Telia Company celebrates diversity at Pride

Telia Company celebrates 50 years of Pride and shows its continued support of equal rights for everyone.

Pride season is here and this year’s festivities, held all over the world to celebrate lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer culture and pride and to support diversity and equality, are set to be even more special. 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the uprising in Stonewall outside New York City that sparked the global movement.

Anne Larilahti, Head of Sustainability at Telia, says that Pride is an opportunity to show its continued commitment to diversity and inclusion. Telia Company will be showcasing its support of Pride in Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden and the Baltics.

“At Telia Company, we believe in equal human rights for all people, we embrace and will continue to push for diversity. By expressing our continuous support for colleagues and customers in the Nordics and Baltics participating in the Pride festivities, we want to make it clear that the company is for equality for everyone, in and out of the workplace, in all our markets,” she says.

The celebrations kicked of last week in Vilnius, Lithuania, which is hosting the Baltic Pride this year, with Telia Company participating for the first time in the Baltics.

“Participating in the Baltic Pride was inspiring to say the least,” Larilahti says. “There were not very many other companies involved, as the issue is very controversial in Lithuania. But Telia Lithuania decided to take a stand. I was extremely proud to wear the Pride t-shirt with the company logo, and march and dance with our great colleagues, making it clear that we stand for equality and the beauty of diversity.”

Fact Pride celebrates 50 years
Pride is celebrated globally during the summertime with cultural festivals, street parades, parties and public speeches to commemorate the police-provoked riots among homosexuals which took place in New York in June 1969.