Boston Fed celebrates Pride Month with plaza outreach, 'human pride banner'
Activities aim to highlight Boston Fed’s commitment to diversity, inclusion
The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston kicked off its Pride Month celebrations with a rainbow flag-draped police cruiser, lots of Pride ribbons, and by unfurling a massive “human pride banner” involving nearly 80 staffers on Federal Reserve Plaza.
The festivities aim to show support for the LGBTQ community and highlight that the Boston Fed is an inclusive place to work.
“It’s great to see that so many people are excited about the celebrations and look forward to them each year,” said Kolton Godfrey, a law enforcement officer with the Federal Reserve police and co-chair of a Boston Fed employee resource group for the LGBTQ community called A1-FACT.
“It’s a nice feeling as a member of the LGBTQ community that I’m wanted, accepted, and highly regarded in my place of work,” Godfrey said.
The first celebration was hosted on Federal Reserve Plaza by A1-FACT – which stands for A1-Friends, Allies, Coming Together. The Human Resources department and the Federal Reserve Police joined the group to hand out awareness ribbons that show support and advocacy for LGBTQ rights. They also distributed information about the Bank and ways to support the LGBTQ community. A Federal Reserve police cruiser adorned with the Pride flag was the featured part of the display, and volunteers said they handed out over 300 ribbons over two days.
The celebrations continued Tuesday with a Fed tradition – the “human pride banner.” Six colored ribbons were stretched out by staff to form the Pride flag from an aerial view.
Pam Harris, assistant vice president in the Bank’s office of diversity and inclusion said the Bank is always proud to celebrate Pride month with A1-FACT and all employees.
“We value diversity at the Fed not just this month, but every month,” she said. Acknowledging the celebration of our diversity is important to us and how it supports our mission.”