Thursday, June 11, 2009

Pride Agenda releases Second Edition of Best Practices Guide

Yesterday was the Empire State Pride Agenda’s sixth annual Equality@Work Awards, where we honored companies and individuals who are working to create an inclusive work environment that respects, welcomes and supports LGBT professionals and empowers them to reach their potential. At the awards, we were honored to recognize Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP, Jeffrey Siminoff of Morgan Stanley and The New York City Bar Association’s Committee on LGBT Rights.

Also at the Equality@Work Awards, we released the second edition of Pride in My Workplace: Best Practices Guide for New York State Businesses to Support Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Employees. Originally released in spring 2006, the first edition of the guide gave companies the information they need about LGBT workplace issues and the law in New York. Reaching over 7,500 employees in the past three years, that guide has now been updated to include six best practices for supporting LGBT employees and success stories from Polo Ralph Lauren, JPMorganChase, Kenneth Cole, McDermott Will & Emery LLP, The New York Times, Eastman Kodak, Mercer, Corcoran and Time Warner. In recognition of the evolving legal, legislative and political landscape and its impact on LGBT people, this second edition also includes information on relationship recognition, transgender non-discrimination and engaging straight allies.

You can view an online PDF of the second edition of the Best Practices Guide here. For more information about the guide and the Pride Agenda’s Pride in My Workplace program, contact Wazina Zondon at 212-627-0305 or

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