Microsoft Celebrates Pride Worldwide, Including in the Metaverse – Newsroom

pride Celebrate with employees around the world at Microsoft to raise awareness and equality for the LGBTQIA+ community – every day of the month and year.Microsoft released Microsoft Unlocka digital experience that will bring together stories from the LGBTQIA+ community and immersive experiences on topics related to accessibility, sustainability, culture, science and technology over the coming months.

Pride Knows No Borders – Pride Events at the June 17 Yen Festival

From the motto “Pride knows no borders”, Microsoft’s LGBTQIA+ community organization, in June 17 exist 6pm An experimental event in the Metaverse. Participants will gain an in-depth look at Pride’s history in a virtual world and learn from activists, gaming and LGBTQIA+ communities from Microsoft, Xbox, and the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA), among others Learn more about LGBTQIA+ rights from players and advocates. ) and OutRight Action International. Learn more at aka.ms/talkpride.

Pride of Portugal 2022

With diversity and inclusion as one of the pillars of its culture, Microsoft develops and promotes an internal employee base that makes a difference locally, regionally and globally.To give the LGBTQIA+ community a voice, he founded in 1993 Global LGBTQIA+ employees and allies of the Microsoft Employee Resource Group (GLEAM), and started its activities in Portugal in 2018.Currently, the group has 120 members And, growing every year since its inception, 75% in the number of participants.

In 2019, Microsoft attended Pride Parade in Lisbon for the first time through GLEAM with 60 employees and their families. In 2020, it organized the world’s first virtual Pride event with the support of 137 volunteer Microsoft employees in Portugal. Last year, Microsoft also held a digital event with the “together we cantells the story of GLEAM member Portuguese employees who demonstrate how they have achieved diversity and inclusion in their company culture.

The most global Microsoft pride ever

Pride at Microsoft focuses on the intersectionality of the LGBTQIA+ movement across race, ethnicity and geography, highlighting the challenges facing communities and calling for a coordinated global response.In honor of this year’s event, Microsoft is donating $170,000 LGBTQIA+ nonprofit OutRight Action International, Rainbow Families Africa, National Center for Transgender Equality, Mermaid, Lavender Rights Project, and Fulcrum UA.Added in this action Eight One million U.S. dollars Donated by Microsoft and its collaborators since last year.

Microsoft operates in more than 120 countries, many of which still do not provide legal protections for the LGBTQIA+ community or even limit their identities. In choosing this year’s Pride focus, GLEAM members reflect on the intersectionality of the LGBTQIA+ community, centering on the stories of Black and African American, Asian, Indigenous, Hispanic and Latino LGBTQIA+, and highlighting the importance of today’s global challenges interrelatedness.

“Diversity and inclusion issues are complex and at different speeds, whether in terms of gender representation, sexual orientation, ethnicity, socioeconomic background, skills and perspectives. But no town is too small, and no village is too remote, Pride cannot be celebrated. Therefore, we invite everyone to join this year’s Microsoft Pride celebration in the Metaverse to reinforce our global commitment to LGBTQIA+ rights.”

Sergio Matos, Head of GLEAM, Microsoft Portugal

A voice for over 30 LGBTQIA+ communities

Over the last year, GLEAM has adopted more than a dozen community flags to drive recognition of different LGBTQIA+ communities.This year, the number of communities represented in Microsoft campaigns has nearly doubled, with 33 LGBTQIA+ Identity Signs, One Ally Sign, and One Polyamory Sign.

Microsoft’s Most Inclusive Pride Series

Since 2018, Microsoft has introduced Pride products into its products to celebrate and make visible the intersectionality and strength of the LGBTQIA+ community. This year, GLEAM members teamed up with Microsoft Teams to release the most inclusive collection in Microsoft history:

  • Xbox – Explore curated games, community stories, nonprofit partnerships and more – all created by and with the LGBTQIA+ community.
  • Xbox Design Lab Pride Controller – Customize your Xbox Wireless Controller with new designs from Xbox Design Lab and Pride. Available June 9 in all Xbox Design Lab markets.
  • Xbox Gear – “Wear” with pride with limited edition t-shirts, handbags and more.
  • Xbox Games – Celebrate pride with LGBTQIA+ creators on Xbox.
  • Microsoft Store – Explore a collection of games and movies curated by Microsoft’s LGBTQIA+ community.
  • Windows – A new Windows background inspired by the flags of the LGBTQIA+ community.
  • Microsoft 365 – Celebrate the pride of Microsoft 365 Apps with a special theme inspired by the flag of the LGBTQIA+ community.
  • Microsoft Teams – Over 50 new Pride virtual backgrounds.
  • Microsoft Teams Mobile App – Use the “Show Your Pride” theme in the Microsoft Teams app.
  • Outlook Mobile – Embrace pride in Outlook Mobile with themes inspired by the Pride, Trans, Lesbian, Bisexual and Nonbinary logos.
  • Skype – Celebrate pride with virtual backgrounds and scenes inspired by the LGBTQIA+ flag.
  • Microsoft Rewards – Join Microsoft Rewards to support OutRight Action International with Microsoft Bing surveys.
  • Bing – Explore the stories of people who have contributed to LGBTQIA+ equality.
  • Microsoft Unlocked – Explore our new Pride release center Immersive stories from the LGBTQIA+ community and beyond.
  • Microsoft Design – Discover the story of the designer behind the Pride collection
  • Microsoft Life – Explore the stories of Microsoft contributors from around the world.

Microsoft has supported the LGBTQIA+ community since 1989, the year it was one of the first companies to introduce sexual orientation into its nondiscrimination policy. Microsoft has publicly supported marriage equality even before it became legal in the U.S. — and continues to support all types of families. In addition, Microsoft has been awarded 100 points in the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Business Equality Index for 17 consecutive years.

Watch a video of Microsoft Western Europe’s Pride event here:

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