A legion of passionate employees recently represented National Grid at this year’s London Pride, the UK’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) event and one of the world’s most famous Pride marches.
Joined by more than 30,000 people, representing 250 different companies, charities and organisations, our volunteers carried the National Grid Pride banner from the starting point at Baker Street all the way to Whitehall; passing Oxford Street, Piccadilly Circus and even our own London office at the Strand.
Volunteer Alison Fulford commented on the event: “It was an incredible day and genuinely made me proud to work for National Grid. I can’t wait until next year! Being able to be part of London Pride was a huge privilege and a day I will never forget.”
Those views were echoed by Simon Langley, UK Head of Inclusion & Diversity: “London Pride turned out to be a fantastic day this year. The weather was perfect and National Grid turned out its largest contingent of marchers yet. But for me, what really made the day special was the support of the tens of thousands of members of the public lining the route, who seemed surprised and delighted to see National Grid formally represented at such a high-profile event.”
Jenni Uotila, Pride ERG Co-Lead, is already looking forward to next year and said: “It was absolutely fantastic to see so many of our Pride ERG supporters marching down the sunny streets of London, proudly representing our company and its commitment to equal opportunities. Hopefully, next year we will have even more participants. It truly was a magical day that I will never forget.”
Landmark day for the US and looking ahead
Just one day before London Pride, The US Supreme Court made the landmark ruling that, for the first time, equal marriage rights apply to all 50 states. Commenting on this decision, Dean Seavers, President and Executive Director, US, said: “At National Grid, we applaud the recent landmark ruling of the US Supreme Court, affirming the right to marriage for same-sex couples. I am so pleased to celebrate the good news with our LGBT community of employees, customers, and stakeholders. Congrats to all who helped, even in small ways, to advance this important legal right.”
This great news coincides with the news that the Pride ERG will be collaborating more closely with Pride USA, the ERG representing our US employees. Both ERGs will benefit from an exchange of experience, learnings and best practice.