Comcast champions diversity and inclusion among our employees, our business partners, the communities we serve and the programming options we provide our customers.
It is important to us that every employee at our company – including LGBTQ employees and their allies – feel comfortable bringing their authentic selves to work every day.
Last night, Comcast organized #Pride9to5, a panel discussion about issues and trends affecting members of the LGBTQ community in the workplace. Sue O’Connell, host of “The Take” on necn and co-publisher of Bay Windows and South End News, moderated the discussion amongst Jill Stauffer, Senior Director of Customer Service for Comcast’s Greater Boston Region; Nancy Stager, EVP, Human Resources & Charitable Giving for Eastern Bank and Samuel Chambers, Mayor’s Liaison to South End, Bay Village and City-Wide LGBTQ Communities. It was a passionate discussion about the importance of advocacy and support in the workplace to ensure that all employees can bring their true selves to work every day.
Here are a couple of notable quotes from last night’s event:
- “In the workplace, it was a conscious choice of wearing the rainbow pin back then and certainly a lot more effort to come out publicly…Fortunately, it’s become easier.”-Jill Stauffer
- “I think it’s the only civil rights movement where corporations actually led the way before the government told them that they had to”-Sue O’Connell
- “If LGBT employees don’t feel supported at work, then they won’t be their true selves. And that takes leaders to say that this is a priority – ensuring that every employee can be their selves and that the workplace is a safe environment. I applaud leaders who strongly come out and say that I’m an ally and I’m here to support you. We’re here and we won’t tolerate bigotry and hate anywhere.”-Sam Chambers
- “It has to be a conscious effort across the organization. We need allies to step up too. Straight allies marching with their colleagues to show their support. Starts with the top. The diversity of opinions and backgrounds really does make work more fun. And including everyone makes a stronger contribution.”-Nancy Stager
The entire panel discussion can be viewed online here.
As Pride Week continues in Boston, dozens of our employees will be marching in tomorrow’s Boston Pride Parade. It’s another example of how we celebrate diversity all year round at Comcast.
Plus, Xfinity customers are invited to find the content that speaks to them within one of the largest, community-curated collections of LGBTQ movies and shows. The Xfinity LGBTQ Film & TV Collection makes it easy for LGBTQ community members and allies of all backgrounds to discover new and exciting content. Simply say “Pride” or “LGBTQ” into your X1 Voice Remote to view the full LGBTQ Film & TV Collection.