DETROIT - June is proclaimed by the president of the United States as national Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) pride month. Festivals are held around the country in celebration and recognition of LGBT history. Ford Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Employees (GLOBE) joined record crowds at Motor City Pride, a riverfront festival held to celebrate Michigan’s Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender citizens.
The weekend-long festival, held at Hart Plaza in downtown Detroit, Mich., was filled with activities; including a family picnic, golf outing, street parade and commitment ceremony. There were over 130 exhibits and five stages featuring live musical entertainment.
“Ford GLOBE is proud to partner with the UAW-Ford Joint Diversity Committee and our sister organizations and the other major automakers to present the festival. We were also delighted that North Bros Ford in Westland, Mich., were our partners in displaying vehicles and promoting our products. We and UAW-Ford are committed to a safe and inclusive work environment for our entire One Ford team,” said Dr. Greg Stone, director, Ford Occupational Health and Safety and co-chair, Ford GLOBE.
The Ford Escape and Ford Fusion Energi were prominently on display at the event. The Ford Escape five-passenger small utility vehicle combines intuitive technologies that make life easier, outstanding fuel economy and spirited driving in a stylish package. The 2014 Ford Fusion, recently named to the KBB.com list of Best Family Cars of 2013, boasts a new 1.5-liter EcoBoost engine that offers efficiency without sacrificing performance, in addition to the regular hybrid, and the Energi plug-in Hybrid that was displayed.
The annual Pride event is organized by Equality Michigan, a statewide organization that serves LGBT and allied communities. Ford GLOBE is one of 11 Ford Employee Resource Groups in the Diversity network.
Additional information on Ford GLOBE is available at www.FordGLOBE.org.