ICM Partners Launches LGBTQ+ Initiative (Exclusive)

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Chuck James

The agency intends to hold quarterly events aimed at promoting understanding of issues facing the LGBTQ+ community.

ICM Partners has announced the next program in its ongoing commitment to promote inclusivity, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

The agency is launching an LGBTQ+ initiative to promote a supportive environment for, as well as greater understanding about, individuals from the LGBTQ+ community. ICM intends to hold programming on a quarterly basis, starting with several events to mark Pride Month.

On Friday, agency employees will volunteer at the Los Angeles LGBT Center, helping to sort clothing donations and prepare meals for homeless youth. The center also will host a "coffee talk" on June 26, wherein several ICM representatives will advise students in the center's education program about educational as well as entertainment-industry career opportunities. And finally, June 27 will see a pair of bicoastal events: an LGBTQ+ mixer in the Los Angeles office and a happy hour in the New York office that will feature a conversation with Gregory Lewis, executive director and CEO of Cyndi Lauper's True Colors United foundation.

"Ensuring that we have an open, candid dialogue about this community is paramount to an open, inclusive workplace we aim to provide," said ICM founding partner and agent Chuck James, who will lead the initiative along with ICM events executive Jennifer Knisbell.

ICM's LGBTQ+ initiative comes 18 months after the agency's pledge to reach 50-50 gender parity by the year 2020. Other agencies commemorating Pride Month include Paradigm, whose activities include featuring LGBTQ+ artist Xavier Schipani's work in the New York office throughout June; curating a Spotify playlist featuring LGBTQ+ musicians that is playing throughout all office locations all month long; and previously hosting a June 7 conversation between Years & Years frontman Olly Alexander and agents Marty Diamond and Eli Gelernter about Alexander's work in pushing boundaries of identity, sexuality and mental health awareness.