Legg Mason Celebrates Pride Month

Jun 27, 2019 8:00 AM ET

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, arguably the most significant turning point in history for the LGBTQ+ Rights movement.  LEAD, Legg Mason’s LGBTQ+ Employees & Allies for Diversity employee resource group, is focused on creating a safe, open, inclusive and productive work community for all employees without regard to sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. In addition to establishing and recognizing allies and offering awareness education and training, LEAD provides both financial and volunteer support to key organizations in the U.S. and U.K.

This year, LEAD celebrated Legg Mason’s achievement of a 100% score on the Human Rights Coalition’s Corporate Equality Index and showcased its efforts to encourage diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Below are four recent LEAD events related to Pride Month. 

Legg Mason marches in the 44th Annual Baltimore Pride Parade
On June 15th, colleagues, family members and friends marched in Baltimore’s 44th Annual Pride Parade and handed out branded merchandise to attendees.

LEAD participates in the New York and Baltimore AIDS Walks, raising over $14,000
Members of LEAD in New York participated in AIDS Walk New York and raised money to benefit the Gay Men’s Health Crisis.

On June 9th, members of LEAD and their families and friends participated in the Baltimore AIDS Walk and Music Festival, earning the Top Corporate Fundraising Trophy for the second year in a row.  Proceeds for the walk benefited Chase Brexton Health Center.

LEAD Members and friends celebrate Pride by seeing performances of the London Gay Men’s Chorus and the New York Gay Men’s Chorus
On June 15th, LEAD attended Hitsville, a show celebrating the iconic sound of Motown and its influence over the last 60 years performed by the London Gay Men’s Chorus.

LEAD is also coming together for the New York City Gay Men’s Chorus concert “Quiet No More:  A Choral Celebration of Stonewall” on June 27th at Carnegie Hall.

2019 Ally Award Recipients
Earlier this month, LEAD recognized three exceptional allies within Legg Mason with its 2019 Ally Awards. This year’s recipients have demonstrated their dedication to the LGBTQ+ community, especially in regard to empowering the LGBTQ+ employees of Legg Mason to bring their authentic selves to work every day. 

“Our support of the LGBTQ+ community is an important part of our overall diversity and inclusion strategy,” said Regina Curry, Legg Mason’s Chief Diversity Officer. “As a company, it’s important for us to encourage diverse perspectives at every level, work together toward shared goals and champion social equality.”

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