CU Pride advocates for LGBTQ community

Organization promotes visibility, creates a safe space for LGBTQ people and allies.

Members of the LGBTQ community have worked in the credit union movement for years, but there has never been an industry-wide organization that advocates for them.

Until now.

“The LGBTQ community is spread throughout every facet of life,” says Linda Bodie, CEO at $55 million asset Element Federal Credit Union in Charleston, W.V., and one of the four founding members of CU Pride. “The credit union community has these individuals working for, advocating for, and being members of credit unions, but there’s not an umbrella-type organization in the industry.”

The group held its inaugural meeting in February during the 2020 CUNA Governmental Affairs Conference in Washington, D.C. During that meeting, Bodie says organizers determined there was a need and desire to create a group that focuses on the LGBTQ community within the credit union movement.

 

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