ways to celebrate Pride in the workplace

Ways to celebrate Pride in the workplace

Looking for ways to celebrate Pride in the workplace that are truly impactful? Look no further.

Pride Month is a time to honour and celebrate the rich history and contributions of the LGBTQIA+ community. In the workplace, acknowledging and supporting Pride should not just be a symbolic gesture; it should be a demonstration of commitment to creating a safe and inclusive environment for all employees.

In recent years, the term ‘rainbow-washing’ has emerged to describe the phenomenon of businesses engaging in superficial displays of support during Pride Month, without genuine efforts to promote inclusivity or support LGBTQIA+ individuals within their organisations.

In light of this, it's imperative for workplaces to move beyond token gestures and embrace meaningful actions. To get you started, here are 6 impactful ways to celebrate Pride in the workplace:

1. Measure LGBTQIA+ Inclusion

Pride is all about LGBTQIA+ visibility and celebration but what about the other 11 months of the year? Measure how your LGBTQIA+ employees feel about topics like belonging, psychological safety, the ability to be authentic, flexible working and professional opportunities using a tool like the EDI Health Check from Powered By Diversity. What better way to celebrate Pride than by knowing you are doing right by the community? That's definitely something to celebrate. 

2. Employee Resource Groups

If you doesn't already have one, encourage the formation of am LGBTQIA+ employee resource group (ERG) within your organisation. These groups provide a platform for LGBTQIA+ employees to connect, share experiences, and advocate for inclusivity. They can offer valuable support and resources for LGBTQIA+ individuals and allies all year round, not just in Pride month. Forming a group during the month of Pride is a great way to demonstrate ongoing commitment to supporting your LGBTQIA+ employees. 

3. Education, Awareness, and Training

Use June as an opportunity to educate employees about the history and significance of Pride Month, as well as LGBTQIA+ issues. Host workshops, panel discussions, or presentations to raise awareness about LGBTQIA+ rights, challenges faced by the community, and the importance of inclusivity in the workplace. Provide diversity and inclusion training that specifically addresses LGBTQIA+ issues, helping employees understand LGBTQIA+ identities, pronouns, and terminology, as well as how to create a more inclusive and respectful workplace for all individuals. Teach employees how to be effective allies, challenge stereotypes and biases, and create a culture of acceptance and support for LGBTQIA+ colleagues.

4. Community Engagement

Engage with LGBTQIA+ organisations and initiatives in your community. Partner with local LGBTQIA+ charities, advocacy groups, or community centres to support their work through volunteering, fundraising, or sponsorship opportunities. This year CakeDrop is supporting UK Black Pride with a donation from every sale of its Pride treats collection. This kind of initiative not only demonstrates solidarity with the LGBTQIA+ community but also contributes to the broader movement for equality and inclusion.

5. Policy Reviews

Review and update company policies to ensure they are inclusive and supportive of LGBTQIA+ employees. This includes implementing non-discrimination policies, providing benefits for same-sex partners, and offering gender-affirming healthcare coverage. Utilising resources like the comprehensive guide on LGBTQIA+ inclusion in the workplace from MyHRToolKit can provide valuable insights and guidance in crafting and implementing these policies.

6. Pride Social Events and Activities

Pride is meant to be a celebration that brings people together. While it's crucial to ensure support is meaningful and not just symbolic, that doesn't mean we can't embrace the vibrant, fun and social aspects we've all come to love about Pride Month. Adorn your workplace in a colourful display, indulge in rainbow-themed treats, and organise a series of exciting and uplifting Pride-themed events and activities throughout the month. This could include participating in local Pride parades or organising your own Pride party within the workplace.

As Pride Month approaches, let's commit to creating workplaces where everyone feels safe, accepted, and empowered to be their authentic selves. By embracing and celebrating Pride, we not only foster a more inclusive work environment but also contribute to a larger movement towards equality and social justice.

Remember, celebrating Pride is not just about one month out of the year. It's about creating lasting change and building a culture of respect, acceptance, and equality for all individuals, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

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