The Boeing Employees Pride Alliance (BEPA) traces its roots back to an unlikely start: botany.
In 1989, a group of employees formed the Boeing Bonsai Club, a covert club for LGBTQ+ employees seeking support and camaraderie. The employees had sought official recognition for their group in the late eighties, but their application was denied. They welcomed members to the Bonsai Club until company policies changed to make Boeing a more welcoming and inclusive place.
Decades later, the Boeing Bonsai Club grew into the largest employee-led resource group at Boeing: the Boeing Employees Pride Alliance (BEPA), which connects thousands of employees in 19 chapters to foster a safe, inclusive and supportive environment where LGBTQ+ employees feel accepted, respected and acknowledged for their contributions. Working in collaboration with the Enterprise BEPA Board and Executive Champions, BEPA’s local chapters help recruit and retain our diverse workforce, provide personal and professional development and networking opportunities for its members, and promote activities that raise awareness for the LGBTQ+ community.
BEPA also provides support for the transgender community through the Boeing Employees Transgender Association (BETA), and the Boeing Employees with Transgender Family Members (BETFaM), which was created in 2020. BEPA is committed to employee engagement, increasing the number of allies at all levels at Boeing, and creating a forum where employees motivate and mentor one another and continuously advocate for LGBTQ+ issues that impact our workforce.