New York Life celebrates Pride month.


New York Life continues its longstanding tradition of hosting cultural, historical, and social events in support of the LGBT community during Pride Month this June.

The month of June has evolved into Pride Month after the events of June 1969, when people staged an uprising after a Greenwich Village gay bar, the Stonewall Inn, was raided by police. The Stonewall Riots, as they came to be known, are considered the point when the modern LGBT rights movement took root.

New York Life has a proud history of supporting the LGBT community, including having signed a 2013 amicus brief opposing the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and supporting marriage equality. In 2017, New York Life backed the United Nations LGBT Standards of Conduct for Business and this year we’ve once again maintained a perfect score of 100 percent on the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index, being designated a Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality.

“New York Life will be making history of our own at this year’s New York City Pride March,” says NYL Pride co-chair Matthew Nelson. “This will be our 10th consecutive year marching in it. In 2008, we started with 20 marchers, and this year we’re aiming to have 200 colleagues march along with our float."

"New York Life will be making history of our own at this year’s New York City Pride March." 

Matthew Nelson, NYL Pride co-chair

Our Employee resource group, NYLPride, has been long been a welcoming place for its members and friends. The group has worked tirelessly on community outreach, focusing on volunteer efforts supporting community service initiatives for LGBT youth, gender education, and senior organizations.

Earlier this year, NYLPride introduced an Ally Program, Out Loud and Proud, an internal community to encourage straight and gay allies to help us continue to develop an inclusive work environment in which all employees feel comfortable and valued. 

Our LGBT employees—as well as veterans—are able to voluntarily identify themselves in HR Central, allowing New York Life to more effectively measure, recruit, support, and retain employees from these communities. Such self-identification can also expand opportunities for employees to make use of their unique backgrounds and experiences, benefiting both the company and their careers.

Please join us as New York Life and NYLPride celebrates LGBT Pride this June and throughout the year as well.

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