K-Pride & Allies Advocates for Equality
In June 2015, a landmark Supreme Court ruling made gay marriage the law of the land in the United States. Within 10 minutes, Kellogg Company published an announcement in support of the ruling, and a couple days later, the company hosted a Marriage Equality Celebration, attended by Kellogg Chairman and CEO John Bryant and other senior leaders.
“To feel like our company is behind us, celebrating with us — for K-Pride & Allies members this is huge,” said Cheryl G., Senior Packaging Engineer. K-Pride & Allies has been actively advocating for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equity within the company for six years. The group launched its first chapter outside the U.S., in Querétaro, Mexico, in 2016.
“Sometimes Kellogg management has asked to be educated about LGBT issues,” said Kathy G., Principal Nutrition Scientist. “That kind of education is a key role we’ve played as a group.”
K-Pride & Allies has also been playing an important role outside of Kellogg. In 2014, they launched the Regional LGBT and Allies Summit, which brings together representatives from other Michigan-based companies to talk about key issues. The second-annual summit was held in September 2015 at Kellogg headquarters in Battle Creek, Michigan, and included companies such as Ford, General Motors, Dow, Whirlpool and more.
Reflecting on the last six years of K-Pride & Allies, Cheryl said: “It’s been a journey, for sure, to see how K-Pride has ‘grown our company up.’ And it’s important work. Being on the leadership team, it’s not uncommon for someone to come to us — someone who is gay but not ‘out’ publicly — to applaud the work we are doing. They give us the passion to continue.”