On the heels of the Supreme Court’s historic ruling to ban LGBTQ employment discrimination and the intersection of LGBTQ+ civil rights with Black civil rights, this Pride Month is a monumental one. While things are a bit different this year; there are no parties or parades or in-person events, making celebrations a little more complex — it’s vital for organizations to honor and recognize Pride Month, and extend these inclusive efforts throughout the year.
At Limeade, we have decided to use this opportunity to focus on educating our employees about global LGBTQ+ history and organizations through a wide variety of resources. By Elevating Pride, how can we elevate our employee experience to educate and support the LGBTQ+ community?
Need a refresher on what we did last year? Check out how Limeade honored and celebrated LGBTQ+ Pride Month in 2019. This year, we’re providing LimeMates (what we call our employees) a dedicated Pride page including educational resources (articles, websites, books, videos, podcasts and more) as well as actionable resources (local/national organizations to donate to, LGBTQ+ businesses to shop at, etc.).
When it comes to offering employees’ activities to participate in, here are a few of our plans for TeamLimeade:
- Step for Pride: Individual stepping activity (500,000 steps) in support/replacement of Pride parades across the globe.
- Weekly LGBTQ+ Knowledge Quiz
- Weekly LGBTQ+ Did You Know posts
- Weekly LGBTQ+ Spotlights (LimeMates, public figures, etc.)
Swag? Not this year. We will be creating our own Pride Month Cauze through the Limeade Cares Foundation. Each employee will get $25 to donate to an LGBTQ+ organization of their choice in lieu of branded apparel.
Ensuring that all your employees feel seen, heard and encouraged to bring their true authentic selves to work needs to be an ongoing and dedicated effort. Take the time this month to reassess where you are as a company on your inclusion efforts, gather feedback and apply these learnings in the year ahead.