A.T. Kearney honors the people who fight every day for a more inclusive society by participating in the 2017 New York City Pride March. But for each step forward, we are reminded there is still a long way to go.
This year’s Pride Month, like those before it, gives us an opportunity to reflect on progress, and on the essential rightness of appreciating people for who they are, promoting equality and diversity, and fostering a safe and supportive environment for all.
Last year’s event was overshadowed by the murders in an Orlando nightclub. In the twelve months since, there have certainly been some strides towards equality for members of the LGBTQ community in several countries globally, and this is visible in Europe, where three of the continent’s heads of government are openly gay. Still, however, we continue to see regressive steps in too many parts of the world, where individuals live in fear of violence and persecution because of who they love or how they express their gender.
For each step forward, we are reminded that there is still a long way to go. That is why, on Sunday 25 June, A.T. Kearney will participate for the first time in New York City Pride March, the world’s largest Pride parade. These symbolic gatherings are a celebration of life and community, promoting civil rights, inclusion and diversity, and remembering those lost to illness, violence and neglect. I’m proud that members of the firm’s own global GALA Network, which supports its communities in many important ways, will lead us on the day.
Let’s honor the people who fight every day for a more inclusive society – one that promotes dignity and equality for all. When society embraces progress, as it did recently in Taiwan, we should celebrate. But we should also recognize the tireless work of those who carry on, even when their cause might appear thankless or hopeless, and acknowledge how much remains to be done.
Managing Partner and Chairman of the Board, Global