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Hilton Worldwide Celebrates Pride Month

Hilton to march at two of the nation’s largest Pride festivals: Capital Pride, NYC Pride

June 11, 2015  |  This information originated in American English.
 

MCLEAN, Va. - Hilton Worldwide (NYSE: HLT) reaffirms its support for the LGBT community by participating in two of the nation's largest Pride festivals. This weekend, Hilton Team Members, friends and family will march in Washington, D.C.'s Capital Pride as the Ruby Presenting Sponsor. Following the festivities in D.C., the team will then continue onto the Big Apple to participate in NYC Pride as a Gold Sponsor the weekend of June 26.

This month's activities underscore Hilton's ongoing commitment to the LGBT community, advocating for inclusion, equality and diversity through its policies, practices and sponsorships.

"Since our founding more than 95 years ago, our hotels have strived to be open and welcoming gathering places for all people," said Christopher J. Nassetta, president and CEO, Hilton Worldwide. "As we continue to champion equality both inside and outside of our company, Pride celebrations serve as reminders of the importance of inclusion and tolerance every day."    

Collaborating with Pride
Beyond its Pride sponsorships, Hilton supports LGBT organizations, including Human Rights Campaign, International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association, National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, National LGBTQ Task Force and Out & Equal Workplace Advocate.

Earlier this year, Hilton became the first and only hospitality company to join the Global Equality Fund, an initiative of the U.S. State Department that advances and protects the human rights of LGBT persons around the world. Additionally, as the presenting sponsor of the GLAAD Media Awards, Hilton supports GLAAD's mission to recognize and honor media for their fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the LGBT community.

Additionally, Hilton works with several business coalitions supporting Federal and State equality efforts, including:

  • Joining the HRC Business Coalition for Workplace Fairness in support of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act 
  • Participating in the HRC Equality Is Our Business pledge against anti-LGBT legislation
  • Filing a friend-of-the-court brief in the U.S. Supreme Court, setting out the business case for marriage equality
  • Publicly opposing proposed anti-LGBT legislation in Texas, Arizona and Indiana

Spotlighting Modern Manners with Journalist Steven Petrow
Last month, to spotlight the do's and don'ts of modern manners, Hilton announced its sponsorship of Steven Petrow, an award-winning journalist, author and LGBT etiquette expert. Petrow will serve as both an advisor and advocate for the company on inclusive marketing and outreach efforts throughout the year, highlighting his activity and the company's continued evolution on Hilton.com/GoOut.

Promoting Diversity in the Workplace
Hilton Worldwide seeks to promote a fair, diverse and inclusive workplace. The company has received recognition for its efforts, having scored a perfect 100 percent rating on the Human Rights Campaign's 2014 and 2015 Corporate Equality Index for its LGBT-inclusion policies and practices.

For more information, visit Hilton.com/GoOut, CapitalPride.org, NYCPride.org.

Contact:
Colleen Hart
Hilton Worldwide
+1 703 883 6616
colleen.hart@hilton.com

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