Fox Pride Group Celebrates First Anniversary, Volunteers for LGBT Causes
On Thursday, October 15, the Fox Pride LGBT-Straight Alliance commemorated its first anniversary with an outdoor event in honor of Spirit Day, GLAAD's yearly campaign to support LGBT youth and speak out against bullying. The event, held at the Fox Studios Lot in Los Angeles and at the Fox International Channels office in Hong Kong, brought together Fox Pride members and supporters from across 21st Century Fox businesses to celebrate the company's LGBT community. Fox Pride was formed in 2014 to cultivate a passion for all types of diversity in order to advocate for and celebrate advances in the fight for equality.
"We started Fox Pride a year ago with three people, and it's grown to 330," said Brett Seabloom, one of the group's co-presidents and co-founders. "Within the last year, we've done 18 events in 12 months, and it's gone better than we ever could have imagined. We've formed partnerships with almost every business across the lot, and we've gotten so much incredible support from just about everybody."
The fall season has been a particularly busy one for the Fox Pride group. On October 11, members participated in the 31st annual AIDS Walk Los Angeles, raising just shy of $13,000 for the AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA), which manages prevention, care, and advocacy programs for the thousands of men, women, and families affected by HIV/AIDS in Los Angeles County. Fox Pride members have also served as volunteers at various LGBT organizations' events around the city, including the Los Angeles LGBT Center's 23rd annual Models of Pride Conference and the Trevor Project's TrevorLIVE fundraiser.
Seabloom says that although the group's first year was highly successful, more work remains to be done. "We want to expand our volunteer program and just keep the group growing," she said.