Our employees are valued for their culture, experiences and skills, all of which contribute to Visa’s success. In support of Visa’s Diversity and Inclusion efforts, Visa Pride serves as an Employee Resource Group to LGBT and ally employees. The following article from our internal website discusses one of this group’s latest initiatives – a video to give hope to struggling Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender youth.
The It Gets Better Project ™ is a worldwide movement founded in 2010 in response to a series of tragic suicides by youths that occurred last fall. These youth were bullied because of their self-identification as Lesbian, Gay, Transgender, Bisexual (LGBT), or a perceived LGBT identity because they were simply “different.” Members of Visa Pride, a Visa Employee Resource Group for Diversity and Inclusion, wanted to add their voices to the thousands of others to provide a message of optimism and encouragement.
At the heart of the It Gets Better Project ™ are over 22,000 video submissions including those received from politicians, such as President Barack Obama, celebrities, corporate employees, and national and international sports teams. These videos bring a message of hope to many LGBT youth who cannot imagine a future for themselves as openly gay adults.
Twenty employees from Visa Pride teamed up to encourage LGBT young people by sharing stories of their own lives and personal messages that offer a glimpse of what the future may hold in store.
Click here to view Visa’s It Gets Better video.
Posted by: Scott Sullivan, Global Head of Human Resources, Visa Inc. on July 29, 2011 at 8:23 am