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Many organizations are putting in place support services for LGBTQI+ people affected by the pandemic. Image: Unsplash

Ty Greene
Project Lead, Health Equity, World Economic Forum
Johanna Rick
Intern, Civil Society, World Economic Forum Geneva
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As part of the World Economic Forum’s Hour of Pride initiative, we are showcasing commitments to support the LGBTQI+ community from our partners in business, civil society, government, academia and the international community.

The LGBTQI+ community is disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 crisis – through lost access to safe physical spaces and increasing incidences of human rights abuses – while the black and LGBTQI+ community of colour confront further systemic racism and discrimination. This page aims to provide resources and inspiration for organizations to mark Pride and build inclusive cultures remotely during the summer of 2020, give visibility to local and regional efforts to support the LGBTQI+ community virtually, and celebrate workplace commitment to LGBTQI+ inclusion and employee experience during the COVID-19 crisis.

This page will be updated on an ongoing basis throughout the summer. If your organization is celebrating Pride or supporting the LGBTQI+ community, we encourage you to submit your commitments through the submission form so they can be included on this resource page.

Branding and product visibility

• The Trevor Project is teaming up with retailers and brands marketing Pride products to raise money directly to support their 24/7 suicide prevention and crisis services for LGBTQI+ young people.

• Kearney is updating their banner photos on all social media channels to celebrate Pride.

• Lynk has changed their logo to a Pride theme across their LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts.

• Science Gallery International changed to a Pride-themed logo on their Facebook and Twitter platforms. They included a Pride theme tagline on their website.

• Deloitte developed Pride-themed logos and headers that were implemented on their
global website, as well as on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.

• During Pride Month, Bloomberg Television included the inclusive Pride flag in their
logo on air. Internally, employees got to use Pride flag emoticons on the Instant
Bloomberg chat tool, as well as a Pride-coloured appointment calendar.

Financial and in-kind support

• The Trevor Project continues to provide suicide prevention and crisis intervention services via its 24/7, free, and confidential phone lifeline, text and chat services, which has seen a dramatic increase in usage since the start of the COVID-19 crisis. If you are thinking about suicide and in need of immediate support, please call the TrevorLifeline at 1-866-488-7386.

• Human Rights Campaign launched HRC Gives Back, a digital campaign designed to raise funds for the critical fight for LGBTQI+ rights, while benefitting essential workers and a wide variety of community organizations with branded facemask donations.

• Kearney is joining the Open for Business coalition with a $10,000 contribution, and working on an effort to showcase the power of the LGBTQI+ consumer as further evidence to the business case for inclusion.

• Throughout June, Deloitte UK’s LGBTQI+ network, GLOBE, chose to fundraise for the
Albert Kennedy Trust, a charity supporting LGBTQI+ young people aged 16-25 in the
UK who are experiencing homelessness or living in a hostile environment.

• Deloitte also created an alliance with the Partnership for Global LGBTI Equality. They
signed up to the Brunswick Group’s coalition Open for Business – a network of major
businesses committed to taking action on LGBTQI+ inclusion globally.

• OutRight Action International, with support from Microsoft, launched the COVID-19 Global LGBTIQ Emergency Fund, which supports LGBTQI+ organizations and groups on the frontlines of the pandemic in the global South, addressing a range of humanitarian needs such as emergency food and shelter, access to safe and competent healthcare, safety and security, and financial stability.

• As its founding corporate partner, Bloomberg LP contributed £1 million to the London
Community Response Fund (LCRF), which financially supports civil society
organizations and cultural groups impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Among
those, 107 LGBTQ+ led non-profits received funding, including two of Bloomberg’s
non-profit partners working with LGBTQ+ youth: Albert Kennedy Trust and Diversity
Role Models.

• In Hong Kong, Bloomberg sponsors research by Community Business looking at the
LGBTQ+ community and mental health issues across the APAC region.

Internal workshops and employee resource group activities

• The Trevor Project is hosting weekly Lunch & Learns led by guest speakers or leaders from different teams on topics such as Transgender Day of Visibility, artificial intelligence, and the intersection of LGBTQI+ identities and Ramadan.

• Kearney has a number of internal events planned across the globe, including multiple emails from leadership to cover why Pride is important, story-sharing emails to highlight the experiences of colleagues, taking over the corporate newsletter with educational Pride content and branding, virtual happy hours across offices, and an ally pledge campaign.

• Science Gallery International hosted several internal workshops on inclusivity and
allyship, as well as organizing internal staff meetings to highlight LGBTQ+ themes.
They suggested optional additions of pronouns to email signatures and website

• Deloitte’s Global LGBTQI+ network, StandOUT hosted a call open to all Deloitte
professionals, in which Deloitte’s Global CEO Punit Renjen and Global Inclusion Leader
Emma Codd provided their perspective on the importance of Pride and inclusion.
Members of the various global LGBTQI+ networks shared examples of actions they
are taking to further LGBTQI+ inclusion within their local geographies.

