Showing posts with label GLBT+. Show all posts
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20 June, 2022

Hawaiian Airlines #RainbowRunwayChallenge

          In honour of National Pride Month, Hawaiian Airlines tapped Hawaiʻi-born dance celebrity Mark Kanemura to kick off its #RainbowRunwayChallenge in a vibrant celebration of inclusivity and aloha. Coinciding with the debut of the airline’s new TikTok channel, followers are encouraged to create their own #RainbowRunwayChallenge dance or walk inspired by the video for a chance to win 160,000 HawaiianMiles, a five-night stay at the Royal Hawaiian Resort and a chance to join Kanemura as the guest of honour on Hawaiian’s Rainbow Runway float at the Honolulu Pride Parade and Festival on 15th October.

“Dance is a universal language that can break barriers, and the #RainbowRunwayChallenge represents an opportunity for people to express themselves in a fun and prideful way. I have always believed that dance is for everyone, and I am so excited to connect with people through this challenge,” said Kanemura. “This video is all about self-expression and pride, and during the filming, I was reminded how proud I am to be from this special place and to be a part of this beautiful community. I cannot wait to return in October for an even bigger celebration!”

The video for the #RainbowRunwayChallenge takes viewers through Kanemura’s hometown to seven notable locations across Oʻahu representing a different colour of the rainbow, including the Royal Hawaiian Resort, also known as the “Pink Palace” (red), Waikīkī’s Surfboard Alley (orange), Waimānalo Country Farms’ sunflower fields (yellow), Kāko'o ʻŌiwi’s taro patches (green) and the famous Waikīkī pier (blue). The video concludes with an epic dance celebration on a runway at Honolulu’s Daniel K. Inouye International Airport, backed by the airline's iconic Pualani aircraft tail (purple). Along the way, Kanemura is joined by several friends who include local LGBTQ+ influencers, Keiki (kid) pop dancers, hula dancers, drag queens and members of Hawaiian’s LBGTQ+ employee resource group, Haʻaheo (pride).

The #RainbowRunwayChallenge will come full circle in October for Honolulu Pride, where the sweepstakes winner will join Kanemura as the guest of honour on the official larger-than-life Hawaiian Airlines’ Rainbow Runway float.

The 2022 Honolulu Pride Parade and Festival will kick off on Oct. 1 with events throughout the month. This year’s theme, “Rooted in Pride,” celebrates the cultural and ancestral queer roots in the Hawaiian Islands. As the official airline sponsor of Honolulu Pride, Hawaiian Airlines proudly supports The Hawaiʻi LGBT Legacy Foundation in their mission to educate, facilitate and empower LBGTQA+ people as integral members of Hawaiʻi’s diverse community.

@hawaiianair ✨SWEEPSTAKES✨ Celebrate #Pride and join us in our 🌈Rainbow Runway Challenge🌈. Show off your own runway walk and enter for a chance to win 160,000 HawaiianMiles, a 5-night stay at the #TheRoyalHawaiian and an opportunity to dance with Mark at the Honolulu Pride parade in October. Here’s how you can enter: 1️⃣ Follow us at HawaiianAir. 2️⃣ Add your own flair and post your runway walk, inspired by Hawai‘i-born celebrity dancer @Mark Kanemura 3️⃣ Post your video and tag us, #RainbowRunwayChallenge and #Sweepstakes in your caption. 🏳️‍🌈#PrideMonth #AlohaIsAloha NO P ♬ original sound - Hawaiian Airlines

Follow Hawaiian Airlines on TikTok (@HawaiianAir) and Instagram (@HawaiianAirlines). For more information and official rules and regulations of the #RainbowRunwayChallenge, please visit
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02 June, 2021

Pride month movies on American Airlines

American Airlines is featuring a collection of 23 must-watch movie hits to celebrate the LGBTQ community and its allies in honour of 'Pride' month the carrier has announced. 

Passengers checking out the Pride channel can choose from selections that include recent hits such as Rocketman and Bohemian Rhapsody, along with classics like Philadelphia. 

