This year, we had the honor to once again partner with Boston Pride for their 2017 celebration. While this is not the first time we’ve joined Boston Pride in their mission to create change and progress in the Boston community, the familiarity hasn’t sapped our spirit. Pride is a worthy cause that we are always honored to throw our support behind.
We hope that this sponsorship reflects, in part, our own commitment to cultivating an open, supportive, respectful, and safe working environment for every one of our team members — regardless of gender, sexuality, ethnicity, or other dimensions of identity. Experience has shown us that incredible things happen when people make a mutual effort to understand and support one another.
But we don’t mention this in hopes of winning praise. Frankly, ensuring that team members are treated with basic decency and respect is the least any company can do. However, it does raise a sobering point: the fact that these kinds of policies are needed, that the ideals they represent have not yet entrenched themselves in the status quo, means the status quo demands our attention — and our action.
Which brings us to Boston Pride, our home city’s incredible annual celebration of its local LGBT community, which occurs alongside other local Pride events popping off in communities across the world throughout the month of June. Pride represents something different for everyone who observes it — this is a good thing. But among other takeaways, Pride demonstrates the necessity of cultivating a society in which different perspectives are visible, respected, and welcomed.
Though full LGBT equality remains a distant goal and a disappointingly controversial subject, a company that involves itself in Pride today tends to face far less risk to its reputation as it might have in years past. We know this. So while we’re thrilled to be participating in our city’s celebration, we will not pretend that it was brave of us to do so. It wasn’t.
The world still has so much work to do. We have so much work to do. Driving change for LGBT folks everywhere is a massive effort requiring global coordination. In such an effort, partnerships like these help only the tiniest bit. Lasting, meaningful change begins with us, you, and everyone else committing the ideals of equality at all times, not just when the parade goes by.
This takes continuous effort, but the goals are necessary. The right to safely and confidently be oneself belongs to everyone, and is in turn everyone’s duty to help ensure for others. Until the day comes when a person’s gender identity and sexuality are as socially inconsequential as their eye color, until a day comes when equality is the new status quo, we have a shared responsibility to hasten that day’s arrival.
And so, we enthusiastically offer our contribution to Boston Pride in the hope that it brightens the month in whatever small way it can, and to stress our team’s pledge to continue honoring Boston Pride’s vision throughout the year — both in our workplace and in our community.
Check out all the awesome stuff Boston Pride does at bostonpride.lgbt.
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