It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Welcome to Pride Month, Amtrak style.

I’m Mark Mastro, editor of Amtrak’s LGBT blog, and I’d like to welcome you aboard. It’s my distinct pleasure to share with you some of my personal experiences during Pride Month, while reintroducing you to great train travel. Essentially, I want to inspire you to see more of this amazing, beautiful land, and create some incredible experiences of your own.

We couldn’t be prouder and more excited to support and participate in the national celebration of Pride Month. Respect, diversity and expression are some of the core values that form the foundation of Amtrak’s commitment to the LGBT community. As a proud member of the IGLTA and partner of the NYC and Capital Pride Events, we know, first hand, how much fun Pride Month can be. We not only celebrate Pride during this month, but every single day as we strive to bring people together, by breaking down barriers and building connections through train travel. We believe the communities we serve define who we are as a company and we’re committed to supporting them by sharing our time, talent and resources.

I hope that you’ll join us as we celebrate Pride. This is my personal invitation to you to hop aboard Amtrak as you plan your travel to this month’s Pride events. There’s no better way to arrive rested, relaxed and ready for the celebration and fun of Pride than with us! Check here for continued updates on events and celebrations throughout the month. I’ll also be sharing some of my experiences and I’ll hope you’ll do the same.

See you on the rails!