More than 300 people from all walks of life, including Boyd Gaming team members, celebrated the LGBTQ community during the annual Pride Picnic at Louis Murphy Park in Dubuque, Iowa this summer.
Organized by the Dubuque Multicultural Family Center, the June event spread awareness about the Dubuque and Tri-State area LGBTQ community, celebrating Pride Month with food, freebies, business booths, speakers and activities like karaoke, a bounce house and face painting.
Diamond Jo Dubuque's Diversity Committee’s LGBTQ subcommittee was among the event sponsors. Team members Todd Peil, Matt Oberhoffer, Jessica Pease, Hillary Hannan and Josh Hickey represented Diamond Jo at the event.
“Diamond Jo is proud of being fully supportive of all forms of diversity, including the LGBTQ community and all forms of gender identity,” said Peil, Executive Casino Host at Diamond Jo Casino Dubuque. “We feel it is very important to spread the word to the community that Diamond Jo is an inclusive and diverse place to work and that we respect diversity in all forms.”
Peil also gave a speech expressing what an honor it was for the Diamond Jo team to be a part of the event.
“I expressed Diamond Jo’s commitment to diversity and our message of inclusivity,” he said. “I also mentioned how we have formed a diversity committee and encouraged guests to start one at their place of work as well.”
Along with providing Diamond Jo Cares T-shirts, the Boyd Gaming booth included a display of photos and information commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, an uprising in New York City that started the Pride movement. The display was created by Jordan Deutmeyer of the Boyd Gaming Creative Services team.
“The pride movement is strong in Dubuque with a history dating back into the 1980s,” said Peil. “With the addition of Diamond Jo Dubuque and many other local businesses to help sponsor the event, it continues to grow. Each year it grows stronger.”