One World, One Pride – June is LGBTQ+ Pride

Every June, we commemorate LGBTQ+ Pride to celebrate achievements & self-acceptance of those in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer community, promote social inclusion of sexual and gender diversity, and protest discrimination and violence still perpetuated against this community.

This year, for the first time in history, the United States will be hosting World Pride bringing together an expected 4 million people, making this the largest Pride celebration in world history. 2019 celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, a series of protests and demonstrations against a police raid at the Stonewall Inn in NYC that is considered to be the catalyst for the modern fight for LGBTQ+ rights in the United States and the world.

2019 also celebrates the 10th anniversary of the IPG business resource group IPGLBT, which works with MERGE and the other BRGs to make IPG one of the most diverse and inclusive companies in the world. It ensures that LGBTQ+ employees, consumers, and their allies are treated respectfully within IPG, its agencies, and that the work we do for our clients reflects our values. This includes helping IPG receive a perfect score of 100 on the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index for its 10th time and getting the distinction of “Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality.”

In this communication, you will see some of the great work that IPGLBT has done recently done, including the launch of our #IPGLBT50Proud initiative, for the milestone anniversary this year. 



This Pride month, IPGLBT wanted to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots by sharing with you uniquely personal stories from our own LGBTQ+ employees and allies in the New York metro area. They discuss what Pride means to them, the importance of an inclusive & safe work environment, sharing our community’s history, and more.

Click here to visit the microsite and view the videos.

If you are inspired by the videos and would like to share your own story, please post on social media with #IPGLBT50Proud to help us reach our goal of showcasing 50 proud voices across the IPG family.


Second Edition of the IPGLBT Pride Guide

Last year, IPGLBT created the Pride Guide which provide agencies and employees with important information about the LGBTQ+ community, helpful organizations and resources to connect with, and programming examples to help facilitate a more inclusive community and help build a strong base of allies.

This year, the group has published second edition of the guide. Besides updates like new terminology, additional issues facing the community, and more resources, they have also included two new sections that spotlight some LGBTQ+-inclusive work our agencies have created, and select programming IPGLBT has produced from the last decade.

Click here to download the new, updated version.



Recently, the Williams Institute released a report stating that 370,000 LGBTQ+ people in Michigan are vulnerable to discrimination especially when it comes to jobs. Because of this, IPGLBT Detroit is marching in Motor City Pride on Sunday, June 9th. The group will be passing out postcards to attendees to inform them IPG is a Best Place to Work for LGBTQ+ Equality and direct them to a site where they can find job postings for our various agencies in the Detroit-metro area.

Other agencies participating in local Pride marches:

  • MullenLowe, Hill Holiday, and Trilia in Boston on June 8

  • R/GA, 72andSunny, MullenLowe, and Deutsch in Los Angeles on June 9

  • Carmichael Lynch in Minneapolis on June 23

  • FCB & Golin in Chicago on June 30


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