All inflight entertainment onboard American flights is free, including the library of up to 600 movies and TV shows and a collection of more than 150 creative, productivity or language classes on American’s new Lifestyle inflight entertainment channel. Customers can stream on their phone, tablet, or laptop. Simply enable aeroplane mode and connect to the “AA-Inflight” signal. From there, the entertainment can be accessed from

Below are some of the favourites chosen by American’s team members:

Philadelphia (1993)

When Andrew Beckett is fired from his job at a prestigious law firm, he suspects it is because he is suffering from AIDS and decides to fight back.

Little Miss Sunshine (2006)

Seven-year-old Olive Hoover — along with her dysfunctional family — heads to California to compete in the 'Little Miss Sunshine' beauty pageant.

The Greatest Showman (2017)

An inspiring tale of a dreamer who rose from nothing to prove that anything is possible, and everyone has a story worthy of a world-class spectacle.

Bohemian Rhapsody (2018)

A foot-stomping celebration of Queen's music and lead singer Freddie Mercury's extraordinary life.

Rocketman (2019)

A musical fantasy about the incredible story of Elton John's transformation from Reginald Dwight, a shy piano prodigy, into an international superstar.

Cowboys (2021)

Aghast at his ex-wife’s refusal to let their trans son Joe live as his authentic self, Troy takes Joe on a camping trip into the Montana wilderness.

Each month, American Airlines brings brand new movies and television shows to the skies for customers to enjoy for free on its inflight entertainment. American works with its Employee Business Resource Groups — 20 groups made up of more than 26,000 American Airlines team members that represent different backgrounds, cultures and experiences — to highlight movies that celebrate diversity across its inflight entertainment.

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19 August, 2020

American Airlines named on the Diversity Best Practices Inclusion Index

American Airlines has been named to the Diversity Best Practices 2020 Inclusion Index, which recognizes top companies and organizations engaging in effective practices of diversity and inclusion. This is the first time American has been named to the DBP Inclusion Index. The index was established in 2017 by Diversity Best Practices, a division of Working Mother Media, the preeminent organization for diversity thought leaders to share best practices and develop innovative solutions for culture change.

"We are proud and grateful for this recognition of our inclusion and diversity efforts, as we continue in our commitment to create a workplace where everyone feels valued and respected," said Ken Charles, Chief Diversity Officer at American. “We take tremendous pride in being an airline that cares for and welcomes people from all backgrounds. We know employing a diverse workforce allows us to meet the needs of the diverse populations we serve around the world.”

The index helps organizations understand trends and gaps in demographic representation and identifies diversity, equity and inclusion solutions to close the gaps. Organizations provided data and were measured in three key areas: best practices in the recruitment, retention and advancement of people from underrepresented groups — women, racial and ethnic minorities, people with disabilities, and LGBTQ people; inclusive corporate culture, including leadership accountability; and demographic diversity for women, racial and ethnic minorities.

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18 September, 2019

Air Italy wins QPrize 2019 award as most LGBTQ+ friendly Italian airline

Air Italy has been awarded a QPrize as the most LGBTQ+ friendly airline in Italy at the 4th edition of QPrize awards, organized by Sonders and Beach Italy with QMagazine in collaboration with IGLTA (International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association).

Air Italy received the award in the elegant setting of Terrazza Martini, in front of an audience of leading personalities of the LGBTQ+ community and international tourism associations, including John Tanzella, president of IGLTA and the president of the New York Tourist Board, Alessandro Cecchi Paone, at the event which was organized with the support of the US Consulate in Milan, ENIT and the Municipality of Milan.

21 August, 2019

Thomas Cook Airlines 'fly with Pride'

With Manchester Pride’s biggest ever Festival just days away, long-standing Pride partner Thomas Cook Airlines’ “Fly with Pride” flight to San Francisco took off from Manchester Airport with an all-LGBT+ crew and has touched down in the Golden Gate City overnight, following a celebration at the Northern hub.

Captured on film, the celebrations started when a Metrolink rainbow tram arrived at The Airport Station with Thomas Cook Airlines’ crew, pilots, customers and House of Suarez, who led a vibrant parade through to check-in. At the gate, customers kicked off their holiday to San Francisco in style with a colourful Pride party, a Gaydio DJ set and further performances from House of Suarez.

The “Fly with Pride” A330 aircraft was emblazoned with the Pride heart, one of five Thomas Cook

Airlines aircraft specially painted this year, each representing a decade since the Stonewall riots and

one for each of the five years that the airline has supported the Manchester Pride Festival. 

