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Here at Vodafone, we believe in equality for everyone. We’re committed to supporting the community by fostering a safe and inclusive environment that celebrates people regardless of their background, gender or sexuality. That’s why we’ve been a Major Partner and the Official & Exclusive Mobile Service Sponsor of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival since 2018. We also participate in the Brisbane Pride Fair, Midsummer Festival in Melbourne, Adelaide Pride, Pride WA Parade and Tas Pride. Since 2017, Vodafone has sponsored the lifetime achievement award at the Australian LGBTI Awards. Each year we hold events for Wear it Purple, National Coming Out Day and IDAHOBIT.
As the launch event for Mardi Gras, Fair Day is a spectacular festival that promises fun for the whole family. At our 2018 stall in Victoria Park we gave away 3,000 Prepaid SIMs to help our customers stay connected with the people they love and the photo booth was a spectacular success.
In 2018, it was fantastic to see 80 Vodafone colleagues march down Oxford Street for the parade – some wearing speech mark rainbow wings but everyone glittered in a glorious wash of red and white. The dance routine to Heather Small’s Proud was expertly choreographed and waving to the onlookers was Raine Ingmenn who stood next to a massive glitter speech mark.
The centrepiece of the Midsummer Festival, the annual Pride March champions diversity and gives everyone the opportunity of celebrating with family, friends and allies. We marched the one kilometre route to Catani Gardens in St Kilda.
It was great to celebrate pride in Queensland at the Brisbane Pride Festival. We marched down Brunswick Street through the Valley to New Farm Park.
The South Australian capital plays host to Adelaide Pride each year. We marched down Rundle Street to the Pioneer Women’s Memorial Garden.
We marched through the streets of Perth in support of equality at Pride WA’s Pride Parade. This was our opportunity to show that we support diversity from coast to coast.
Tasmania’s annual pride event celebrates past victories and also looks to the future. We gathered at Bathurst Street and marched to the Parliament Lawns, where the voda-pong table made a welcome appearance.
To commemorate the 2018 International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Inter-sexism and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT) we held a networking event with other LGBT+ networks in the Vodafone Central building. This was a chance to reflect on our past and initiate strategies for the future.
The Australian Workplace Equality Index (AWEI) is a rigorous, evidence-based benchmarking instrument that assesses workplaces and their LGBTI inclusion initiatives. Since 2018, we joined more than 700 business leaders and diversity champions at the Hyatt Regency in Sydney to promote LGBTI inclusion.
To mark 2017 Wear It Purple we held a panel discussion on the challenges LGBT+ youth face with Daniel Bourke from our Penrith store, Caitlyn Georgeson and representatives of the Pinnacle Foundation. Wristbands were sent to each store nationally and our front line teams wore purple shirts and accessories.