In this episode of The Randy Report podcast, we’re talking with LGBTQ activist Aaron Baldwin about corporate support during Pride Month, “pinkwashing” (what is it?), how to best connect with our straight allies and more.
Aaron is a recognized LGBTQ activist who has led campaigns against LGBTQ workplace discrimination involving large corporations. He’s also been an advocate for affordable access to HIV medications, marriage equality and environmental justice.
He’s taken a significant role in the HIV/AIDS movement confronting HIV discrimination in the workplace, serving on the National Board of the AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP), and starting the first HIV Positive Financial Planning practice in America.
Aaron helped launch the first firm to offer life insurance to the positive community and served as the expert witness in the landmark HIV prevention discrimination case, GLAD v. Mutual of Omaha.
Additionally, he’s served as the administrator of San Francisco’s HIV/AIDS Provider Network.
Today, Aaron is affiliated with Pride 365 – which works with businesses to bring an end to pinkwashing and to improve inclusivity in society and the workplace.
Pride 365 takes a holistic view of a business or organization. Often the unsung heroes are the ones fighting for fairness and inclusion on the inside.
Being certified by Pride 365 shines a light on the work being undertaken by Human Resources. That light then becomes a beacon that the LGBTQ community can see indicating a company is deserving of our loyalty and consumer dollars.
But hit the play button to hear Aaron explain how and why all of that is important.