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JetBlue Showing #NonstopPride

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JetBlue Showing #NonstopPride

JetBlue is New York’s Hometown Airline. With a strong New York representation amongst staff and with one of the leading resource groups for LGBT workplaces, JetPride, it was an easy connection for the airline to partner with New York Gay Men’s Chorus. They first announced their partnership in 2017 and are continuing their support of #NonstopPride.

 

Founded in 1980, it has grown into a successful chorus with over 260 members from diverse backgrounds and ages, and is a member of the Gay and Lesbian Association of Choruses, Inc. Over the years, they have performed at corporate events to concerts and television shows with high-profile singers and orchestras.

 

In addition to supporting NYCGMC, JetBlue is also a supporting of The Center (The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center), Stonewall In Gives Back Initiative, and other Pride events throughout the country.

 

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Law Firm uses Art to Celebrate Pride Month

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Law Firm uses Art to Celebrate Pride Month

For the 12th year, Clifford Chance Arcus Americas is formally celebrating Gay Pride Month through art. This year, there will be art exhibits celebrating the LGBT+ and allies community in New York and Washington, DC in an exhibition entitled, Marks of Resistance. Itwill open in New York and DC on June 20 and 21, respectively, and will remain on view until September 21.  

 

Marks of Resistance includes artwork with a wide range of creative practices that emphasize presence and visibility as a form of political resistance. Works span diverse media and forms: portraiture—of queer people, places and archives that reify cultural memory and demand our attention—and abstract works that articulate identity, personhood and presence through slight or cumulative marks, color and materials.”

 

By exhibiting art by LGBT+ artists, Clifford Chance is able to embrace diversity and foster a supportive, inclusive work environment.  Arcus Allies, the LGBT+ network group, has been expanding its Gay Pride Month programming over the years. While the parallel exhibits of Marks of Resistance will be held in NYC and DC, there will also be works displayed in nine other offices: Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, London, Paris, Perth, Singapore, Sydney, and Tokyo. Since 2016, they have increased the number of participating offices by two.

 

Marks of Resistance artists include: Nancy Brooks Brody, Antonius Bui, Heather Cox, Florence Derive, Edie Fake, Lola Flash, Adrienne Gaither, Daniel Marcellus Givens, Eric Gyamfi, Lenn Keller, Wayne Koestenbaum, Larry Mantello, Signe Olson, Allison Michael Orenstein, Mickalene Thomas and Conrad Ventur.

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Emphasizing Inclusion with the Arts

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Emphasizing Inclusion with the Arts

The pARTnership Movement essay “Embrace Diversity & Team Building” brings to light how the arts can assist in enhancing a company’s diversity and inclusion initiatives. BCA 10 winner U.S. Bank shows how to be a leader in this area.

 

In celebration of and support for the LGBT community and to highlight the bank’s emphasis on diversity and inclusion, the company held the LGBT Debit Card Art Contest where they asked artists to submit art in any medium that celebrated the LGBT community. The contest would allow three finalists with the winner receiving $7,500 and that design becoming one of U.S. Bank’s permanent card designs. The runner-up received $5,000 and the third-prize winner received $2,500.

 

Ann Dyste, assistant vice president and LGBT strategy manager at U.S. Bank says, "We believe the three winning designs all honored equality, progress and unity, and we wanted to leave the final decision up to the public, so their voices could be heard."

 

After 400 design submissions, the public selected Olivia Ogba, ER medical transcriptionist preparing for the MCAT (Medical College Admission Test), as the winner with the card design shown above. Ogba’s design is connected to the June 2015 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that same-sex marriage was legal nationwide. The digital painting is purposefully patriotic, featuring rainbow colors shooting from sparklers on the Fourth of July. "That's what America stands for – the ability for everyone to go after the American dream without any sort of discrimination," Ogba said.

 

As the fifth largest commercial bank in the United States, U.S. Bank has made strong commitments to increase outreach to the LGBT community. This national art competition helps reiterate their corporate message of inclusion along with sponsoring Pride festivities and LGBT organizations across the country, making the bank a “Best Place to Work for LBGT Equality” for 10 years in a row.

 

“We want employees and prospective hires to know that U.S. Bank is an open and inclusive workplace where all are welcome," said Eduardo Sayan, U.S. Bank vice president and director of multicultural strategy. 

 

Learn more about the finalists and the card art competition here.

 

Photo: U.S. Bank

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