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Sharing Pride and Celebrating Equality

Sharing Pride and Celebrating Equality 

June is definitely a month for pride. Yes, because of the Pride celebrations held worldwide. But even more, due to the significant LGBTQ+ milestones achieved during this month over the years. The Stonewall Uprising for LGBTQ+ rights in Manhattan happened in June 1969. In 2013, strides were made for same-sex marriage. In 2015, same-sex marriage was fully legalized in the U.S. 

This June, in a historic decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the 1964 Civil Rights Act protects gay, lesbian, and transgender employees from discrimination based on sexual identity.

We’re thrilled because, at Western Digital, we believe we thrive because we are different. We believe no one should be discriminated against for being who they are. It’s our diversity that gives us our daring, our strength, our advantage—the edge to our innovation. That’s why we are honored to voice our support for the #EqualityAct.

Helping Pride Shine Everywhere

The #EqualityAct is proposed federal legislation that would amend existing civil rights laws to provide full protections for LGBTQ+ employees throughout the US. As one of the world’s most ethical companiesWestern Digital supports this legislation because we feel strongly that everyone should be treated equally. Our current policies are already consistent with the proposed #EqualityAct, as we do not condone bias, discrimination, or inequality at our workplace, or anywhere else.

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Although this month’s U.S. Supreme Court decision amends the Civil Rights Act to protect the LGBTQ+ community from employer discrimination, Congress still needs to pass the #EqualityAct to extend such protections beyond company walls.

Tech Fundraiser for LGBTQ+ Youth

Celebrate and #ShareYourPride with the limited-edition SanDisk Cruzer Snap USB Flash Drive
Celebrate and #ShareYourPride with the limited-edition SanDisk Cruzer Snap USB Flash Drive

This June, in the spirit of equality and to celebrate Pride, we are excited to launch our first-ever limited-edition rainbow USB Cruzer Snap drive. For every one of these drives sold through the end of August, Western Digital will donate $6 (a minimum of $10,000 total) to The Trevor Projectwhich provides suicide prevention and crisis intervention for LGBTQ+ young people.

Brought to life by employees from Western Digital’s LGBTQ+ community (We.Equal) we hope this colorful drive allows users to #ShareYourPride year-round by saving and sharing equally vibrant, authentic, and proud moments. As one of the largest stewards of data in the world, we know memories are crucial and document history in the making.

Let’s come together to celebrate over fifty years of Pride. We are more hopeful than ever for the future of the LGBTQ+ community and look forward to joining you in the digital festivities!

Learn more about our tech fundraiser to support LGBTQ+ youth.

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