Pride at Argos
Proudly supporting the LGBT+ community.
Why does Pride matter to us? It’s a time that allows us all, whatever our identity, to play our part in helping to raise awareness of equal opportunity and a time for us to celebrate and be visible as a community. Our aim is to become the most inclusive retailer, and that’s why we’re proud to support the LGBT+ community.
What is Pride?
Did you know that the month of June was chosen as LGBT+ Pride month to commemorate the Stonewall riots and recognise the impact LGBT+ people have had in the world?
Although we have come so far in the UK, there is still so much more we can do. Pride events help remind us all that although we can and should be proud of our sexuality and gender identity, there is still work to be done until all of the community are accepted without exception.
What Pride means to us
At Argos, our aim is to become the most inclusive retailer; where every single one of our colleagues feel safe and supported at work and customers feel welcome when they shop with us.
Word from our sponsor: John Elliott
"My name is John (my pronouns are he/him) and I am proud to sponsor the LGBTA+ colleague network. Being gay, I know the difference an inclusive workplace can make in helping me achieve my fullest potential. That’s why I’m proud of our mission to be the most inclusive retailer where people love to work and shop."
Our charity partner
We're proud partners of Comic Relief, working together to support akt this Pride.
akt helps to provide safe homes and better futures for young LGBTQ+ people aged 16-25 in the UK.
Whether they are experiencing homelessness or living in a hostile environment, akt supports young people into safe homes and employment, education or training, in a welcoming and open environment that celebrates LGBTQ+ identities.
Comic Relief is the trading name of Charity Projects, a registered charity in England and Wales (326568) and Scotland (SC039730)
Pride for our colleagues
As part of Sainsbury's Argos, we are the UK’s most active LGBTA+ network, supporting colleagues across all of our brands and helping us to become the “most inclusive retailer”. Last year, our business was recognised in the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index for the first time, ranking us as the UK’s most LGBT-friendly retailer. Our colleague network, “Proud @ Sainsbury’s”, has over 4,000 registered members. This year we are working towards 3 goals: to support celebrate Pride Month and increase visibility for the LGBT+ community; to reach even more colleagues with our stories of LGBT+ life and tips on how to be a great ally; and to champion inclusivity of all identities.
What does Pride mean to me?
"For me, Pride is an opportunity to celebrate the fantastic progress we have made in our fight for acceptance without exception. Pride Month is also a time to stop and reflect on the challenges and sacrifices that have gone before – Pride started as a protest, and our job is not done. As Co-chair of Proud @ Sainsbury’s, I am proud to use Pride to extend my contribution to our community."
"Pride is my safe place, the one day of the year that I feel safe to hold my wife’s hand in public. Pride is magical. Seeing colleagues, friends and family altogether supporting something that you believe in so strongly, knowing that just being there could help others to feel strong enough to be themselves too."
"Over the last couple of years I have been fortunate enough to help plan our company Pride campaign, across all of our brands. We want colleagues and customers to know that they are safe to be themselves here. Personally, not only has it made me want to take part and celebrate, it’s also made me want to join the push for change. I’m proud to say I am an ally."
Mark Pride by having a celebration to be proud of. Whether indoors or out, shake up some cocktails and get ready to dance the night away.