Celebrate LGBT Pride Month with us
Learn more about the Pride USA Employee Resource Group and take our quiz to test your knowledge of LGBT culture:
The Pride USA Employee Resource Group (ERG) supports the professional development of National Grid’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Straight Ally employees. The group also serves as a company resource on corporate policies, discrimination, career opportunities and community development.
This June – national LGBT Pride Month – this busy group is sponsoring events across our US service area:
Buffalo Pride Festival – Sunday, June 7
Brooklyn Pride celebration – Saturday, June 13
Boston Pride parade – Saturday, June 13
Pride RI celebration in Providence – Saturday, June 20
Email PRIDEUS@Nationalgrid.com to volunteer at any of these events and support our local LGBTQ* communities! Also, take a look at what the group did this past May …
On May 12, Pride volunteered time at The History Project in Boston – Documenting GLBT Boston. Formed in 1980, the group – made up of historians, activists and archivists – focuses on preserving the history of Boston’s LGBTQ* community and making that history accessible to future generations.
National Grid employees and Pride members Jackie Barry, John Rondeau, Kristen Vincent, Terron Hill and John Monaghan helped archive some of the organization’s collections, which might otherwise be excluded from history. The process involved sorting, organizing, cataloging and preserving newly acquired photos and written materials to make them available to researchers and the public.
“In a small but important way Pride helped contribute to preserving the LGBTQ community’s legacy in Massachusetts, while learning about this important organization and its critical mission,” say Pride USA co-chairs Paul Cantello and John Rondeau.
Jackie Barry, who organized the event, said, “I think I can speak for the entire group from National Grid when I say the event was an extremely rewarding, educational and fun experience. We are very fortunate to have an organization such as yours that has done so much to preserve the legacy of the local LGBTQ community.”
*The Q – which stands for ‘queer’ of ‘questioning’ – is increasingly making its way into LGBT culture as it encompasses many people and is not gender-specific. Read more.
Did you know: June was officially named LGBT Pride Month, an annual anti-discrimination effort, last year with a proclamation from President Obama
Go to the Pride web site to find out more about the group or join.
Please watch for a follow-up story soon to see the answers to the quiz – and how much you, and your coworkers got right!