Pride Week at LIT – having inclusive conversations
Thursday, August 6, 2020
This year we have celebrated Pride Week with a difference! After taking part in our second Belfast Pride back in August 2019, our employees launched our Pride @ LIT committee in Belfast at the end of February – and we were of course looking forward to Belfast and Dublin events this summer.
Once we knew these events weren’t going to happen, or certainly not happen as usual, the committee focused on what we could do in the virtual space instead, so here’s a summary of our Pride Week 2020!
The Pride committee also put together a listing of what would be coming up, along with a reminder of Pride Ally training available to all employees, and this was sent out after that meeting, allowing people to plan the events into their week.
Committee members shared some useful resources in our internal Slack channel:
- Google Arts and Culture: 50 Years of Pride
- New York Times: A Father, a Son and a Fighting Chance
- Information about Belfast Pride events taking place throughout the week
Wednesday saw our first Pride Week event – our Pride @ LIT Watch Party. Watch parties have become one of the new big things during lockdown/working from home, so we wanted to join in and allow employees the opportunity to watch and then discuss two short films.
Fifty employees joined in to watch short films From Stonewall Riots to Raves: How Did Pride become a Parade? and This Is What LGBT Life Is Like Around the World – with links and further information also shared internally for those who couldn’t attend the party itself.
As we couldn’t hold our planned Dublin launch event in our Dublin office, we ran this virtually instead –and we now have 15 Pride @ LIT members from across both our offices.
Attendees learned more about the history and purpose of Pride @ LIT and then watched a TedX Stormont talk from Stonewall’s Fergal McFerran – The Power & Tension of Authenticity.
On Friday we wrapped up the week with an email to all employees from our Pride @ LIT Executive Sponsors, Dave Anderson and Brenda Campbell. This was a great way to bookend the week by reminding everyone about the events that had taken place and the resources available.
Some employees joined in the virtual Belfast Pride events throughout the day – one bonus of having Pride online is that we didn’t get soaked in the Belfast rain like in 2019! But we are all looking forward to Pride 2021 and will continue to provide LIT employees with information and resources over the coming months.
Vice Chair of Pride @ LIT, Michael Loughan, summed up the week:
'For me, being involved in Pride @ LIT from the outset has been incredibly rewarding, and has given me the opportunity to promote our purpose, meet new people and learn from the experiences of others. I have been absolutely blown away by the employee engagement with our newly formed committee to date – it is truly inspiring to see folks so passionate about creating a workplace that is inclusive of everyone! Happy Pride from all at Pride @ LIT!'