Empowering Communities

Show off your Pride

June 23, 2020

Although Pride Month looks different this June as a result of COVID-19, ComEd Real Estate Specialist Gina Culen won’t let social distancing and the cancellation of public events stop her from celebrating its importance.

“Pride month is a time to stop and think,” Culen said. “It’s a time of reflection, to be grateful for all that I can do that so many before couldn’t.” 

Culen and her wife holding their son
Culen (right) with her wife and son

Culen emphasizes the importance of celebrating the LGBTQ+ community year-round, not just the month of June. One way she does this is by being an active member of Exelon’s employee resource group, PRIDE.

“One thing that drew me to ComEd and Exelon was their support for the LGBTQ+ community,” she said. “This employee group is a safe place to dip your toes in the water of coming out in the workplace, knowing you are part of a company that is accepting.”

Culen's son laying down and smiling
Culen and her wife's son

Serving as a resource to others outside the company is just as important. That is why Culen uses the power of social media to educate and empower others.

“I use my voice and celebrate the importance of the LGBTQ+ community by posting different things to social media,” Culen said. “I like to post educational, inspiring and empowering messages that can help others understand more about our community.”

After Pride month ends, Culen suggests ways people can continue to support the LGBTQ+ community.

“Speak up for others when things aren’t right and be an ally,” she said. “It’s all about having a kind heart, being a good person and accepting all people unequivocally regardless of their differences.”

If you want to take it to the next level like Culen, rock a pair of rainbow shades this summer! The rainbow colors can also be seen on the Pride flag, an important symbol of the LGBTQ+ community.