Pride in London – Pride heroes!
By Timothy Smith, Content Manager, Thomson Reuters
Just what or who is a “pride hero?” That is the question we asked ourselves as we prepared to march to the theme of this year’s Pride in London festival. Was it one of the one million plus people who lined the streets of London? The 250 groups made up of more than 30,000 people that they were cheering? Maybe it was the 62% of people who voted to allow same-sex marriage in Ireland in May this year, or the governments of 18 countries around the world who now allow equal marriage rights for same-sex couples?
In Thomson Reuters we had own our heroes. They were the 90 people from all over the UK and Ireland joined by our international members from Europe and the US who made this our largest ever group to attend Pride in London, waving, cheering and proudly wearing Thomson Reuters t-shirts, orange capes in the glorious London sun. They were our creative services team who produced 5,000 orange crowns, 7,000 business cards and wristbands to hand out to the crowd; the same team who produced the Thomson Reuters Pride message displayed to all in Canary Wharf on our Jumbotron screen. It was also the Thomson Reuters staff who handed out Love Hearts in the London and Nottingham offices, and organised social and external events in the build up to Pride, to celebrate our sponsorship of the event for the first time.
Maybe it is one of the 1,600+ Thomson Reuters colleagues who declared they were “on side with Pride” and showed their support for a world where every human is treated equally.
We were also hugely proud of the product and development team behind our own Convene app, led by Matt Khoury, who built the official Pride in London app to help people plan their Pride festival. All of this helped us to raise our profile not just in London, and not just to the LGBT community, but to customers around the world.
Over 40% of the world’s lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender (LGBT) population live in countries that could kill or imprison them. That figure rises to 70% when you consider those who live under laws and regulations that restrict freedom of expression for LGBT people. A recent global survey found 90% of the transgender population had experienced harassment or mistreatment while working. Whatever your definition of a “pride hero,” despite the many gains that have been made over the past few years globally, there’s still more work to be done.