Pride Month is a time to reflect on the trials the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ+) community has endured and celebrate the contributions many have made and continue to make for equality. That is why the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce is proud to celebrate and take part in Pride Month and recognize the resilience of the individuals who work tirelessly to fight for the LGBTQ+ community to live freely and authentically, as well as celebrate the progress that has been made.

Throughout June, Chamber staff were invited to participate in events and review news, articles, and resources to gain a broader and in-depth understanding of the LGBTQ+ community — the history, trailblazers, policies, and so much more.

The Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce staff are proud to show their true colors this Pride Month by celebrating the LGBTQ+ community and what is most important — living openly, with confidence and authenticity. And you have our support. LGBTQ+ friends, neighbors, and businesses, thank you for being you.

As a gay man and ally, I am proud to work for an organization that recognizes the resilience of the individuals who work tirelessly to fight for the LGBTQIA+ community to live freely and authentically and celebrate the progress that has been made.

Brandon Davis
Vice President, Marketing & Communications

Inclusivity matters. It is a necessity to educate staff on the history of the LGBTQIA+ community. As an ally, I understand the importance of creating a workplace culture that supports diversity, equity, and inclusion for everyone. Our organization promoted a safe and trusted discussion for our colleagues to listen and learn. We have created a thriving work environment for all my colleagues to feel comfortable with self-expression and because of these steps we can celebrate the LGBTQIA+ community during Pride month and beyond.

Adrienne Mcfarland
Virtual Coordinator, Small Business Development Center

Dedicating time to reflect on Pride Month and ways to support the LGBTQIA+ community is so important for us as we continue to learn and work on being intentionally inclusive. I appreciate the opportunity to connect with colleagues while also learning new information around these significant issues that impact all of us personally and collectively within the business community.

Beth Marcotte
Manager of Events

Pride month allows individuals to intentionally reflect on historical moments and celebrate all forms of love. I deeply value my ability to engage in open conversation in a professional setting and seek to work toward creating an equitable community for LGBTQ+ individuals.

Hannah Ashby
Marketing & Communications Intern