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LGBTQ Pride Month is Here


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June 4, 2020

LGBTQ Pride Month is held annually during the month of June to promote the self-affirmation, dignity, equality, and increased visibility of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people as a social group. JSC’s Out & Allied Employee Resource Group (O&A ERG) is engaging in awareness campaigns and hosting virtual events to commemorate the month in anticipation of Houston Pride later this year and Ally Week in September.  Pride Houston has delayed the Houston Pride Parade & Festival until the fall due to COVID-19 (exact date TBD).

All JSC team members are also invited to participate in 2 fun activities including applying a rainbow filter to their profile pictures on MS Teams and to wear rainbow apparel on Thursdays during the month of June.

·         Show Your PRIDE!: wear LGBTQ-affirming clothes every Thursday in the month of June

·         #MSTeamsPRIDE!: apply a rainbow filter to your profile photo in MS Teams for the month of June, go here to make it happen

These events are coordinated by JSC’s Out & Allied ERG in collaboration with the JSC Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity.  For updates, please visit the LGBTQ Pride Month Homepage.


Pride Kick-Off – A Virtual Town Hall with Out & Equal

·         June 1 / 2:00 pm / Zoom (Register Here)

·         Kick off the month of Pride with Erin Uritus, CEO of Out & Equal. Learn more about the history of Pride and why celebrating is important, now more than ever. Come wearing your favorite pride swag and prepare to join in as Erin engages attendees in pride-centered dialogue and activities.

Virtual Social – Pride Trivia / Dress Up!

·         June 5 / 5:00 – 6:00 pm / MS Teams

·         Join O&A ERG for its first-ever Pride Trivia social! Best pride flair and prizes (e-gift cards) for winners.

·         Link: Go to LGBTQ Pride Month Homepage for MS Teams link

Lunch and Learn: Allyship and Putting Pride into Action with John Sims

·         June 10 / 12:00 – 1:00 pm / MS Teams

·         Join O&A ERG as they host John Sims, Deputy Director of HHPD, to discuss Allyship and how to put Pride into Practice.  Q&A session to follow.

·         Link: Go to LGBTQ Pride Month Homepage for MS Teams link

Pride Month Keynote Dr. Martine Rothblatt

·         June 16 / 9:00 – 10:30 am / WebEx

·         Join O&A ERG as they hear from Dr. Martine Rothblatt, a transgender activist, highly successful CEO of a biotech company, and founder of Sirius satellite radio. This event is hosted by NASA GSFC.

·         Link: Go to LGBTQ Pride Month Homepage for WebEx link

Pride Movie Night: TBD

·         June 19 / 7:00 – 9:00 pm / MS Teams

·         Join O&A ERG as they watch an LGBTQ themed movie as chosen by the membership! Candidates include “Love, Simon”, “Milk”, and “Philadelphia”. Voting open June 8-12.

·         To vote, go here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GJSG7G3

·         Link: Go to LGBTQ Pride Month Homepage for MS Teams link

Lunch and Learn: Being An Ally to the Trans Community with Jeannie Neil

·         June 23 / 11:30 am – 12:30 pm / WebEx

·         Join O&A ERG as they hear from Ms. Neil is the Capacity Director of the Transgender Assistance Program of Virginia, and hosts a local transgender support group on the eastern shore of Maryland.  This event is hosted by NASA WFF.

·         Link: Go to LGBTQ Pride Month Homepage for WebEx link

Ask Us Anything / Ally Challenge 

·         June 29 / 11:30 am – 12:30 pm / MS Teams

·         Ever wanted to ask an LGBTQ-related question but felt silly? Well this is your chance! Keep it classy and clean and we’ll give you nothing but realness. At the end, we’ll talk about how you can take the Ally Challenge!

·         Ask Your Questions / Upvote: http://www.tricider.com/brainstorming/2XXOBVh0jC7

·         Link: Go to LGBTQ Pride Month Homepage for MS Teams link