Southern Nuclear celebrates Pride Month and is committed to supporting the LGBTQ+ community. This ongoing commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion is reflected in Our Values, which encourage us to embrace, respect and value our differences. We’re focused on creating an environment where employees with different backgrounds and perspectives can realize their full potential while being their authentic selves, living their lives with pride and authenticity.
Southern Company’s commitment to diversity is reflected in our 100% rating on the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation’s 2021 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), and we have been named one of the Best Places to Work for LGBTQ+ Equality by the HRC for five consecutive years. Despite the progress that has been made for the LGBTQ+ community in recent years, there is still work to do, and this is a good time to learn more about the history of Pride Month and how to be a better ally, making our workplace more inclusive.
Pride Month began as a commemoration of the 1969 Stonewall Riots, following discriminatory police raids of gay and lesbian bars in New York City. The month-long celebration now honors the LGBTQ+ community and their struggles for inclusion, and it serves as a time of increased advocacy for gay rights.
Our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Business Partner, Kaitlin Giles, offers suggestions to those wishing to be a better ally to the LGBTQ+ community: “First, be willing to listen and learn,” she suggests. “Read as much as you can to educate yourself, and pay attention to your language, striving to be inclusive always.”