Tech fans come in all shapes, sizes, gender preferences, and identities. The thing that brings us together is our love of gadgets and gizmos. We celebrate the LGBTQ+ community in the month of June with Pride. It's when flags fly, parades fill the streets (though not this year), and we share our stories of love, understanding, and acceptance. Celebrating diversity and acceptance isn't something to be relegated to the middle of the year, however. Diversity and inclusivity is fostered in a culture that has an unwavering commitment to supporting its ideals. Apple has it in spades.
From its openly gay CEO to its yearly special edition Pride Apple Watch bands, Apple preaches about diversity and inclusivity of the LGBTQ+ community and backs up those words with everyday actions. Support for diversity in the workplace is on display with its Pride parades, commitment to workers' rights, employee networks, and more.
Apple's vast number of employees are able to connect through its Diversity Network Associations, which supports employee-led groups that foster a culture of belonging through education, leadership programs, and networking. More than 25,000 Apple employees belong to groups like Accessibility@Apple, Amigos@Apple, Black@Apple, Pride@Apple, Women@Apple, and a range of faith-based groups.
Outside of its workforce, Apple is lauded for its commitment to diversity. Apple has received a score of 100% every year on the Human Rights Campaign (HRC)'s Corporate Equality Index of the report's 18-year long existence. Today, there are a number of companies that score 100% in this report, but Apple has been at the top of this list since 2002 when only 5% of Corporate Equality Index companies had non-discrimination policies in place for gender identity and zero percent had transgender-inclusive health care benefits. Apple also participates in Pride parades every year, walking the parade route with a banner showing off its rainbow logo. Thousands of employees participate in these marches every year and the first Apple Watch Pride Edition band was actually a giveaway to employees who registered for the Pride Parade in San Francisco in 2016. It wasn't even available for public sale until a year later.
Today, the Pride Edition Apple Watch bands are hugely popular with a new one (or two) released every year. Since 2018, Apple has also designed Pride watch faces for Apple Watch, and this year, there are additional rainbow-themed customizations for the Numerals Mono, Numerals Duo, California, and Gradient watch faces.
Apple donates regularly to LGBTQ+ organizations and this year supports GLSEN, PFLAG, The Trevor Project, Gender Spectrum, The National Center for Transgender Equality, and ILGA World.
In 2019, Apple CEO Tim Cook received the GLSEN Champion award for his commitment to fighting for LGBTQ+ rights.
Last year, Apple joined 206 businesses to fight for LGBTQ+ workers' rights at the U.S. Supreme Court with a Title 7 amicus filing.
In March, Apple — along with 39 other companies — signed an HRC letter opposing anti-LGBTQ+ legislation being introduced in a handful of states that would take away rights, support, and medical care for members of the LGBTQ+ community.
If you haven't already seen the docu-series "Visiable: Out on Television (opens in new tab)" on TV+, this is a good month to sit down and binge-watch the entire mini-series. It dives into the LGBTQ+ community through interviews with entertainers and celebrities and covers historical events, portrayals in media, and more.
June is an important month for the LGBTQ+ community because it represents a time to celebrate what makes everyone unique. All year long, Apple maintains that ideology of celebrating the LGBTQ+ community and supporting diversity. Apple has Pride.
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- Apple's LGBTQ support
- Companies and LGBTQ orgs
- Representation in video games
- Movies still have a long way to go
- Best LGBTQ TV moments
- Inclusive games
- LGBTQ YouTubers
- Steven Universe opened the door
- Best of LGBTQ on Netflix
- PopSocket Pride
- Rewatch the best Pride parades
- Android + Pride t-shirts
- LGBTQ Twitch streamers
- Virtual Pride month from home
- LTGBQ TV & movies on Disney+
- Pride on Amazon Prime Video
- Apple + Pride t-shirts
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Lory is a renaissance woman, writing news, reviews, and how-to guides for iMore. She also fancies herself a bit of a rock star in her town and spends too much time reading comic books. If she's not typing away at her keyboard, you can probably find her at Disneyland or watching Star Wars (or both).
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