On June 12th, the LGBT community worldwide was given a sad reality check with the brutal hate crime in Orlando, Florida. This tragic event is a reminder that our work for LGBT emancipation, also in the workplace, is far from over and that we simply cannot afford to become complacent.
Against this backdrop though we, as a Foundation and as a community, are more determined than ever to work together with with all of our stakeholders. June has been an intense month for Workplace Pride in this regard! While working hard to give you another great International Conference, we were also busy launching the 2016 Global Benchmark, co-organizing an LGBT conference in Suriname with our partner PAREA, and taking part in fantastic events such as the unique WPATH focusing on Transgender health issues. Finally, we were very pleased to welcome the City of Utrecht as a new Foundation member during the Midzomergracht Festival!
So, while there have been ups and downs in June, the LGBT community will always strive to make constructive and positive progress in society. We look forward to seeing you all at the International Conference at the Beurs van Berlage in Amsterdam on July 29th, and to celebrating Pride with you at the Amsterdam Pride Canal Parade viewing gallery.
Members can now register for their complementary invitation to the Amsterdam Pride canal viewing gallery (all members received an email about this)Registration for Pride Business Forum Prague is now openRegister here
Workplace Pride member RELX recently published an internal magazine about LGBT topics at work called ‘This is Pride’. Sheba Agarwal-Jans, Giancarlo Pazzanese and David Domingues Garcia worked on the editorial team and tell about their experience:
“As Editors of the internal Elsevier Pride newsletter, we realized that we did not have a consolidated activity report for our senior management. The idea of a Corporate Social Responsibility type report evolved rapidly into a glossy magazine format, and the end result, we think, is a hybrid of both.
The Elsevier Pride magazine, “This is Pride”, contains stories from the people on the front lines of LGBT, and covers topics like gender fluidity, coming out experiences, and the various challenges faced by individuals in the community. We also showcase the activities that we have organized in the past 3 years, and highlight the funds raised for various charities. “This is Pride” was well received by our colleagues, who were especially intrigued by the colorful nature of the magazine, the articles, interviews and event photos. We have received many requests for copies since the first print run, showing us how popular it has been. We look forward to working on the next issue.”
The Dutch City of Utrecht has joined Workplace Pride Foundation as one of a growing number of public sector entities that are putting LGBT workplace inclusion on their priority list. During the Midzomergracht Festival, a special ceremony at the historic Utrecht Stadhuis took place. The city announced its long term commitment to LGBT inclusion for both its employees and its citizens.
In the spirit of EuroPride, Workplace Pride Foundation Leader Booking.com is organizing its first LGBT-oriented open hackathon. Are you a coder, developer or designer and are you in Amsterdam from 2-3 August? Come stand proud with Booking.com and show off your skills at Hack with Pride. By taking part, you’ll get mentoring from the best developers, product owners and designers in the business, access to the Booking.com API, and the chance to transform the way we travel.
In June, the WPATH (World Professional Association for Transgender Health) held its 24th biennial global symposium in Amsterdam. This four-day symposium was opened on Saturday by Her Majesty Queen Maxima of The Netherlands.
Workplace Pride invites all its members to join the Amsterdam Pride Canal Parade viewing gallery on August 6th. Like last year, the Foundation is offering its members complimentary entry to the viewing gallery on the Amstel as part of their membership package. This is a wonderful opportunity to see the festive boats, including many belong to Workplace Pride members, and to have a great time with colleagues. Members have received an invitation, but should you have questions, write to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Vice-Admiral de Waard is Young@Workplace Pride’s Next MentorYoung@Workplace Pride is very proud to announce that Vice Admiral Arie Jan de Waard, Director of the Defense Materiel Organisation, will share his personal “Being Yourself at Work” story with us at the coming Young@Workplace Pride mentorship event. As Vice-Admiral, he reports directly to General Tom Middendorp, Chief of Defense in the Netherlands.
The mentorship program is meant for a group of young professionals (
The mentorship event will take place on July 22nd, starting at 16.00h at the Frederikkazerne in Den Haag. Drinks afterwards are of course part of the program.
Colleagues email@example.com, after which we will confirm your presence and send you the details. Please make sure to register before Friday July 15th. Registration per email is mandatory.