The crew also wore a special uniform for the flight. See the livery being painted in a fantastic time-lapse video, here.

Thomas Cook Airlines has long supported diversity and inclusion among its colleagues and customers and actively recruits diverse talent and skills in its Manchester headquarters. Christoph Debus, CEO of Thomas Cook Airlines said, “Diversity is in our DNA. We fly our customers all over the world and we don’t just want to get them from A to B. We want to connect people regardless of their sexuality, gender or race. We believe in a future where everyone can be who they want to be and travel the world while doing so.

03 July, 2019

American Airlines Supports Anti-Discrimination Protections for LGBT People


          Ahead of the U.S. Supreme Court hearing arguments on gay and transgender rights, American Airlines joins the Human Rights Campaign and other companies in a “friend of the court” brief to make it clear that the business community believes anti-discrimination protections for LGTB people should be preserved.

“No one should be discriminated against for any reason, including their gender identity or sexual orientation. We fundamentally believe all of our team members and customers deserve equal protection under the law,” said Patrick O’Keeffe, Senior Vice President of People for American. “We are proud to stand with the LGBT community, and our commitment to inclusion and equality for all of our team members and customers is unwavering.”

22 June, 2019

Air Italy ramps up 360 campaign to support GLBT+ communities around the world

This weekend Air Italy is ramping up its 360 campaign to support GLBT+ communities around the world with its Gold Sponsorship of Toronto Pride.

Attracting up to a million spectators and thousands of participants, Toronto Pride is one of the largest and most significant Pride events globally, providing an important forum for addressing LGBT+ issues that are becoming more mainstream globally.

Rossen Dimitrov, Chief Operating Officer of Air Italy, states: “Air Italy clearly stands as an innovative and future-focused company. Our brand pillars consist of values such as inclusion and freedom of choice, and promotion of beauty, with all its differences – and our sponsorship of multiple Pride events including Toronto and Milan allows us to showcase our support for these important issues.

20 June, 2019

Air Italy Official Carrier and Partner of Milano Pride from June 27 to June 29

Air Italy is delighted to announce its attendance at Milano Pride from June 27 to June 29 as Official Carrier and Platinum Sponsor of this year’s festival.

Chief Operating Officer of Air Italy, Rossen Dimitrov, said: “Air Italy is clear in its focus as an innovative and contemporary airline focused on providing an exemplary customer experience. Inherent within that – and as illustrated through our tagline – Imagine The World Differently – we must support and drive awareness of our core brand values, which include inclusivity and freedom of choice. By promoting the beauty of our differences, Air Italy will continue to Imagine The World Differently.

15 June, 2019

JetBlue and RuPaul’s Drag Race Bring It to The Runway for World Pride as New York’s Hometown Airline Celebrates Ongoing Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

JetBlue announced this week, a series of special events and highlighted the airline’s ongoing support for various LGBTQ organizations throughout Pride Month – and throughout the year – as New York’s Hometown Airline celebrates World Pride.

“With crewmembers and customers reflecting incredible diversity, we celebrate all our differences and live JetBlue’s mission to inspire humanity as a leader in inclusion both inside and outside the company,” said Joanna Geraghty, president and chief operating officer, JetBlue. “Every day, but especially as we celebrate World Pride in our hometown, JetBlue values the uniqueness of each and every individual – not only because it’s the right thing to do in keeping with our integrity value, but because we think it’s more fun that way, too.”

11 June, 2019

Hyatt invites LGBT+ community to Stay You in honour of Pride month with unique offers and experiences

In honour of Hyatt’s commitment to fostering a world of understanding and inclusion, Hyatt Hotels Corporation announced this week that Hyatt is encouraging guests to be their most authentic self during WorldPride 2019 and beyond and inviting them to enjoy a special offer in celebration of WorldPride festivities in New York City as well as several hotel dining and entertainment experiences globally.

Hyatt, a Platinum Sponsor of WorldPride 2019, has been a longstanding supporter of LGBT equality and earned the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s title as one of the “Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality” for the twelfth year in a row last year. This comes as a result of Hyatt’s 100 percent ranking on HRC’s 2018 Corporate Equality Index.

Hyatt proudly supports WorldPride 2019 as Platinum Sponsor