Green joins rainbow as Aer Lingus gears up for Dublin Pride parade

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Aer Lingus, the official airline of this years’ Dublin Pride Festival, is gearing up for Saturday’s parade. As this year’s theme is ‘We are family’, more than 250 Aer Lingus employees, their friends and families will represent the airline in the 2018 Pride Parade, along with a specially created float that is unmistakably ‘Aer Lingus’.

Cabin crew member Jennifer Grant builds the aircraft-shaped boat with twins Alex and Lewis, aged 4, from Gorey, Wexford.

As part of its investment in bringing diversity to the workplace, the airline set up the Aer Lingus LGBT and Allies Network and said it aims to build an inclusive, open community where colleagues feel that they can bring their whole selves to work.
“We are committed to creating a working environment that is fully inclusive where colleagues are comfortable and confident bringing their whole selves to work. We are going through a substantive growth period and we welcome people from diverse backgrounds and cultures to join us and help the airline be fit and ready for what lies ahead in the 21st century.
“We are delighted to have such strong support from staff members as hundreds will represent Aer Lingus together with their friends and families at the Dublin Pride Parade on Saturday,” said Mike Rutter, Aer Lingus Chief Operating Officer.
Since its official launch last year, the Aer Lingus network has hosted numerous LGBT-focused events, including the recent visit of world famous Rugby Union referee Nigel Owens to Aer Lingus HQ, who talked about his time on and off the field in terms of the challenges he faced along the way and the steps he took to overcome these.
 

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