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"Pride is important, especially for those people who do not feel accepted for who they are"; an interview with Jodee Hill

Pride Month

Happy Pride Month!  Every year, during the month of June, the LGBTQ+ community celebrates Pride Month in a number of different ways.  June was chosen because it is when the Stonewall Riots took place, in 1969. Although there are a lack of physical Pride events this year due to the pandemic, we are working collaboratively with industry partners including Network Rail, other train operating companies and the Rail Delivery Group to deliver a virtual Pride Festival later this month. Keep an eye out for further updates on this! To start off Pride Month, we interviewed our Marketing Executive for WMR, Jodee Hill about Pride.

Working with Rail Industry partners on virtual Pride

Pride means a lot to Jodee and to many of us across the organisation. WMT have a LGBTQ+ group Aspect and there is an Aspect Yammer group so do join into the conversations on there.

Network Rail’s LGBTQ+ network group Archway have a range of activities which are also posted upon our Aspect’s Yammer Page so do check them out. Network Rail have been running LGBTea virtual coffee shop sessions every Friday in May and this will continue throughout June for Pride Month – check out Aspect Yammer group for further details.

We are also working with Rail industry colleagues on a virtual Pride festival which will commence around 22 June. There will be lots of virtual activities including a Pride photo competition so do start digging out your photos from previous prides or take some photos of you celebrating Pride month at home. We will give you more information about these events and competitions in next week’s branch so do watch this space! We would also love to hear your Pride stories and this week, we spoke to Jodee Hill, Marketing Executive, WMR. Check out her interview below.

Chatting about Pride with Jodee Hill