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Out at Work: Salesforce Employees Celebrate Pride Month

Salesforce celebrates Pride Month globally every June. Traditionally there are parades, events, and large gatherings, but Pride looks a little different this year as we continue working to get back to “normal” after the COVID-19 pandemic.

And while progress has been made for LGBTQ+ rights since the Stonewall Uprising in 1969, there is still much work to be done. There are 27 states without any explicit statewide laws that protect people from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity in employment, housing, and public accommodations. This year alone has been a record-breaking year for anti-transgender legislation, with more than 33 states having introduced legislation to curb the rights of transgender people.

At Salesforce, we stand firmly against discrimination and are committed to implementing LGBTQ-inclusive policies, practices, and benefits. We have a proud history of standing up for LGBTQ+ rights, including supporting legislation that supports these groups such as The Equality Act. 

The Equality Act creates clear, consistent protections to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in employment. Anyone can learn more about our support for The Equality Act and LGBTQ+ rights through the Human Rights Campaign. Together, we can reach equality in the workplace and build an industry that truly reflects the diverse communities around us. 

Salesforce employees share experiences, perspectives in new video series

At Salesforce, we have 12 employee resource groups, or Equality Groups. 

Outforce is one of the 12, and brings together employees who are members of the LGBTQ+ community and their allies. This year, in recognition of Pride, Outforce members from around the world participated in a video series titled, “Out at Work” to share their experiences, and discuss the importance of LGBTQ+ representation within leadership.

Highlights from the “Out at Work” video series are shared below.

Sales Programs Associate Ainhoa Ocon shares that LGBTQ+ representation within leadership helps to make employees feel more comfortable and safe — and what that means for business. 

Terrence Williams, Senior Design Lead, shares what role the tech community plays in driving LGBTQ+ representation. As an Outforce member and BOLDforce Global Communications Chair, his segment includes how he brings his authentic self to work every day. 

As Outforce’s Regional Vice President for Japan and APAC, Kaoru Okabayashi, Manager of Global Onboarding, explains why it’s important to recognize and elevate LGBTQ+ employees. 

At Salesforce, we are committed to advancing equality in the workplace and in society. If you’re interested in a career at Salesforce, visit our careers page.

To learn more and see additional videos from the “Out at Work” series, visit the Salesforce Careers’ Facebook page to catch all ten episodes. Remember to follow the Salesforce Careers’ Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube to see more content like this in the future.


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