With everything going on in the world, we’re reminded how important it is to celebrate Pride. This month some of our SmartBear family members have bravely opened up to give us their insights, which we’re releasing as a series of blogs throughout June. It centers around what this month signifies, what has and hasn’t changed, and what being out at work means for them.
Name, preferred pronouns, role at SB:
He / Him / His
What does Pride mean to you?
To me Pride is a time to reflect and appreciate on how far LGBT rights have come in this country, while still realizing that we have far to go. There are many amazing documentaries that are highlighted during the month and hearing the stories of specific individuals who didn't just wish for change, but demanded equality. That lesson is at true today as it was back then.
What does it mean to you to be out at work?
To me it's about visibility. I didn't feel comfortable being out at work until I saw more senior staff or my own managers celebrate their differences. This allowed them to be able to be more authentic in their communication and interaction with others – I realized this is something I was missing.
This year’s a bit different, but are there particular Pride-related events you’ll be attending?
No particular events I can think of but I’m keeping an eye out for virtual events.
What do you think people can do this Pride Month to raise awareness about important issues? Any history LGBTQIA+ lessons you’d like to share?
I think the most important thing you can do as either a member of the community or an ally is educate yourself and speak up when you see discrimination of any kind. In terms of historic lessons – I would highlight Larry Kramer (who unfortunately recently passed away). He founded ACT UP which helped drive public health policy on LGBT issues during the 1980s.
Lastly, what’s your favorite Pride song or queer anthem?
"I Wanna Dance With Somebody" by the late Whitney Houston because I can’t help but smile when I hear it and nothing beats a classic.