Amazon Canada Marks Pride Month with New Initiatives to Support and Celebrate 2SLGBTQ+ Employees and Local Communities

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Drag queen and television personality, Scarlett Bobovisited the GTA-based Amazon facility to host a Drag 101 for employees

TORONTO, June 24, 2022 /CNW/ – To celebrate Pride Month, Amazon Canada is highlighting the importance of diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace and beyond, through a series of educational initiatives and unique opportunities for employees to get involved in 2SLGBTQ+ celebrations in communities across the country.

“We are always working to find new ways to empower our workforce and provide opportunities to participate in initiatives that support and celebrate members of the 2SLGBTQ+ community,” said Derek Hoey, Amazon Area Manager and Glamazon Lead. “Under the Stronger Together umbrella, we are excited to celebrate the power of diverse backgrounds, perspectives and voices through a series of initiatives throughout Canada during Pride Month.”

Scarlett Bobo Fulfillment Center Tour and Employee Drag 101
Earlier this week, from Canada Drag Race Alumni, Scarlett BoBo, visited the company’s YYZ1 facility to tour operations, educate employees on the power of drag, what it means to the community and the importance of Pride Month, and host a Drag 101 for employees . On June 26she will join 200 local Amazon employees from the company’s Glaamazon affinity group to take part in the Toronto Pride Parade.

“I’m so excited to be part of the Pride Toronto 2022 Parade with Amazon,” said Scarlett Bobo. “It’s also great to be able to hang out with 2SLGBTQ+ employees and allies through Glamazon. It’s amazing to see a company like Amazon invest in diversity in the office and in the community.”

Glaamazon Affinity Group
Glaamazone is one of 14 Amazon Affinity Groups that helps connect, support and empower communities of employees around the world. The affinity group aims to raise awareness of 2SLGBTQ+ issues and promote opportunities for engagement inside and outside the company through mentoring and social gatherings, throughout the year. There are currently more than 40 Glaamazone chapters around the world, including corporate and operational chapters in Toronto.

“We are always working to find new ways to empower our workforce and participate in initiatives that support and celebrate members of the 2SLGBTQ+ community,” said Hooey, “We are thrilled to partner with Scarlett Bobo to provide our team with a fun and educational experience during Pride Month.”

Toronto Pride Parade
Amazon’s Toronto 2022 Pride Parade float is being developed in partnership with local ally and artist 2SLGBTQ+, Natalie Very B. The float is designed to represent the Glaamazone ethics of diversity, equity and inclusion. Natalie was chosen to design the float because of her commitment to educating people about the importance of anti-oppressive practices and promoting self-love and body neutrality around the world.

“I’m passionate about using art to empower people, so it’s an honor to have been asked to create these large, bold and colorful designs for Glamazon’s Pride parade float,” said Natalie Very B “I hope my illustrations will inspire viewers to accept and love themselves, just as they are. I want people to be able to see themselves represented in public art. My designs aim to spread the spirit of diversity and inclusion while bringing whimsy and magic to the show.

Catered lunch from a business run by 2SLGBTQ+, Kitchenette Toronto
Prior to the parade, Amazon employees will gather for lunch from local 2SLGBTQ+ catering company, Kitchenette Toronto.

“The pandemic has been extremely difficult for restaurants, bars and catering businesses,” said jimmy georgoulis, co-owner of Kitchenette Toronto. “So when companies like Amazon partner with small businesses like ours, especially restaurant businesses that operate in the 2SLGBTQ community, it has a huge impact.”

Initiatives Underway to Celebrate Pride Month
Throughout June, Amazon will host a series of planned Pride-focused activities at fulfillment centers across the country, including educational sessions on the history and importance of Pride, trivia and 2SLGBTQ+ bingo, one RuPaul’s Drag Race Viewing Party, with Catering pride theme snacks and more!

About Amazon
Amazon is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitive focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Amazon strives to be the world’s most customer-centric company, the world’s best employer, and the world’s safest place to work. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWSKindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Career Choice, Fire Tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, Alexa, Just Walk Out Technology, Amazon Studios, and The Climate Pledge are some of the initiatives launched by Amazon.

SOURCE Amazon Canada

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