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LGBTQ+ at Eastridge

The LGBTQ+ Committee enables allies to engage in supportive activities and learn about the LGBTQIA+ community as a whole. By collaborating with the unified goal of advancing equality, the LGBTQ+ Committee continues to amplify Eastridge’s DE&I success and equity for all. The LGBTQ+ Committee supports and encourages our colleagues to be open and forward-thinking when it comes to questions or issues specific to the LGBTQ+ community.

Created to strengthen Eastridge's connection to the LGBTQ+ community, our committee fosters a sense of unity between members and allies through a variety of professional, academic, and social activities.

Open Discussions

The LGBTQ+ Committee meets regularly to discuss critical topics like the current political climate, milestones in the LGBTQ+ rights movement, law review, pronoun significance, and more.

Through these meetings, employee-owners who identify as LGBTQ+ or as allies have a community hub for having vital conversations around key topics and issues and offers resources for support, education, and awareness.

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Inclusive Events & Inspiring Guest Speakers

The committee celebrates many DE&I events like Coming Out Day (Oct. 11), Pride Month (June), International Pronouns Day (Oct. 3), Transgender Awareness Week (November), and more. Other events include volunteering, social activities, and community activism as we work to expand awareness and support for vital issues within the LGBTQ+ community.

In addition, with employees based in the U.S. and Mexico, we also focus on international laws and issues facing the LGBTQ+ community abroad. The LGBTQ+ Committee volunteers and fundraises for a Tijuana non-profit, Cocut Comunidad Cultural de Tijuana LGBTI, a non-profit civil association that promotes respect for the LGBTIQ+ community. In May 2022, we hosted Susy Barrales of Union Trans Tijuana as a guest speaker. 

The group has also hosted Brian Kendall Sims as a speaker; Sims is an American politician, activist, and attorney. He has been a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for the 182nd district since 2012. Sims is the first openly-gay elected state legislator in Pennsylvania history. Past committee meetings have also hosted guest speakers such as Van Ethan Levy, Brittany Leach, and Sam Sharon, Ph.D., among other researchers and community figures in the LGBTQ+ community. 

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Upcoming Events

Together, the members of the committee work toward career enrichment and supporting LGBTQ+ businesses, entrepreneurs, and other LGBTQ+ organizations. Members use their skills and expertise to provide resume and career services, creating new opportunities for people from all backgrounds and walks of life.