Pride Month is commemorated each year in June to honor the 1969 protests called the Stonewall Uprising in New York City. This protest helped increase the visibility and activism of LGBTQ+ communities.
About the Progress Flag
The Progress Pride flag, an iconic symbol designed by artist Daniel Quasar, symbolizes social equality, individuality, and support, including colors that represent different meanings.
This year, we asked our employees to share their stories around allyship and a sense of belonging at Wegmans.
Employee Advocate, 1 year of incredible service
“I remember during my first week at Wegmans, my supervisor Madeleine asked me about my husband. I was taken aback. Not because I didn’t want to share my personal life with anyone, but because until that moment I realized no supervisor had ever asked me that before. As a gay person it had been my experience, supervisors thought of my life in more of a “don’t ask, don’t tell” approach. I remember going home thinking, ‘this is off to a great start.’
The one thing I want people to know about the LGBTQ+ community is we are just like everyone else. We are all moms, dads, sisters, and brothers and feeling seen in the same regard as everyone else is the true feeling of inclusivity.”
Deli Customer Service, 1 year of incredible service
“Every day, my coworkers do a fantastic job of making sure I feel like I belong. Most notably, when I first transferred to my new store, everyone asked about my pronouns and made sure I felt comfortable expressing myself. It was a warm welcome to an unfamiliar environment.
One thing I hope everyone can come to understand is that everyone in the community is different and unique. Much like how every guitar player has their own way of making music, people of the LGBTQ+ community all express their identities in varying ways that make them feel comfortable. It’s always going to be a learning process whenever you meet somebody new. You must be patient and understand how each unique person interacts in their own way. And once you do, you open the door to meaningful lifelong friendships.”
Culinary Innovation Center Department Manager, 21 years of incredible service
“I came out when I was 14 years old and started working at Wegmans when I was 15. 22 years later, I have to say, the sense of belonging comes from just fitting in and being myself. Conversations are never uncomfortable, and I have never felt the need to hide myself.
There is still prejudice and strong opinions in our community. People are still afraid to be themselves. For example, the ability to display affection like holding hands in public. Acceptance and/or tolerance goes a long way. All shapes, sizes, colors. No matter race, religion, orientation – see one another as human.”
Tru is on a mission to improve health and well-being for all with seven delicious varieties of enhanced sparkling water and a commitment to help prevent suicides in LGBTQ+ youth with a $10,000 donation during Pride Month.
With an industry-leading antioxidant blend, Ryl™ Tea is a different kind of iced tea—and The Ryl Company is celebrating our unique differences and making a commitment to help prevent suicides in LGBTQ+ youth with a $2,000 donation during Pride Month.
Beautiful, colorful bouquets aren’t the only way Sunshine Bouquet is making the world a better place—the company is also making a commitment to help prevent suicides in LGBTQ+ youth with a $3,000 donation during Pride Month.