Embracing Diversity: Incorporating Pride Month into Event Planning

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As society progresses towards greater inclusivity and acceptance, companies are increasingly recognizing the importance of diversity and representation in the workplace. One way organizations can demonstrate their commitment to fostering an inclusive environment is by incorporating PRIDE celebrations into their corporate events. Here’s how event planners can help companies celebrate PRIDE effectively and meaningfully. 

Understanding PRIDE Month: Pride Month, celebrated annually in June here in the states, commemorates the LGBTQ+ community’s struggles for equality and recognizes the contributions and achievements of LGBTQ+ individuals. By acknowledging and celebrating PRIDE, companies can show their support for LGBTQ+ employees and create a more welcoming and affirming workplace culture. 

1. Hosting Educational Sessions: Educational sessions or workshops focused on LGBTQ+ issues are highly effective. Topics can include:

  • LGBTQ+ history and activism 
  • Gender identity and expression 
  • Creating inclusive environments 

Partnering with local LGBTQ+ organizations can enhance these sessions, providing valuable insights and fostering greater understanding and empathy within the workforce. 

2. Organizing Social Events: Social events are a fantastic way to celebrate PRIDE, and not just in June. Consider:

  • Hosting a PRIDE-themed happy hour 
  • Organizing a company-wide LGBTQ+ film screening 
  • Participating in local PRIDE parades and events 

These activities provide opportunities for employees to connect and socialize, showcasing the company’s commitment to LGBTQ+ inclusion to the wider community. 

3. Showcasing LGBTQ+ Voices and Talents: Incorporate LGBTQ+ voices and talents in your events by:

  • Inviting LGBTQ+ speakers or performers 
  • Highlighting LGBTQ+ employees’ stories and experiences 
  • Featuring LGBTQ+ artists and creators in company-sponsored initiatives 

Elevating these voices helps amplify marginalized perspectives and fosters a more inclusive and representative corporate culture.

4. Implementing Inclusive Policies Encourage companies to demonstrate their support for LGBTQ+ employees by implementing inclusive policies such as:  

  • Offering gender-inclusive restrooms 
  • Updating non-discrimination and anti-harassment policies to include sexual orientation and gender identity 
  • Providing LGBTQ+ diversity training for employees and managers 

By implementing these policies and practices, companies can create a safer and more equitable workplace for LGBTQ+ employees. 

5. Building a Culture of Inclusivity Ultimately, incorporating PRIDE into corporate events is about fostering a culture of inclusivity, respect, and belonging. Celebrating Pride Month allows companies to demonstrate their commitment to LGBTQ+ inclusion and create workplaces where all employees feel valued, supported, and empowered to be their authentic selves. 

As event planners at Hosts Global, we have the unique opportunity to guide companies in celebrating PRIDE (and PRIDE Month) effectively. By incorporating educational sessions, organizing social events, showcasing LGBTQ+ voices, and encouraging inclusive policies, you can help create meaningful and impactful corporate events. These efforts not only enrich corporate culture but also contribute to a more just and equitable society for all.  

Meet the Author: Brooke Oltmann Hello! I’m Brooke Oltmann, Director of Sales for Hosts Texas. With over two decades of experience in the DMC and event planning industry, I specialize in creating unforgettable corporate events that prioritize inclusivity and diversity. Our entire team of event professionals here at Hosts Texas are passionate about helping organizations celebrate significant milestones and cultural events like PRIDE, ensuring they leave a lasting positive impact on both employees and the community. 


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