In many countries around the world, June is Pride
month, a month that celebrates and commemorates the impact that LGBTQ+
individuals continue to have on society. This year, the spirit of Pride lives
on in our resilience in the fight for equality and acceptance for all within
our intersectional communities. Let us not forget that the uprising at
Stonewall in 1969 was led by many members of our intersectional community,
including prominent Black trans women, and that none of the progress made for
the acceptance and equality of LGBTQ+ people over the past 51 years would be
possible without their action and courage.
At Biogen, we foster belonging in our
intersectional communities where hate and discrimination have no place and
where we work to reduce disparities. For example, Biogen recently launched a
Health Equity team to address the experience of the LGBTQ+ and intersectional
health care communities. In recent years, our internal Diversity and Inclusion
team in the United Kingdom welcomed Bisi Alimi, a Nigerian gay
rights activist, who spoke to our colleagues about serving as an HIV and LGBTQ
advocate. Last year, Biogen hosted an Intersectionality Conference in Cambridge
that addressed the overlapping disadvantages and privileges we may have, and how
these identities influence how we show up in the world. In the United States,
Biogen has a strong history of taking a stand against several discriminatory
legislative bills. As Biogen continues to advocate for the health and safety of
Black and LGBTQ+ people, we recognize that to celebrate Pride is to stand in
unity and solidarity with our whole intersectional community.
Traditional celebrations of Pride are being
redefined globally as acts of solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement.
We have updated our Biogen social media channels with a new logo to honor the
intersectional community. We know that we have a lot more to learn and we
are committed to doing so with the goal of ensuring that Biogen is a truly
inclusive workplace in all our locations. Together, our voices and actions
carry weight and hope for meaningful change.