Every Day Pride

Two people in “lovin’ my life” t-shirts with McDonald’s mini-flags proudly raised in their hands, leading a group of employees down the busy streets of downtown Chicago during the Pride Parade

Welcoming Culture & Commitment to the Communities We Serve

At McDonald’s, we believe everyone belongs and has the power to help make a difference. This year goes beyond Pride Month; our aspiration is to ensure at every interaction, year-round, our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and other identity (LGBTQ+) colleagues, suppliers and customers feel welcome, comfortable and safe to live life as their true authentic selves without fear of bias or judgement. This also means the full expression of diversity within the LGBTQ+ community—spanning across different genders, races, cultures, identities, sexual orientations, gender expressions, ages, religions, abilities, languages and experiences.

As one of the world’s most recognizable brands, we use our influence and scale to help accelerate meaningful social change for all our stakeholders including our employees, franchisees, suppliers, customers and communities—in accordance with our Mission and Values, and through globally consistent and locally relevant actions.

While all of our diversity and inclusion work spans geographies, identities and causes, this page is devoted to the ongoing and meaningful work done to unite and empower the LGBTQ+ community. Whether you identify as LGBTQ+, are an ally or advocate, or an inclusive leader, celebrate #EveryDayPride and unlock the power of diversity, equity and inclusion across the McDonald’s system and in our communities, today and every day.

Pride Employee Business Network

Employee Business Networks (EBNs) are a core part of McDonald’s culture and business. They help embed our DEI culture of care and bring our values to life to improve the employee experience by providing year-round professional development, social events, networking, volunteer opportunities and more.

The Pride EBN (formerly known as McDonald’s Gay, Lesbian & Allies Network) was founded in 2005 and strives to build awareness, equity, inclusion and opportunities for employees and customers from the LGBTQ+ community.

Our active and always growing network is steadfast in our work to evolve McDonald's welcoming and inclusive culture and remains a driving force in advancing our LGBTQ+ causes and policies.

Supporting Members of the LGBTQ+ Community

Learn more about some of the ways that McDonald’s actively supports and advocates for the LGBTQ+ community.

Welcoming & Inclusive Culture

Our commitment to supporting employees who identify as LGBTQ+ is clear, as we’ve earned a perfect score of 100% on the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index—a national benchmarking tool measuring policies, practices and benefits pertinent to LGBTQ+ employees—for nine consecutive years.

Career Development

Whether people choose to stay with us for a few years or a few decades, we want them to have a meaningful and impactful career at McDonald’s—where they feel supported, have equitable access to opportunities and are empowered to pursue their career aspirations.

Community Impact

We believe we have the ability and responsibility to use our scale and scope to tackle big challenges facing our communities—both locally and globally. Our LGBTQ+ activism and partnerships include (but are not limited to): Human Rights Campaign, Out & Equal, Equality Illinois and Center on Halsted.

Health & Wellbeing

McDonald’s offers a variety of health and wellbeing programs to provide healthcare solutions for our entire McFamily. We offer employees of the LGBTQ+ community and their families specialized physical, social and emotional support including holistic health management, gender transition, and affirming care; family forming benefits, flexible family planning assistance, adoption assistance and more. US-based employees and their covered dependents enrolled in a McDonald’s medical plan can also work with the queer and trans-led Included Health's LGBTQ+ Health care team for guidance, advocacy, and support that goes beyond healthcare 24/7, 365 days a year.

Get to Know Members of the Pride EBN

Troy (He/Him)

Sr. Director, Corporate Finance

Starting my McDonald’s career 20+ years ago in Australia, I have been afforded incredible opportunities to relocate multiple times, gain unique experiences and learn from leaders across the globe. Being a part of the Pride EBN has also enriched other areas of my life, both personally and professionally. I have learned that you can flourish as a person when you are in the right environment and have genuine support and encouragement behind you to bring your whole self to work each and every day.

I am incredibly proud to work for McDonald’s where our company’s values are not just words on a page—our leaders take action and want to see all our employees thrive.

Ambour (She/Her)

Manager, Sourcing

While at McDonald’s, I’ve had the opportunity to make so many wonderful connections with people from different professional and personal backgrounds. I feel so fortunate to work at a company that celebrates authenticity and diversity and encourages me to be visible and active in EBNs. It has made such a difference in my career to know that I have the support of my peers and leaders at McDonald’s.

Becky (She/Her)

Director, Restaurant Experience

This is an amazing brand, and I am proud of how we continue to evolve and stay relevant. As a company, we open our doors to everyone and consider diversity of experiences and perspectives to be one of our greatest strengths. On a more personal note, I’ve always appreciated how McDonald’s develops well-rounded individuals to best support the communities that we live and operate in. I’m honored to be a LGBTQ+ employee at a company that empowers me to be “me” every single day.  

Our Activism & Community Partners

Human Rights Campaign

Center on 3656 N.Halsted

Equality Illinois

Out & Equal Workplace Advocates

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The People Who Make McDonald’s One of the World’s Greatest Brands

An employee walking in front of the McDonald’s float, grinning and dancing in the street as the Pride Parade progresses through the city of Chicago
A group photo of Pride EBN members and business leaders dressed in cocktail attire at the Center on Halsted’s spring gala ‎‎
A selfie of two McDonald’s colleagues smiling with their arms around each other as they pause for a picture at a local Pride Parade
Two men smiling and posing for a photo in front of the McDonald’s float at the Pride Parade in Long Beach, CA
A line of individuals in front of the McRig – a mobile McDonald’s restaurant – at the AIDS Run & Walk in Chicago
Two men in suits posing for a photo in front of the media wall at the Center on Halsted’s annual spring gala
Human Rights Corporation Foundation best places to work 2022 for LGBTQ+ equality. 100% corporate equality index.

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