June is Pride Month! While your employees should feel empowered to be true to themselves in the workplace with full acceptance year-round, you can host events this month around Pride to celebrate love in all forms. Celebrating Pride Month will help foster a supportive environment at work and emphasize your workplace’s commitment to inclusion and diversity.
For this month-long celebration of the LGBTQ+ community, our team at Epoch has put together a few event ideas for your workplace!
Help Organizations that Support the LGBTQ+ Community 👏🏻
A great way to not only celebrate, but also give to the LGBTQ+ community is to come together and volunteer at a local LGBTQ+ non-profit organization. Encourage your employees to contribute to their community by scheduling a day for volunteering.
Encourage allyship at your workplace by organizing educational workshops for your team to learn more about supporting the LGBTQ+ community. These can be held in-person, or virtually to reach a wider audience across your global workplace.
Bring in guest speakers educated in topics such as Parenting Talks for Pride or LGBTQ+ Allyship & Inclusion in the Workplace.
Host a Rainbow-Themed Dinner 🥗
Nothing brings people together better than food! Rally your team for a rainbow-themed potluck and have employees sign up to bring their own colorful food items. For those who are less culinary-inclined, bringing a fruit platter is always a safe option.
Does your team have an outdoor space? Consider taking out the grill for a barbecue to enjoy the warm summer weather in June.
Tie-Dye Team Bonding 🌈
This family-friendly event will allow for a great team bonding opportunity! Unlike a typical arts & crafts activity, tie-dyeing requires participants to get their hands messier than usual.
Tie-dyeing can be done in-person or virtually from the comforts of home. Employees can choose their own clothing of choice to bring, such as t-shirts and tank tops, and can also bring extra clothes to dye for their family members or friends.
Taste the Rain-dough 🌈
Arrange an in-person or virtual baking class for a great team bonding experience. Fun ideas include learning how to bake a gluten-free rainbow cake, vegan rainbow chocolate chip cookies, or even rainbow bagels! Before hosting the event, send out a survey to collect participants’ dietary restrictions in order to accommodate the entire team, as well as an open form for participants to send in any of their own recipes.
Provide participants with the necessary ingredients for an in-person class or send out gift cards ahead of time for those who are participating virtually to purchase their own ingredients.
Celebrate LGBTQ+ Stories in Literature 📚
Host a hybrid-friendly Book Club meeting with your team and choose a novel starring LGBTQ+ voices for members to read and discuss. Being exposed to more diverse stories is important to increase empathy and push back against bias and prejudice.
In recent years, LGBTQ+ individuals have had more representation in Hollywood and mainstream cinema. Host a Netflix Party for your team and consider having multiple screenings to accommodate global teams and time zones.