In honor of Pride Month, we asked some of our employees from around the world to share what pride means to them, insights on how to become a better LGBTQIA+ ally and advice for being your true, authentic self.
“You can’t just throw up a couple of ads or say we’re here for June and disappear,” Tim Bennett, a marketing consultant and former marketing executive at Subaru who led the company’s groundbreaking LGBTQ+-focused marketing campaign in the 1990s, told TNW in August 2020. "People are going to call nonsense on that,” he said. “You have to have some sort of consistency or at least a plan of continuity.”
For companies of all sizes, building and keeping a competitive advantage in today’s dynamic market requires much more than offering products and services people want. Customers and employees alike want to be engaged with businesses that reflect their values.
The award‑winning actress, producer and equal rights advocate joined T‑Mobile’s latest Talking with Trailblazers event in celebration of Pride month to discuss the realities of the current transgender experience.
“One of my favorite Brené Brown quotes is, ‘When we deny our stories, those stories define us. But when we can own our stories, we can write a brave new ending.’”
We stand in solidarity with the LGBTQ+ community in celebrating Pride Month. WSP regions worldwide participate in the annual global observance so we can better understand each other’s experiences and help shape a world in which all people are welcomed and included. Here at WSP USA, we ask you to join us in celebrating the LGBTQ+ community through personal stories of accomplishments and insights.
In honor of Pride Month, we highlight Customer Resolution Expert Joe Richards and his community photo project “Proud to Be,” which T‑Mobile has adopted companywide this year. Joe curates experiences as an art form. His masterpiece? Inclusion.
By Marissa Mancini and Shawna Ryan
Joe Richards is many things — but first, he was a kindergartener.
“I think most people know the kind of field trip — all the little kindergartners take their lunches and coats and pile into a bus together and head to a museum,” he remembers.
“At the end of ours, they asked all the kids to present what they wanted to be when they grew up. I knew I wanted to be an artist, but my strongest memory from that moment is listening to everyone else’s answers and wanting to understand the ‘why’ behind them.”
June marks the 51st celebration of Pride Month in the United States, a time when millions of people across the globe come together in support of the LGBTQ+ community. S&P Global not only celebrates diversity, they prioritize it.
“When it comes to the fight for our rights as members of the LGBTQ+ community, we still have a long way to go, but at S&P Global I did not have to fight for my rights – they were already protected in the first place.” - Melody, Manila, Philippines
In the city of New York, where the Stonewall uprising began in 1969, and in some cities around the world, June is Pride Month. A time when the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Queer community (LGBTQ+) and their allies gather to commemorate Stonewall’s impact in our larger society, celebrate the community’s history and culture, and uplift LGBTQ+ voices and rights. Participants also acknowledge progress and hurdles around prejudice in all forms and honor the diverse dimensions that all people bring to society and business.
At Entergy, we are proud to celebrate Pride Month throughout the month of June.
While the contributions of our gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer stakeholders are evident every day, this month is a great opportunity to shine a light on the need for greater awareness, respect, and dignity for our LGBTQ family members, friends, and community members.
This year our Pride Employee Resource Group held several awareness events including our second virtual Pride parade, and virtual discussions on LGBTQ Parents & Kids, and Transgender Women of Color.