Mars Supports Pride Month 2018 at Pride Events Worldwide
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This month, Mars is once again raising the rainbow flag in support of the LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer) community during Pride month.

Pride month dates back to the Stonewall Riots in June of 1969 in New York City when police stormed the Inn, known as a safe haven for the LGBTQ community. Unlike prior raids, patrons now stood their ground, taking a stance on discrimination and violence. Decades later, the incident and subsequent protests are seen as the start of the gay rights movement.

June is now a time for the LGBTQ community and their supporters to commemorate the hard fought battles of the past and celebrate acceptance. It’s also a time to spotlight a community that promotes equality and celebrates diversity. At Mars, we share in those values. We pride ourselves on being a business to benefit our people, and that means supporting our people in both their professional and personal lives. We think that makes Mars a great place to work.

Michelle Thomas, Global Inclusion & Diversity Leader, says support for inclusion and diversity starts at the top. “Inclusive work environments are built upon different perspectives,” she explains. “When employees feel the freedom to be their authentic selves without fear of discrimination, collaboration and cooperation become a way of life.”

At Mars, our product stands behind our people. We’re showing our support for the LGBTQ community at Pride Events worldwide. June 24, M&M’S® will serve as a Gold Sponsor in the NYC Pride March while Petcare will march at Nashville Pride. That same day, we’ll parade through the Windy City for the Chicago March. Skittles® will wrap things up at the London March in July.

Follow along on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to see how our Associates are celebrating and supporting Pride month. Then, show us your #LGBTQ support and tell us why you’re #proudlyMars on social media with your #PrideMonth2018 pics.