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A better world is a more inclusive world, and we’re starting with our workplace

Boeing celebrates LGBTQIA+ pride year-round. We recognize our LGBTQIA+ teammates, whose global impact continues to transform Boeing and aerospace. And we stand together in pride with the LGBTQIA+ community, acknowledging the progress made in the ongoing pursuit of LGBTQIA+ equality and the work still needed to improve. Whether on the anniversary of the Stonewall riot, during Pride Month or any other day of the year, we are committed to eliminating barriers to equity and inclusion so that every employee can grow, thrive and be embraced for exactly who they are.

The LGBTQIA+ community spans cultures, races, ethnicities, abilities and genders, and we are constantly looking for how best we can advance equity and create a more inclusive environment for our LGBTQIA+ teammates and their allies worldwide.

Creating a Workplace Where Everyone Can Thrive

Employee-Led groups drive LGBTQIA+ inclusion and allyship

The Boeing Employees Pride Alliance (BEPA) is our longest-running employee-led Business Resource Group as well as one of our largest. In 2021, BEPA extended its global reach, launching new chapters in Australia, Europe and India.

BEPA’s 20 chapters connect thousands of LGBTQIA+ teammates and allies across the globe to provide personal and professional development and networking opportunities for their members, creating a forum where teammates motivate and mentor one another and continuously advocate for LGBTQIA+ issues that affect our workforce. Local chapters also promote activities that raise awareness for the LGBTQIA+ community and increase the number of allies at all levels at Boeing.

The Boeing Employees Transgender Alliance (BETA), a subset of BEPA, provides support for the transgender community. In March 2018, a dedicated group of transgender employees established BETA, as a safe space for transgender and nonbinary employees to support one another and discuss their unique challenges and successes. They also act as an internal consulting group to help inform benefits and resources to support the broader transgender community at Boeing. In August 2020, BETA assisted with establishing another employee community group, Boeing Employees with Transgender Family Members (BETFaM). BETFaM creates a safe space for Boeing employees to discuss unique challenges facing their transgender or non-binary child or spouse or partner and to provide education, resources and support within a group of people with shared experiences.

 

Accelerating equity, diversity and inclusion for all

At Boeing we’re committed to ensuring an inclusive environment for employees of all backgrounds and identities, and we are a proud supporter of the LGBTQIA+ community. As part of this commitment, Boeing provides industry-leading benefits that suit the diverse needs of our employees, including LGBTQIA+ employees and their families. In 2021, Boeing expanded eligibility for certain benefits to cover all qualifying domestic partners of U.S. employees. These benefits include features of the company’s health, life and accident insurance programs, as well as retirement, relocation, and leave of absence benefits.

Boeing offers gender affirmation benefits for eligible employees and their dependents in accordance with WPATH standards of care. In 2021, we created a Gender Affirmation Team and re-evaluated processes and procedures to ensure procedures were inclusive of non-binary identities. The Gender Affirmation Team helps employees navigate processes while affirming their gender in the workplace and supports managers and teammates by providing educational opportunities.

As Boeing continues to strengthen inclusion for all teammates, we now offer additional voluntary self-identification options, including gender identity and sexual orientation, to all employees in the U.S. so that we can better understand and support our workforce. In 2021, 7.1% of eligible employees participated in the gender identity self-ID and 6.1% participated in the sexual orientation self-ID.

With this step, our goals are to educate, normalize and destigmatize concepts of gender identity and orientation. This also helps Boeing monitor progress toward full inclusion and equity across our teams, and we hope to expand self-identification options internationally in locations where it is safe for our teammates to do so. We encourage teammates to self-identify to give us a more accurate understanding of our workforce so we can better support them. Recent improvements based on teammate feedback include reinstating domestic partnership benefits, expanding our gender affirmation support, and developing a protocol for all-gender single stall restrooms.

Supporting LGBTQIA+ teammates at Boeing

Meet Maggie and Elizabeth

Allies spreading awareness

Maggie and Elizabeth share their experiences supporting transgender family members on the road to authenticity.

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Respect from day one

Two Boeing employees share how oSTEM provided opportunities to bring their whole selves to work.

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Darcy and Susan

The power of an invitation

Two Boeing employees discuss their experiences as transgender women and the effects inclusion — and exclusion — have on their engagement at work.

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STEM Sit Down: Kasie Dugan, Product Owner

See what it’s like for this Boeing Product Owner to work as part of an Information Technology (IT) team that collaborates with a diverse range of employees and discover how she embraces her own gender identity as a way of gaining a new perspective and overcoming challenges.

