Check Out How Microsoft Was Represented In Both ‘The Pride In London’ And ‘Seattle Pride’ Parades

Microsoft has been a pioneer in workplace diversity and it was one of the first companies in the world to offer employee benefits to same-sex domestic partners and to include sexual orientation in its corporate nondiscrimination policy. They even have an employee resource group—Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Employees at Microsoft (GLEAM) which now has more than 2000 members. In fact, Microsoft has earned a 100 percent on the 2014 Corporate Equality Index and the designation as a Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality for nine years in a row! Recently, Pride parades was conducted in London and Seattle. Microsoft employees participated in it to show their support and Microsoft as an organization also supported it with lots of resources. Check out some of the photos below to see their parade activities.

Microsoft was well represented at both the Pride in London and Seattle Pride Parades in 2014!  In London, 120 employees, partners, family and friends marched in support. This group was accompanied by a 20 piece samba band and 3 world class bubbleologists. In Seattle, over 150 LGBTQ and straight allies participated in the celebration. They were on hand to march in the parade, hand out swag, and support for the Seattle Pride community. Seattle Mayor Ed Murray was also in attendance showing his support.

Check out more photos here.

  • Blaze Blue

    Good for Microsoft

  • nyancat

    I personally hate this! Pride parades are incredibly stupid and only lead to more homophobia. Is one of those things people can do only because they are a minority.
    Think about this: If a group of people organized a Straight/Heterosexual Pride Parade how would everyone else react? Everyone would call it homophobic and discriminatory.
    I know some gay people and I don’t have any problems with them but the kind of people who goes out in the street attracting attention and telling everyone they are gay like that don’t deserve any respect from me…
    It’s a shame my favorite company makes part of something like this!

    • Nathan Bedford Forrest

      Amen brother! It’s just like those all those dark skin people wanting not to be slaves, or women with that equal rights crap, or Jews not wanting to be killed. It makes it so hard on us when those types do not understand there place in the world.

    • jevrock

      The whole reason for a Gay pride parade is because gay people don’t have equal rights in America. As soon as all men and women in America can marry the person they love then there will be no need for a gay pride parade. It’s an equal rights movement like they had in the 60’s for black people. Straight people make up 90% of all humans, and to be honest that parade will be overcrowded and boring.

    • funksmaname

      You’re missing the point entirely, straight people do not get constantly persecuted and discriminated against because of their sexual orientation, Gay/Lesbians and what not still do in this society we live in. You still hear very unfortunate stories about several African countries criminalising homosexuality and Russia’s recent laws which are disguised as just outlawing gay propaganda for minors are a reality of how much education and enlightening that is still required.

      Events such as this are supposed to be thought provoking, making people realise that everyone has a right to whatever sexual orientation they choose to align with, without fear of being persecuted or discriminated against.

    • Kristijan Sašilo

      Prides aren’t *just* a form of protest or whatever you think their purpose is. They are also a celebration of diversity and many other things. Sure, currently their main point, especially in some countries across Europe or Africa, is to draw attention to everyday discrimination we gay people have to endure but in some cities it’s a full blown festival! And why shouldn’t there be one? We humans love to celebrate everything, why shouldn LGBT people celebrate? The only inconveniece I see is blocked traffic. And blaming Prides for “more homophobia” is like blaming a woman for being raped because she “dressed provocatively”.

    • Nicholas Coulter

      Ah the old “I have a black friend, therefore I’m not racist” line. Saying that you have friends who are part of group that are being discriminated against does NOT mean that you are not being discriminatory. In fact it means that you are being more discriminatory. If you had just said that I have no problem with gay people, that would have been okay. The fact that you felt the need to justify yourself by singling out those friends of yours who are gay is what makes it not okay.

      Being openly gay myself and (trying) joining the military, I am glad that events like these exist. You know that I can’t legally marry and report my spouse on military paperwork? Do you know that my spouse won’t receive benefits? Do you know that if my spouse wishes to join me on assignment, they have to pay their way themselves? Do straight married couples have to do the same? Food for thought. Until such time as my marriage is recognized legally by the federal government of these United States, these events need to be carried out. Just as much as the Civil Rights sit ins and protests were needed. Luckily there’s no need for sit ins because there aren’t places that say “STRAIGHTS ONLY” in the windows as was the case with blacks and whites in the sixties.

      I’ll leave you with this: “Those who don’t remember the past are doomed to repeat it.” George Santayana. Learn your history and see the effects that these kinds of things had in the past. I.E: Women’s Suffrage movement, African-American Civil Rights Movement, Anti-Apartheid Movement, etc. Look at people like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, Nelson Mandela, Susan B. Anthony or any on this list: . If you believe that these events don’t help at all, then, my friend, you are sorely mistaken.

      I can vote [check], I can work [check], I can eat, sleep, shop anywhere I please [check]. I cannot marry. I cannot marry in THIRTY-ONE states. I cannot marry and receive federal tax benefits in any of the nineteen states that currently allow same-sex marriage licenses. It wasn’t until four years ago that “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” was repealed. So don’t tell me that these things aren’t working. They are. As of June 2014, A 10th Us Circuit Court of Appeals Judge struck down a ban on same-sex marriage in Utah. Colorado was also in the jurisdiction of the 10th circuit court and this ruling also affects the laws in Colorado. As of July 3, 2014 Licensure for gay marriage in Colorado has been stopped until such time as the 10th Circuit Court reaches a final decision involving Utah’s gay marriage ban.

  • robertwade

    Very disappointing.

  • koenshaku

    and now everyone on disqus can come out of the closet also as this post was intended…

    • TurmanC

      And with a bit of courage, you can too!