the lives of Experian’s Black employees, is organizing a Juneteenth celebration that includes a dynamic discussion with Dr. Nicholas Pierce on leading and influencing with authenticity and a jazz performance from renowned musician Dr. Gordan Vernick.
HSBC is hosting an NYC in-person PRIDE social celebration including a DJ and drag queen performance.
The company is also hosting PRIDE marches in Chicago and Buffalo, New York. It will also host a presentation of the HSBC 2022 PRIDE Inclusion Award.
On June 1, HSBC is hosting the #24HoursOfPride Launch, an LGBTQ+ inclusion discussion with HSBC’s United States and Americas head of HR and Out Leadership. Also on June 1, HSBC will host a global event: a master class on mindfulness.
External actions include:
Ionis Pharmaceuticals is creating “Safe Space Ally” signs for people to display in their workspaces and creating Ionis Pride shirts. There will also be a company-wide event screening of the Intersexion documentary, a panel discussion on gender identity and impact at work, and a luncheon.
Social media actions include a posting campaign internally and externally on LGBTQIA+ scientists who have globally contributed to scientific research.
The company has also signed the CEO Pledge for a More Equitable and Inclusive Life Sciences Industry.
KPMG is launching a Pride Month kickoff video for employees featuring their CDEIO and National ERG co-chair, where they will:
Externally, many KPMG local chapters will be participating in local Pride Parades to encourage Pride and visibility in their communities. Some of these chapters include Chicago, Cincinnati, Dallas, Denver, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, and San Francisco.
KPMG’s Houston Pride chapter will be volunteering at the Montrose/Hatch Youth LGBTQIA Youth Prom. Hatch Youth is Houston’s oldest, currently active social group dedicated to empowering LGBTQIA+ youth between the ages of 7 and 20. Hatch Youth groups provide a safe and affirming environment where youth can socialize, make new friends, and engage in educational and creative activities to help youth in and around Houston not just survive, but thrive.
Social media actions for Pride Month include KPMG’s CEO and CDEIO posting internal and external acknowledgements for Pride Month throughout the month of June.
Juneteenth is a firm-wide observance for KPMG, and all employees take the day off to honor this important date. As Juneteenth falls on a Sunday this year, June 20 will be the day off for employees.
On June 14th (subject to change), KPMG will be hosting “Building Black Wealth: A Juneteenth Conversation, Sponsored by KPMG” on Twitter Spaces, which will be a conversation on the Black workforce in the United States and tangible steps to building or enhancing financial wealth.
Description of Session: Despite significant progress that Black Americans have made in recent decades to attain higher education, corporate leadership positions, and entrepreneurship, there continues to remain a gap in large-scale wealth accumulation within this community. With more than 19 million Black Americans representing the nation’s workforce* and a projected spending power of $1.8 trillion by 2024**, it’s critical to ensure today’s Black talent—from corporate leaders to entrepreneurs—are armed with practical tools and resources to empower them to enhance their financial wellness for generations to come. As we head into Juneteenth, hear from financial experts from KPMG’s Private Equity practice and the Center for Black Excellence who share insights on:
i. Historical systemic challenges that have resulted in barriers to wealth accumulation for Black Americans—and how those barriers have been overcome
ii. Calculating your personal net worth by assessing assets and liabilities over time
iii. Actionable steps to convert income into wealth
iv. Considerations to keep in mind when selecting your financial planner
v. Ways to assess benefits and compensation provided by your employer
On June 16th, the African Ancestry Business Resource Group (BRG) will host a Juneteenth membership meeting intended to be celebratory (e.g., recognize individual key accomplishments) and a call to action for continued engagement in support of the firm’s Accelerate 2025 priorities.
This year, Nasdaq will be hosting its annual LGBTQ+ Leaders conference on June 21, 2022, at its Marketsite Headquarters in Times Square in NYC. Each year, Nasdaq’s LGBTQ+ leaders conference attracts outstanding LGBTQ+ leaders and allies to share their experiences with our 300+ participants, across over 200 publicly traded companies.
Conference participants mostly consist of LGBTQ+ employees across a gamut of companies who are active in their companies’ LGBTQ+ employee networks and help to champion LGBTQ+ causes in their workplaces. This year, Nasdaq’s conference theme is “Queer Through the Years.” The aim is to spotlight the multigenerational queer experience in today’s workplace and explore the experiences of their leaders and their advice; what connects LGBTQ+ people across a myriad of intersectionalities; and what are some of the calls to action as a community.
Beth Ford, CEO of Land O’Lakes and the first openly gay female CEO of a Fortune 500 company will be a keynote speaker. Assaf Rappaport, Co-founder and CEO of Wiz, will be another keynote speaker. The company will have three panels.
Nasdaq will be celebrating Pride and covering the LGBTQ+ Leaders conference on its social media platforms.
Nasdaq will also be ringing the bell for Juneteenth and providing intersectional queer/Black Juneteenth resources for employees from the HRC.
Sodexo invites employees to celebrate and recognize the positive impact and legacy of the LGBTQ+ community at local, national, and international levels.
Employees can get Involved by participating in all or any of June’s events, listed below:
PRIDE 101: Safe Space | Wednesday, June 1, at 4 p.m. ET
Join the Pride National Leadership team as they create a space for employees to ask the questions that they might have never been comfortable to ask. The team will be talking and answering any and all questions related to the LGBTQ+ community. This will be a relaxed call with no judgment as everyone is always learning.
