It’s Pride Month and we are closing out a month of education and celebration
Every year it’s inspiring to see the worldwide growth of the Pride movement. Since the first Pride celebration began on June 28th, 1970, to mark the one-year anniversary of the Stonewall Riots in New York City, we’ve seen progress in the fight for LGBTQ+ acceptance and equality. However, there is still so much to learn about how to best support and be allies for the LGBTQ+ community. We believe that innovation is born from inclusivity, and we stand in solidarity with our colleagues who identify as members of the LGBTQ+ community.
As Radancy works to provide space to those who have not always had a platform, we wanted to hear from LGBTQ+ members within the organization on workplace inclusion and how all employers can do better.
From the job application to internal programming, there are many spaces within the candidate experience that can be more inclusive for everyone. Below, Liam Minetti shares his perspective on inclusive language.
“It’s crucial to have an application and hiring process that includes areas for pronouns and non-legal names. I think it’s also important for cis-gender people to use pronouns in their email signatures to normalize the use of different pronouns. These are simple changes that can be made that tell LGBTQ+ people they are welcome and respected.” – Liam
Along with inclusive language, partnering to support LGBTQ+ groups as an organization signifies a company’s value system. This year we are supporting the Human Rights Campaign, OutRight Action International, and the It Gets Better Project. Each charitable organization has a goal to extend full access and equal rights through support and policy to LGBTQ+ citizens around the world.
This month is a great opportunity to celebrate the movement made within human rights and our team members are passionate about their expression.
“Pride to me means being able to be yourself no matter where you are. Expressing yourself in the way that makes you happy without fear of being judged or persecuted by others. It is celebrating who you are and celebrating that ability to celebrate…Some of my closest friends had different viewpoints or did not understand the identities of LGBTQ+ people but over time became more accepting and helped spread the love. It shows that people can change their viewpoints and learn new things.” – Patrick
“I’d always attend Pride events and parades in London or my hometown in Birmingham getting dressed up – the full works. Now, I am actively taking part in social media and sharing posts and inspirational pride stories that are so wholesome to me. I also love experimenting with my makeup and creating looks that say, “tell me you’re bi without saying it” just silly Tik Tok things…Pride means that I can be my absolute unapologetic self, it’s me being proud of who I am. I feel safe and accepted in a community of like-minded people.” – Sidrah
Pride Month is more than the symbolism of a flag and a parade. It’s the active engagement with a community that has gone through so much to be accepted. Our goal is to elevate the unique perspectives of our employees that make us who we are, so more employers take on the challenge to evolve their cultures and policies to benefit everyone.
Although the month is coming to an end, enjoy this playlist to help continue the spirit of Pride year-round: