Authored by: Henry Holmes, Full Stack Engineer II and PETL Member at TripleLift
Welcome to Pride Month at TripleLift! Since the Stonewall riot in 1969 and the first pride march a year later, the month of June has been a time for LGBTQIA+ people and our allies to celebrate the progress we have made, reflect on the bravery and sacrifice of those who came before us, demand a future free from discrimination, and simply — proudly — express our true identities.
This year – as we remember and celebrate what Pride Month stands for – we are drawing upon the incredible stories from our past to meet the challenges of the present with our programming for this Pride season themed around “The LGBTQ+ Experience Across Generations.” This theme will encompass the challenges plaguing our community’s youth, the struggle to live one’s authentic self in professional spaces, and the incredible achievements of the advocates that came before us.
To kick off our Pride programming, PETL – TripleLift’s ERG, Pride and Equality at TripleLift – is hosting a series of events, workshops and dialogues for employees and partners, where we’ll unpack the unique obstacles and opportunities present across generations of LGBTQIA+. Allies and members that attend these events will be provided with tools to combat discrimination and a deeper appreciation for the diverse LGBTQIA+ experience.
We also want to recognize that many of us within the PETL community have disproportionate privilege and we want our programming this Pride season to highlight the experiences of those often overlooked and marginalized within the LGBTQIA+ community. Pride started as a riot against discrimination led by trans women – particularly trans women of color – and yet today trans women are still among the most marginalized within our community, and the hope is to build a space for their voices and stories to be heard.
Finally, I’m proud to share that TripleLift is once again bringing back our Every Meeting Makes a Difference initiative to support four incredible organizations dedicated to supporting the LGBTQIA+ community year round. Meaning, for every virtual meeting TripleLift holds in the month of June will help fund a donation to these organizations:
True Colors United
True Colors United implements innovative solutions to youth homelessness that focus on the unique experiences of LGBTQ young people.
Ali Forney Center
The Ali Forney Center’s mission is to protect LGBTQ youths from the harms of homelessness and empower them with the tools needed to live independently
The Point Foundation
Point Foundation empowers promising lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) students to achieve their full academic and leadership potential – despite the obstacles often put before them – to make a significant impact on society. Point is the nation’s largest scholarship provider to LGBTQ students of merit; granting more than 400 scholarships since 2002.
Brooklyn Community Pride Center
Brooklyn Community Pride Center provides services and support to the borough’s LGBTQ+ community through original programming and partnerships with other organizations. Across the spectrum from young people to elders, Brooklyn Community Pride Center enables our community to actively participate in positive, life-affirming activities.
Throughout the month of June, we encourage you to join us in sharing your personal Pride memories and experiences with us #Pride #TripleLift
Stay bold, stay safe, and HAPPY PRIDE!