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Arash Babazadeh

As a structural analyst for the 787 Dreamliner and chair of the Boeing Employees Pride Alliance SoCal Beach Cities chapter, Arash brings his whole self to work every day.

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Jacky-Vy Chau

Named 2020 Asian American Most Promising Engineer of the Year by the Chinese Institute of Engineers – USA, Jacky-Vy shares how feeling like an outsider shaped his life, career and advocacy.

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Amelia Chiarenza

As a Boeing leader, Amelia looks for ways to build a safe, inclusive environment for all to thrive.

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David Dawson

David focuses on finding solutions, both in his role as a business improvement and optimization practitioner and as the chair of a new Boeing Employees Pride Alliance chapter.

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Jessie Dias

As chair for the El Segundo chapter of the Boeing Employees Pride Alliance, Jessie works hard to create an environment friendly to the LGBTQ+ community inside and outside Boeing.

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Trinity Abigail Downing

When she isn’t helping to design the future of vertical lift, Trinity works with the Boeing Employees Pride Alliance to share her story and help others become better allies.

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Nicolette Gan

As a Boeing research engineer and STEM advocate, Nicolette is breaking ground in designing future technologies and encouraging LGBTQ+ students to pursue careers in STEM.

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David (Dáithí) Horan

After working with his team for more than a year, David is starting new conversations with his colleagues thanks to the new Europe chapter of the Boeing Employees Pride Alliance.

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Shayla Hufana

“Free, strong and ready to accomplish each project with pride” — Hear from Shayla on how she shares her whole self with others.

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Syed Jawad

Jawad speaks up in his job leading the team designing the aircraft doors for the next Air Force One. His courage to speak up has played a role in his LGBTQ+ journey as well.

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Crystal Nicholson

A former firefighter, Crystal shares her work toward diversity in Boeing’s fire service, the Boeing Employees Pride Alliance and Boeing’s Racial Equity Task Force.

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Shay Paredes

Shay, a software developer, becomes a more productive teammate by bringing her whole self to work. “I finally became the person I always knew I was.”

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Marvi Matos Rodriguez

From working in her mother’s lab in Puerto Rico to leading Design Practices for Boeing Engineering and championing her LGBTQ+ family, Marvi embraces breaking stereotypes.

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Aro Royston

Aro, a graphic artist and member of Boeing’s Racial Equity Task Force, describes how his gender transition was “going into the unknown” to become fully himself.

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Palash Waghmare

As a liaison between Boeing teams in India, Palash ensures he understands their needs. As an LGBTQ+ ally, his efforts advocating for others’ needs extends outside of work, too.

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Celebrating Progress

Boeing is an active partner with Out & Equal Workplace Advocates, whose sole focus is on LGBTQIA+ workplace equity. Boeing participates annually in the Workplace Summit, which brings together people from all over the world to connect and discuss workplace advocacy for LGBTQIA+ employees. In 2021, BETFaM was recognized by Out & Equal as the winner of the prestigious “New Employee Resource Group of the Year” Award.

In 2022, Boeing earned a perfect 100 score on the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index and was named one of the “Best Places to Work for LGBTQIA+ Equality”.

From Bonsai to BEPA, Boeing’s Inclusion Journey

In 1989, a group of employees formed the Boeing Bonsai Club, a covert club for LGBTQIA+ employees seeking support and camaraderie. The group sought official recognition in the late 1980s, but their application was denied. They welcomed members to the Bonsai Club until company policies changed to make Boeing a more welcoming and inclusive place.

Decades later, the Boeing Bonsai Club grew into the Boeing Employees Pride Alliance, an employee-led Business Resource Group connecting thousands of employees in 20 chapters to foster a safe, inclusive and supportive environment for LGBTQIA+ employees; increase the number of allies at all levels at Boeing; and advocate for LGBTQIA+ issues that affect our workforce.

Today, Boeing continues to support the LGBTQIA+ community and strengthen inclusion to empower every teammate to reach their full potential.

Celebrate Pride Month with the Boeing Store

Boeing Pride Shirts

The 2022 Pride Collection from the Boeing Store honors and celebrates all LGBTQIA+ contributions to aerospace and the communities where we live and work. This year's design includes the colors of the Progress Pride Flag, representing the spectrum of diversity in the LGBTQIA+ community and the progress we're making towards a more inclusive world. Together in Pride, our diverse backgrounds, leadership and innovation enable us all to take flight.

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