This month, we are celebrating the LGBTQIA+ community, their self-expression, and their voices. It is in June when we start to see the rainbow flag pop up everywhere in support for the community. Even with the flag raised, it is important to represent the community to bring forth diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging.
As business leaders striving for growth, we must recognize and learn from diverse voices to continually improve company culture. Therefore, in this blog, we are going to discuss the importance of celebrating Pride at your workplace.
What is Pride Month?
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex and Asexual Pride Month (LGBTQIA+) is celebrated annually in June to honor the Stonewall riots in 1969. In June of 1969, police raided a popular gay bar at the Stonewall Inn in New York City which ignited a series of protests about police harassment and persecution to which the community was commonly subjected to. Therefore, June has become a commemorative month which is celebrated through parades, parties, workshops, and events. The purpose of these celebrations is to raise awareness about mistreatment towards the LGBTQIA+ community as they strive to achieve equal justice and opportunities throughout the world.
Why is it Important to Celebrate Pride at your Workplace?
As leaders of your business, you have the power to put people in the spotlight and highlight stories that make your organization unique. Minorities within workplaces need to be represented and advocated for. This includes minorities who are part of the LGBTQIA+ community as they are more likely subjected to discrimination and mistreatment. It is important to acknowledge and recognize the accomplishments of the queer community and their advocates within your workplace. Not only does it promote equality, but it also boosts employee morale and creates a positive, inclusive workplace. It is about supporting the people in the LGBTQIA+ community who continue to fight for equality and to highlight efforts around the importance of celebrating diverse voices.
How Can You Celebrate Pride at Your Workplace?
There are multiple ways to celebrate Pride and highlight the importance of Pride history. Here is a list of suggestions to inspire you:
Update your organization’s logo with Pride colors or filters.Whether it is an email signature or your company logo, changing to Pride colors makes a huge statement about your company.
Host company events to celebrate Pride month.
Hold small events that include trivia about Pride month or a company lunch. Some of our customers use Workplace from Meta to organize a parade/event and communicate it organization-wide.
Sponsor Pride Festivals
Sponsoring a local Pride Festival is one of the popular ways to celebrate and support Pride month. When sponsoring a festival, hosting a booth and showcasing photos from the festival on Workplace from Meta is another way our customers use Workplace from Meta to share the experience with the rest of the organization.
Run Virtual Parades.
If you have employees from multiple places around the world, holding a virtual pride parade may keep your community engaged and connected. This can be done by having your employees share photos/videos on how they are celebrating Pride on Workplace from Meta.
The most important aspect of equality and inclusion is getting educated on contemporary topics that shape our world today. Without proper education, good intentions alone may not bring the positive changes you were hoping to make. In addition to getting yourself educated, consider providing education for your employees.
A Safe Space for All
Pride month is specifically celebrated to raise awareness and fight for equality for the community. While there are things that you can do in your company to be more inclusive, it is important to note that Pride happens all year round. Therefore, there is no end to celebrating Pride. Recognizing and creating equality brings people together and builds a safe space. By having the right technology in place, you can empower everyone in your company to connect with one another and celebrate Pride month. Building this community online creates a safe space for your business and improves work culture.
Workplace from Meta is offering a Pride Month Trivia Campaign to celebrate LBGTQIA+ history and culture. Therefore, you and your employees can hold big social or discussion groups to celebrate Pride and to get educated. Workplace allows you to create polls and use other features to gauge participation and ensure that a safe space exists. Learn more about Workplace from Meta here and contact us to help create a safe space for everyone.
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