06/14/2022 | by

Nareit shares the strides that its member REITs are taking to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) and how they are recognizing LGBTQ Pride Month this year.

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Pride Month is a moment to reflect on the LGBTQ experience in our nation and celebrate the many accomplishments of LGBTQ Americans. This year, Nareit will be sharing the strides that our member REITs are taking to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) and how they are recognizing LGBTQ Pride Month this year. Nareit members are invited to submit internal news stories, photos, social posts, and videos to communications@nareit.com.

American Homes 4 Rent (NYSE: AMH) said that in celebration of Pride Month it is launching its #LGBTQ+ Alliance Employee Resource Group (ERG), co-chaired by Peter Montanez and Ren Richards.

AvalonBay Communities, Inc. (NYSE: AVB) said its Associate Rainbow Coalition (ARC) has put together a month-long schedule of recognition, education, and celebration centered on the 2022 theme of “Proud & Present.”

Brandywine Realty Trust (NYSE:BDN) said its buildings in Philadelphia will be lit in rainbow colors throughout the month of June.

Brixmor Property Group Inc. (NYSE: BRX) highlights the benefits from an inclusive culture that empowers diversity of thought, which the REIT says comes from a foundation of trust, integrity, and personal accountability.

Equinix, Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX) says it believes in creating a space where everyone can say, “I'm Safe, I Belong, I Matter.” #EquinixPrideConnect reaffirms this message, the REIT says, and “celebrates the LGBTQ+ community and all of the possibilities you bring to this world.”

Invitation Homes Inc. (NYSE: INVH) says it believes diversity and inclusion within the workplace are essential, and that it's important everyone can safely bring their whole selves to work every day. Its Open Invitation employee resource group (ERG) “does a phenomenal job helping to create opportunities and possibilities for inclusion and diversity and being advocates for change and acceptance in our company and our communities,” the REIT says.

Kimco Realty Corp. (NYSE: KIM) has been designated a 2022 Best Place to Work for LGBTQ+ Equality by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. For #PrideMonth, properties across the REIT's portfolio are celebrating individuality and inclusion.

LaSalle Investment Management shared a video of its employees discussing why inclusivity, acceptance and bringing your whole, authentic self to work every day is core to what the company believes.

Life Storage, Inc. (NYSE: LSI) says it is a sponsor of Buffalo Pride Week 2022 and supporter of the LGBTQIA+ community at large.

Physicians Realty Trust (NYSE: DOC) We are committed to Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion at all levels of our organization. We are working proactively to ensure our leadership, staff, and policies are reflective and inclusive of the diverse community and country we call home. This Pride Month and always, we celebrate our LGBTQIA+ team members and affirm our commitment to ensuring our friends, neighbors, and fellow citizens enjoy the same freedom as all Americans do.

An internal SharePoint news story was shared with the company. Co-written by LGBTQIA+ team members and allies, it details the history and importance of Pride Month, activities, and resources to learn more.

RPT Realty (NYSE:RPT) said it is proud to support @pointfoundation, the nation’s largest scholarship-granting organization for LGBTQ students of merit, to continue empowering individuals to achieve their full potential, and make a significant impact on society.

Tanger Factory Outlet Centers, Inc. (NYSE: SKT) says it is spotlighting its brand partners that are creating inspiring #Pride events, initiatives, and limited time collections. Select Tanger centers are hosting Pride events throughout the month with free fun for the local community including live music, art exhibitions, and more.

W. P. Carey Inc. (NYSE: WPC) is honoring Pride Month by sponsoring NYC Pride for the second year in a row. The company is also hosting an employee event on June 26 to celebrate Allyship and embrace the diversity, resilience and power of the LGBTQ+ community.

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