Pride, Pronouns, and Partnerships
05/15/2023 · Making a Difference
Despite our varied lifestyles, experiences, and interests, our 53,000 employees share a common goal of creating an inclusive culture of belonging at Wegmans. As we celebrate Pride month this June, we’re sharing some of the ways we’re helping to make a difference for LGBTQ+ communities both inside, and outside, of our stores.
A Community Ally
Through event sponsorships, donations, and volunteering, each of our divisions partner with local organizations that support LGBTQ+ communities in their area. Below are just a few examples:
- Trillium Health (Rochester, New York): More than just a clinic, Trillium Health is a community health center that provides judgement free and affordable care to the Rochester community. Their services range from primary care visits, to financial assistance, to support groups. Established in 2015, Trillium’s Transgender Center of Excellence offers health care tailored for transgender, genderqueer, and non-binary patients. In addition, Trillium Health organizes Rochester’s annual pride celebration, including a parade, festival, picnic, and other corresponding events.
- PFLAG (Columbia, Maryland and West Cary, North Carolina): Founded in 1973, PFLAG is the first and largest organization dedicated to supporting, educating, and advocating for LGBTQ+ people and their families. PFLAG has hundreds of chapters and more than 325,000 members nationwide. Our Columbia, Maryland, and West Cary, North Carolina, stores are both supporters of their local PFLAG chapters.
- The Welcome Project PA (Montgomery County, Pennsylvania): SAGA (Sexuality And Gender Acceptance), the largest program of The Welcome Project PA, is Montgomery County’s LGBTQ+ community center, providing support, education, advocacy, and resources. The Welcome Project PA also provides legal services, food and nutrition services, interfaith cooperation, and trauma-informed therapy and counseling to all marginalized communities, including newcomers to the US, refugees, vulnerable faith communities, and people living in poverty.
- Harvey Milk High School (Manhattan, New York): When Harvey Milk High School opened, it was the first public high school in the country specifically designed for LGBTQ+ youths. Today, the school welcomes all students in grades 9 – 12, regardless of their gender identity or sexual orientation. Located directly across the street from our future Astor Place store, we provided two graduating seniors from HMHS each with a $1,000 scholarship in a symbolic nod to our Employee Scholarship Program.
- Boston Pride for the People (Boston, Massachusetts): The Boston pride parade returns this year for the first time since 2019. The celebration was organized by Boston Pride for the People, a volunteer-led organization that plans activities and events that celebrate the rich diversity, culture, and intersectionality of the LGBTQ+ community.
Pride in Pronouns
Proper use of pronouns is an important sign of caring and respect, values that we embrace every day at Wegmans. More than two years ago, we began offering our employees the option to add pronouns to their nametags. Today, nearly 3,000 Wegmans employees have taken advantage of this option, including Jacklyn from our Rochester division:
“I use She/They pronouns and have them listed on my nametag. Which I do really appreciate as being an option, no job I’ve ever worked at before offered that,” said Jacklyn.
We strive to make our stores a welcoming place for everyone, and that starts with creating a supportive, inclusive environment for our employees.
“Our goal is to ensure that every employee feels a sense of belonging through our focus on inclusion,” said Ayana Douglas, senior vice president of Diversity and Inclusion and Maryland division manager. “We can’t always guess someone’s correct pronouns simply by looking at them. Sharing pronouns on nametags offers visual cues, which help prevent unintentional mistakes when communicating.”
To learn more about diversity and inclusion at Wegmans, visit our website.