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KPF Celebrates Pride 2019 with the Launch of a New Community and Partnership with Build Out Alliance

Launched earlier this month, KPF Pride supports LGBTQ+ individuals at the firm and across the AEC industry.

The new group kicked off by hosting representatives of Build Out Alliance for an evening presentation, followed by an internal happy hour. The event included a special gallery wall dedicated to Pride 2019, the sale of KPF Pride apparel and a raffle, with all proceeds going to Hope In A Box. Later this month, KPF Pride will host a panel comprised of individuals from across the industry questioning what it means to design inclusively, to aspire towards a more responsive practice, and to identify opportunities to achieve these goals.

About KPF Pride

Comprised of a cross section of the KPF community, KPF Pride works together to raise awareness of LGBTQ+ issues within the firm in ways that will inform design thinking. The group meets regularly to discuss topics related to inclusivity in design and organizes educational tours and outings, schedules guest speakers and panel discussions, and hosts charitable social events within the office. KPF Pride also supports LGBTQ+ members of the architectural, engineering, and construction community through a partnership with Build Out Alliance.

About Build Out Alliance

Build Out Alliance promotes and advocates for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people serving openly and with pride in all roles within the building design and construction industry. Members strive to make the industry more welcoming to LGBTQ professionals, leading by example in their own work environments and through partnerships with community organizations.

About Hope In A Box

Hope In A Box works with educators and administrators to make LGBT-inclusion a reality. In collaboration with 40 professors from 15 universities, the nonprofit designed the definitive primer in LGBT literature for young adults; donating a set of 50 books to middle and high schools free of charge. Hope In A Box provides curriculum guides for selected texts, and for teachers looking to include an LGBT book in a lesson plan, and helps purchase copies for the full classroom. Through these initiatives, Hope In A Box aims to cultivate the accepting environments students need to succeed, school by school.