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How DBP Members are Celebrating LGBTQ+ Pride Month 2023

June 2023

In June 1999, President Clinton issued a proclamation that made June 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 enforced 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 allies celebrate Pride in different ways. In addition to this month-long 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 is another option to show support throughout the month. Some organizations include:

Below, see what some DBP members are doing to celebrate and honor LGBTQ+ Pride Month in 2023:

Allstate Insurance Company

For Pride month, Allstate will be hosting the following events for employees:

Additionally, Allstate will take part in PRIDE Parades and Festivals in Chicago, Charlotte, and Phoenix. Executive Leadership will be posting on their personal LinkedIn profiles and the Allstate Corporate LinkedIn page will include highlights throughout the month, include an employee storytelling post.


Capgemini will be hosting the following events for Pride month:


Cedars-Sinai will host the following events during Pride month:

Cedars-Sinai staff can show their Pride by using #CedarsPride on all social media platforms.

Freddie Mac

Freddie Mac’s Pride business resource group (BRG) will host journalist and historian Channing Gerard Joseph to discuss how Black LGBTQ+ leaders and culture have shaped history. The BRG will host LGBTQ+ housing panel discussions, ally training, and a conversation on transgender and non-binary experiences. Employees will celebrate drag and discuss gender expression with Brita Filter, season 12 contestant on the reality show RuPaul’s Drag Race. The BRG will also lead a company-wide community outreach activity in support of the Boys and Girls Club. Freddie Mac’s Pride month activities help the company continue to build a community where people can be their authentic selves.

Estée Lauder Companies

For Pride Month, Estée Lauder Companies is doing the following to celebrate:


Gallagher’s Global CHRO will be sending out an all-employee message focused on the importance of Pride month and celebrating diversity in all its forms. One of the company’s divisions in Australia was a sponsor of Sydney’s WorldPride this past February, which included a Human Rights Conference and a First Nations Gathering, among many other events for LGBTQ+ communities worldwide.

Colleagues have the opportunity to march in Pride Parades in several locations including Chicago, London, and Glasgow. Gallagher is also hosting a Family Pride event at Gallagher Way Wrigley Field alongside the Chicago Cubs. Many divisions will be hosting their own events related to LGBTQ+ pride involving opportunities for volunteering, philanthropic donations, and community building.

With external partnerships, Gallagher has several events planned. For the third consecutive year, Gallagher is supporting the Legacy Project Education Initiative, which works to affirm the lives of LGBTQ+ people in history and educate and inspire the public. Gallagher will be supporting The Trevor Project, an organization focused on preventing LGBTQ+ teen suicide through their free, anonymous crisis hotline. In the UK, Gallagher is once again an official title partner for Premiership Rugby, through which the company is proud to support Rainbow Laces. This campaign promotes equality and inclusivity in sports for LGBTQ+ people to demonstrate that everyone is welcome at all levels of sport, no matter their background.

Gallagher will further be highlighting their involvement on the company’s intranet in a spotlight article. The company will feature resources for colleagues to read, listen, or watch to learn more about the LGBTQ+ community. Some divisions are hosting webinars and coffee chats to promote internal dialogue and courageous conversations on the topic. Additionally, a panel event featuring Gallagher’s Global Directory of Inclusion and Diversity will host a conversation with one of the company’s division CEOs speaking on the topic of active Allyship.

Gallagher will be posting about the importance of Pride month on all of the company’s social media platforms on the first of the month. Every Friday throughout the month the company will be spotlighting a colleague from the LGBTQ+ community to share their story.

Horizon BCBSNJ

Horizon’s LGBTQ+ affinity group (AG), Spectrum, will host their annual Pride Month celebration with a focus on Understanding the LGBTQ+ cultural experience and will also celebrate Spectrum’s 10th Anniversary. Guest speakers include:

Horizon will be creating social posts for all the company’s social media platforms, including Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram. Additionally, Horizon BCBS will be changing corporate social network logos to the company’s Pride logos for the month of June.


For Pride Month, KPMG has a variety of events being hosting throughout the month. These include the following:

In addition to the above internal events open to employees, KPMG is hosting a number of external opportunities as well, including:

Merck & Co.

Merck is celebrating Pride Month with the following events:


Moody’s is excited to celebrate and advocate for LGBTQ+ culture and experiences with a range of events globally, including a virtual Drag Queen Bingo event and a discussion on “Trans Visibility in Focus (At the Intersection of Race and Gender Identity)” co-sponsored by the NY Pride and NY Black Impact business resource groups (BRGs). Employees will also have the opportunity to listen to a Heart-to-Heart PRIDE discussion with a Moody’s senior leader employee and to participate in a Group Career Advice that is designed to provide advice through knowledge sharing in an ‘inclusive and intimate’ setting.

On social media, Moody’s Corporation logo will reflect Pride colors during the month of June to stand in solidarity with the LGBTQ+ community.


Nationwide will be hosting the following events to celebrate Pride Month:

The company is also celebrating alongside external partner organizations, including the Human Rights Campaign, Stonewall Columbus, Cap City Pride, Phoenix Pride, and San Antonio Sponsorships and Partnerships. Follow along on Nationwide’s LinkedIn and Instagram for more information.

PNC Bank, N.A.

PNC Bank will be hosting an enterprise event as part of the company’s “PNC The Thread Series” in recognition of LGBTQ+ Pride Month featuring Wade Davis, Vice President of Inclusion Strategy for Product at Netflix and former NFL player. Registration is required and is open to PNC employees, clients, prospects, and community partners. In addition, several of PNC’s Proud Employee Business Resource Groups (EBRGs) are participating in LGBTQ+ Pride Month events in their respective markets, including hosting watch events for the Wade Davis presentation:

PNC sponsors LGBTQ+ Pride events in several markets across the company’s footprint. PNC is a Human Rights Campaign national corporate partner and for more than a decade, PNC has been recognized as one of the “Best Places to Work for LGBTQ Equality.”

PNC Proud, PNC’s LGBTQ+ Employee Business Resource Group, is participating in Pride events across the company’s locations. PNC’s social channels will highlight this community involvement as well as celebrating the company’s inclusion in the HRC’s Best Places to Work for LGBTQ+ Equality. In addition, PNC will promote a special LGBTQ+ Pride Month event featuring VP of Inclusion & Product at Netflix, Former NFL Player, Corporate Inclusion Advisor & Educator, Wade Davis, who will share transformative solutions, how new media is disrupting the status quo, and strategies for building an inclusive culture in our communities. Follow this link to register.

Stanford Health Care

Stanford Health Care is hosting the following events to celebrate Pride Month:


To celebrate Pride Month, Sodexo has several events prepared for their employees, including:

As part of a social media campaign, Sodexo will have articles and blogs from senior leaders, PRIDE EBRG leaders and more. Follow along on the company’s LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram with the hashtags #SodexoPRIDE, #Belong, and #WeareSodexo.


To celebrate Pride Month, Unity will host the following events:

Follow along with Unity’s programming on their LinkedIn and Instagram social media platforms.

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