June has come and gone, but that doesn’t signal the end of celebrating the LGBT+ community, especially at Morgan Stanley, where diverse individuals are revered and an inclusive culture is cultivated.
To gather employee perspectives on this culture—and on living life authentically in and outside of work—we caught up with Arian Clay-Sirop, Mark Reyes and Lindsay Tobia shortly after the conclusion of Pride Month.
Arian, a Vice President in Field Marketing for Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, is not alone in feeling the month of June was “a race to fit in as many events as possible, not only for fun with family and peers but to volunteer and educate allies,” she says. Still, she found time to volunteer at The Garden Party, an annual celebration of Pride for all LGBT+ New Yorkers; attend celebrations in her hometown of Montclair, N.J.; and join Morgan Stanley-hosted celebrations for LGBT+ employees and allies in New York City before the Pride parade.
“Being a black queer woman with a multiracial family is not something I can easily hide,” says Arian, who chooses to live “out loud and proud,” advocating for herself and others, especially her colleagues. She’s a member of the Pride and Ally Network and sits on its Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Committee, which helps bring people together and make them feel more comfortable at work. She also volunteers her time to the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) and GLAAD, helping to serve, greet, clean and march at LGBT+ events.