Updated: Oct 13, 2020
LGBT Pride Month is a fantastic outlet for many individuals and organizations to express their support and love for individuals of the LGBTQ community. For companies such as Comcast, this month proved an exceptional time to display their support for those in PRIDE.
As this month marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, Comcast is making sure this pivotal event in LGBT history is vastly recognized. Earlier in the month, television news network NBC published an in-depth, striking documentary on the events that transpired during the Stonewall Riots. In an effort to raise more awareness, Comcast will host a screening of excerpts from the docuseries on July 8 at the Comcast Technology Center, along with a panel featuring leaders in the LGBT community such as:
Mark Segal, LGBTQ civil rights pioneer and Comcast Diversity Advisory Council member,
Sekiya Dorsett, award-winning writer and producer of the docuseries,
And Amber Hikes, City of Philadelphia’s Office of LGBTQ Affairs.
To demonstrate even more recognition for the event, a “Stonewall 50” collection was added to Xfinity’s LGBTQ Collection, featuring film and television recommendations from The Stonewall National Museum and Archives and 17 other national and regional LGBTQ organizations.
In conjunction with the docuseries production, NBC sub-outlet "NBC Out" released its #Pride50 List, which includes a diverse group of honorees, including distinguished individuals such as:
U.S. Rep. Sharice Davids;
National Black Justice Coalition’s David Johns;
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot;
SNL Writer Bowen Yang;
Advocate for LGBTQ Elders, Jerry Mallicoat;
Trans Army Captain Aliva Stehlik; and
And Mother of the LGBTQ Rights Movement Barbara Gittings.
Furthermore, Comcast News-makers produced its 7th Annual LGBTQ Pride Series, featuring interviews with:
From Comcast themselves, a new marketing campaign was launched in honor of the LGBT community entitled "Pride Has a Home Here" in an effort to solidify their stance as supporters of the LGBT community.
Additionally, NBC once again displayed support by showcasing EOnline's “Barrier-Breaking Moments in TV History for Pride Month”, which highlighted, among other moments, NBC airing the first lesbian wedding during a Friends episode, as well as NBC’s Will & Grace and Bravo’s Queer Eye for the Straight Guy.
Perhaps one of the more significant contributions to this year's PRIDE month comes in the form of funds that Comcast is willing to supply. Throughout this month, Comcast has provided a grant to OneArchives Foundation’s LGBTQ Digital Hub initiative, which is a collaboration between OneArchives, The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, the Stonewall National Museum and Archives, and other leading museums and archives to digitize their LGBTQ collections so that they can be shared and accessed online.
In the last major contribution Comcast has given to members of the LGBT community, Comcast and NBCUniversal’s LGBTQ employee resource group, OUT, will participate in over 20 PRIDE celebrations throughout the US, including NYC, LA and Philadelphia. Through this action, Comcast will provide direct support and acknowledgement to those celebrating PRIDE.