June 1 marked the start of Pride Month, a celebration of — and support for — the LGBTQ+ communities.

Pride Month commemorates the riots and protests that created awareness of deep-seated problems and energized people to take action to create substantial change. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer or Questioning and allies (LGBTQ+) Pride Month is celebrated in June to honor the Stonewall Uprising in Manhattan which lasted six days in June 1969 as police clashed with LGBTQ protesters.

Below, please find some Pride Month announcements and as well as Pride Month events related to electric utilities and the energy industry.

PNM and AVANGRID said they donated $25,000 to nonprofits in honor of National Pride Month. Alianza of New Mexico, Casa Q, Equality New Mexico, Transgender Resource Center of New Mexico and Youth Shelters & Family Services each received $5,000 toward their services.

“PNM is proud to support our LGBTQ+ community while promoting diversity, equity and inclusion throughout our state,” said Pat Vincent-Collawn, Chairman and CEO for PNM.

Pacific Gas and Electric celebrates Pride Month with #LoveandPride. Brian M. Wong, vice president, deputy general counsel and corporate secretary for PG&E shared a story on the PGE Currents website about a time earlier in his career when he pushed his organization to consider its LGBTQ+ employees’ rights when it proposed a relocation. Wong said PG&E’s Pride Network Employee Resource Group is holding online events over the course of the month and the group will be marching in several Pride Parades throughout the state.  

Also in California, the Public Utilities Commission tweeted that it expanded its supplier diversity program to include utility procurement goals from LGBT businesses.

The Orlando Utilities Commission and NiSource also tweeted that they are proud to celebrate and stand with the LGBTQ+ community.

Out in Energy, a national umbrella network for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Intersex (LGBTQI) professionals working across the US energy and climate sectors, and across all energy sources and technologies shared several events that are relevant to Pride Month, including:

BTW, Out in Energy has T-shirts for sale through mid-June. Learn more here.

Is your utility or company celebrating Pride Month? Let Power-Grid.com know what you are doing and we will add it to this list.

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