Seramount Member Webinar | Thursday, June 2, at 12 p.m. ET
Celebrate Pride Month with Seramount! This program will offer equal parts inspiration and practical tips and tools to empower individuals, ERGs, and communities to do their best work. It will feature stories that amplify and uplift the efforts of individuals and employee resource groups working to support the LGBTQ+ community both at their organizations and in the communities in which they serve.
SoTogether Mid-Atlantic & PRIDE Present Gambling on Greatness—Career Risk Taking in Pursuit of Your Passion | Wednesday, June 8, at 3:30 p.m. ET
Join the conversation with the amazing talents behind Little Rock Films + Studios. Dynamic Atlantic City-based partners—in production and in life—Dina Engel and Sherry McCracken both walked away from successful business careers nearly a decade ago to pursue their passions in storytelling and bring quality projects to the world.
Toastmasters | Tuesday, June 14, at 12:30 p.m. ET
Toastmasters can help improve leadership skills through public speaking in a supportive and comfortable setting. Employees can learn online meeting skills to become a better communicator, public speaker, and leader. AJ Francavilla, PRIDE USA Chair & Global Pride Co-Lead, will present “Why Inclusive Language Matters and How to Incorporate Inclusive language in a Simple Way.”
Gallery Walk with i-Gen: Intergenerational Reference Points, LGBTQ+ Leadership and You | Wednesday, June 22, at 2 p.m. ET
This event asks: Have you been caught off guard that the song you’ve been singing is already a decade old? Where does the time go? And how do our generational reference points manifest in our LGBTQ+ leadership? One answer: “Belonging is fostered by the recognition that our diverse life experiences enrich us as a collective, rather than divide us. When we talk about ‘LGBTQ history’ we need to recognize these differences and ensure that we account for them in creating reference points that compel action and forge understanding.”—Deena Fidas, Managing Director, Chief Program and Partnerships Officer, Out & Equal
Join the i-Gen ERG in partnership with PRIDE for an intergenerational look at LGBTQ+ milestones across the decades and how they’ve impacted our communities.
Coqual Presents: Keeping Course on the Journey to Full LGBTQ+ Inclusion | Thursday, June 23, at 2 p.m. ET
This event will present key findings from Coqual research about this sizable cohort and provide actionable ways companies can recognize and meet the needs of LGBTQ+ employees. Viewers will learn about the impact and importance of allyship and share tips for building more inclusive workplaces.
Leadership Talk with Dr. Steve Yacovelli (AKA “the Gay Leadership Dude”): The Top 6 Leadership Competencies Everyone Should Know & Grow | Tuesday, June 28, at 2 p.m. ET
In this session, Dr. Steve Yacovelli will share with employees what he’s discovered to be the Top 6 Leadership competencies (or skills) everyone wanting to be a rock star leader should focus on.
Sodexo will also feature employee voice social media postings throughout the month in honor of Pride.
In honor of Pride Month, Unity is hosting an Allyship workshop presented by PFLAG, a Queerness in Gaming event hosted by Game Master Guy Sclanders, a Fireside chat with LGBTQ+ ERG executive sponsors, and a video compilation of employees describing “what pride means to me.”
The company will also host local pride events and marches in 20+ offices around the country.
Their social media actions include posts to LinkedIn and Instagram stories and a blog post highlighting LGBTQ+ employee in their “Faces of Unity” campaign.
Unity is honoring Juneteenth with a companywide holiday.US Foods
US Foods is hosting an event titled Mental Health & Pride with a guest speaker from Included Health. The theme is You Matter, I Matter, THEY Matter. In addition, US Foods is hosting a Pride Coffee Talk LGBTQ+ Trivia and a Pride & Juneteenth Celebration Week, as well as an LGBTQ+ Allyship event.
The company’s Pride Alliance and BRIDGE (Black Resources for Inclusion, Diversity, Growth and Empowerment) ERGs will also team up during a weeklong celebration.
Verisk will host employee network events; Pride parades in London, Edinburg, and Houston; panel discussions; and LGBTQ+ employee awareness training.
External actions include US community partnerships, a RISE partnership, and a hiring and career fair in India. Verisk’s social media campaign will feature employee stories and videos on LinkedIn in June.
The Office of Staff Diversity & Inclusion invites employees to join LGBTQ+ community members and hear what they say about fostering inclusiveness at Weill Cornell Medicine. Each week, their LGBTQ+ employees will answer one question about their identities, ideas, and experiences. Weill Cornell has started off already by asking “What does Pride Month mean to you?” and “What are some misperceptions people may have about the LGBTQ+ community?”
In the next few weeks, Weill Cornell will continue to explore how its LGBTQ+ community has navigated some unique workplace challenges, what it is like to be heard and seen, how people can be better allies, and how WCM can be a more LGBTQ+-inclusive company.
Pronouns are one of the many ways employees identify themselves. As employees join WCM’s workforce, they are encouraged to use various pronouns as WCM wants to respect everyone’s identity. During this Pride Month, WCM is proud to announce the launch of the WCM Pronouns Guide. The Pronouns Guide discusses the importance of asking about people’s pronouns and the different types of pronouns, and shares best practices on how to start a conversation about pronouns and how to signal inclusion through employees’ everyday practices. WCM encourages employees to share the guide with their teams or ask their managers about it.