This June, we are excited to celebrate International Pride Day on June 28 and Pride Month in many countries. Pride, globally celebrated throughout the year, brings us together to recognize the struggles and contributions of LGBTQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and all the other gender identities and sexual orientations used by members of the community) people to making our world—and conservation—more inclusive for all.
Guided by our Nature’s Pride Employee Resource Group and many colleagues across The Nature Conservancy, we want to use our voice to celebrate the strength that diversity brings to the mission of protecting the lands and waters on which ALL life depends.
For our organization, this means including more diverse perspectives with different backgrounds at the decision-making table earlier and more often. It means pausing to listen and learn from the communities we serve as we are working to solve urgent problems facing our planet. It means denouncing homophobic and transphobic practices and policies that harm and compromise the identities and rights of LGBTQ+ peoples. At TNC, we recognize we have more to do and understand to better embody our values, and we thank the LGBTQ+ community for advocating for and modeling diversity, equity and inclusion.
TNC and our Nature’s Pride have rallied staff and supporters to participate in Pride parades and marches in many cities and communities where we work. As in previous years, we are using a rainbow version of our Oak Leaf logo in email signatures and on TNC’s global digital channel to express our commitment to respecting people, communities and cultures.
The Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world’s toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. We are tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at an unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably and helping make cities more sustainable. Working in more than 70 countries and territories, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit nature.org or follow @nature_press on Twitter.