On October 15, Atlanta held its 47th Pride Parade and Festival to celebrate diversity and LGBTQ identities. This year, a record number of 250,000 attendees were on the scene to show their support.
Dozens of local political candidates and elected officials took to the streets to greet and support their constituents in the parade. Even more local and national businesses showed off intricate floats as thousands marched down Peachtree into Midtown.
One of those businesses, Comcast NBCUniversal, has been named one of the best places to work by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) and has scored a perfect 100 on the HRC’s 2016 and 2017 Corporate Equality Index reports. At Atlanta Pride, dozens of local employees upheld that commitment to equality by joining together to represent Comcast’s diverse and positive work environment.
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“As an advocate for diversity—and more importantly, inclusion—it’s important that leaders assist in personifying Comcast’s commitment to these efforts,” said Traron Moore, Director of Human Resources at Comcast. “My presence at Pride this year is a small way of doing that.”
Atlanta represents one of the many socioeconomic intersections of America. The city’s location in the heart of the south and the many cultures it represents make Atlanta a vibrant urban hub where inclusive ideas thrive. The intersection of those different cultures and ideas to demonstrate support for the LGBTQ community at Atlanta Pride was a special moment indeed.
“Participating in LGBTQ events assists the communities we serve by demonstrating our commitment to civil rights for all,” Moore continued, adding that he feels proud to be part of a company that values the same things he does.
More than 80 individuals represented Comcast in the parade. Donning customized t-shirts, banners and signs, employees, friends and family members proudly marched to show their support.
“Events like this help potential employees and customers to understand they can expect support and a safe space should they become a part of our family,” Moore added.
Atlanta city law prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, but that’s not the case nationally. It’s not even the case in Georgia, where there are no statewide anti-discrimination laws to protect LGBTQ individuals in the workplace. Great strides have been made in recent years to make an inclusive society for everyone, but there is still progress to be made.
At Atlanta Pride, Comcast’s extensive family and thousands of others banded together to unite out of hope and a belief in inclusion.