Over 200 Kaiser Permanente employees, physicians, family members, and friends took part in the Oakland Pride Parade and Festival September 8. Read their stories.
With boisterous cheers, music, and waving rainbow flags along Oakland’s Broadway, thousands attended the 10th anniversary of the Oakland Pride Parade on September 8. The joy radiating from those marching in the street was a true testament to Kaiser Permanente’s theme of this year’s parade: “Give Love. Take Pride.”
The Kaiser Permanente parade contingent this year included employees and physicians and kicked off with riveting speeches from Kaiser Permanente Northern California President Janet Liang and other leaders. Kaiser Permanente was the 2019 premier sponsor of the event, which included a lively street festival and children’s area, complete with a petting zoo and a face-painting station.
“The Pride Parade is a wonderful day for Kaiser Permanente to underscore our deep commitment to the LGBTQ+ communities we serve,” said Liang. “I am proud to be here today among our local community and the Kaiser Permanente contingent, promoting what the organization stands for: equity, diversity, and a culture of inclusion.”
Read the stories of why Kaiser Permanente employees and physicians marched in the 2019 Oakland Pride Parade in the photo gallery below.
"I have helped organize and participate in this event every year. We are lucky here at Kaiser Permanente to have leadership who are so committed to celebrating diversity and inclusion. The organization plays an active role in this area, shown today by the senior leaders who have joined us. They walk the walk and talk the talk every day, not just at events. I hold my head high as I am proud to work for Kaiser Permanente and to be able to participate in the Oakland Pride Parade work. I very much appreciate all the support. Kaiser Permanente will be my employer for life." — Kathleen Eveland, project specialist, National Facilities Services