Pride month is upon us and all around the world people are spreading the word. From the 2015 Pride Parade in Tel Aviv to the countless events in New York City, the world is showing off LGBT support in every way. Being an ally is an easy for anyone to do, but it’s time to take a step further and focus on what your workplace can do to be a LGBT supporter.
Our ideas to show our support for Pride
- Our Diversity and Inclusion campaign, Love Has No Labels, was launched to challenge people to reconsider biases they don’t even know they have, and reduce the discrimination people experience in everyday life. Our Viral campaign brings together well-recognized companies like Coca-Cola Inc. and PepsiCo and Non-Profits including the Human Rights Campaign and AARP.
- In addition to the campaign, Love Has No Labels shirts are being sold and are available to buy here. Funds go to supporting Pride.
- Our employees and others will also be walking in the NYC Pride Parade, and hosting a table on June 28.
- We’ll be posting important updates on Pride on our social media accounts such as Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.
And brands are supporting Pride
- Google is decorating their search bar for Pride. All you have to do is search a sexual orientation or gender identity, or words like “marriage equality” and “Stonewall,” and the search bar turns into a rainbow of people holding hands.
- Instagram created a page dedicated to documenting Pride events.
- Facebook added a new emoticon that allows you to “feel Pride” when making a status. The emoticon is a little rainbow.
- Magnolia Bakery announced that they will be celebrating Pride in New York City and Chicago with Pride inspired cake and cupcakes.
A study done by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation says that two-thirds of Fortune 500 companies offer gender identity non-discrimination protection. If you work in an environment that doesn’t you can still be an ally.
- A simple way to be an ally is not to be a bystander. Be vocal about your support of the LGBT community and help any co-worker (or friend) in need.
- If you are Senior in your company you may have a great opportunity to transform your organization or company by being an ally and proposing diversity and inclusion training courses.
- Always be positive and encouraging, especially with your LGBT coworkers.