• Deloitte member firms and geographies around the world also hosted virtual Pride
2020 events such as an “Intersectionality lunch”, “LGBTQI+ movie night” and “virtual
Pride parade”, via local business resource groups

• In a Pride kick-off video, the global executive sponsors of Bloomberg LGBT & Ally Community discussed their commitment to their LGBTQ+ employees and the importance of building connection and community in the new virtual world.

• Bloomberg offices around the globe hosted a variety of virtual Pride events, including a fireside chat with the regional executive sponsors of our LGBT & Ally Community, a Pride Month quiz game, a discussion on marriage equality, virtual breakfasts for ERG members, documentary screenings, and career conversations.

• Bloomberg employee volunteers from Bloomberg’s LGBT & Ally Community in New York spent two days with interns from the Hetrick-Martin Institute’s (HMI) internship program focusing on career advice and financial literacy.

Media, communications and social media

• The Trevor Project’s Pride Everywhere movement, featuring Demi Lovato, empowers LGBTQI+ young people to celebrate Pride in their unique way, no matter where they are.

• Human Rights Campaign will be sharing ways that their members can celebrate #PrideInside, including celebrity curated playlists, DIY decorations and recipes from their Chefs for Equality. In addition, they will be highlighting the power of LGBTQI+ voters, the disparate impact of COVID-19 on queer communities, the impact of gun violence on the queer community, and the resiliency of queer immigrants.

• Kearney is posting social media stories highlighting their LGBTQI+ team members and alumni.

• Lynk’s Founder & CEO, Peggy Choi, has created an activity pack for organisations to crack their #DiversityCode together through a virtual collaborative art activity.

• Lynk have launched a Pride diversity and inclusion Q&A series featuring D&I leaders from across industries.

• Science Gallery International are building momentum for 18 November, the
international day for LGBTQI+ working and studying in STEM fields.

• Deloitte created an external, global Pride campaign across all their social media
channels, LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.

• Deloitte’s Global Inclusion Leader, Emma Codd, and Chief of Staff, Office of Deloitte
Global Chair, Em Sendall, published a Forbes article sharing their experiences on the
importance of LGBTQI+ allyship year-round and how it can be a powerful driver of

• Deloitte produced an external video featuring several of their LGBTQI+ colleagues
sharing what Prides means to them and why they think allyship is important. This
video was promoted on their global homepage and social media channels.

• Bloomberg Chairman Peter Grauer talked with Out Leadership in their bi-weekly live broadcast series Leadership Lounge about his career, leadership in today’s climate and his reasons for being an LGBTQ+ ally.

• Bloomberg posted social media stories on Instagram highlighting LGBTQ+ employees, in addition to several blog posts looking at the emotional tax of coming out, the unique challenge for LGBTQ+ people during COVID-19 and the issue of racism in the LGBTQ+ community.

Public and co-organized events

• The Trevor Project has published a series of videos on strategies to cope with stress and anxiety at this time and improving mental health.

• Human Rights Campaign is hosting a Pride 2020 webinar series for employee resource group members across organizations and diversity & inclusion professionals. Topics include workplace advocacy, the history of Pride and community resilience.

• OutRight Action International hosted a virtual panel on The Global Impact of Covid-19 on LGBTIQ People and Communities in partnership with OPEN Finance and Deutsche Bank to discuss actions needed to ensure a more LGBTIQ-inclusive response in pandemic response strategies.

• Lynk is hosting a 'Pride at Work: Why Diversity & Inclusion Should Matter' webinar in partnership with Community Business on Tuesday, June 16.

• Science Gallery International will host their “Formative Figures: Who Do We
Remember? Why Should We Remember?” on 22 July as part of their Messin’ Sessions
series. It will be co-hosted by Youth Development Facilitator Mark Bell, and
participants are asked to creatively reflect on why and how certain historic figures are highlighted.

• Bloomberg partnered with Frameline to host a discussion with the film-makers and participants in a new documentary film Ahead of the Curve, about LGBTQ+ representation in media and the legendary lesbian magazine Curve.

• Bloomberg co-hosted the Power of Out panel discussion with Visa Inc., which featured personal stories of coming out and living as LGBTQ+ individuals in APAC and the importance of safe spaces and allies.

• In partnership with OUT Leadership, Bloomberg hosted a conversation about racism within the LGBTQ+ community. Leaders and activists joined Bloomberg conversation about the intersection of race and the queer identity; confronting the racism in the LGBTQ+ community; and encouraging us to identify the roles we all play to support LGBTQ+ inclusion.

Other resources

• Bloomberg demonstrated its support of marriage equality for the LGBTQ+ community across Asia, by joining 83 other companies supporting The Viewpoint on Marriage Equality, an initiative spearheaded by Lawyers for LGBT Allies Network (LLAN) in Japan. Bloomberg also became one of the first 41 companies and organizations to support Equal Love Hong Kong and its efforts to secure legal recognition of same-sex marriage in Hong Kong.

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