How would you describe PRIDE/Égalité’s purpose?
The main purpose of PRIDE/Égalité to me is connecting to, inspiring, and being inspired by other LGBTQ+ folks you wouldn’t necessarily get to know in your day-to-day work life. It gives us a chance to learn more about what drives us, what is missing, and what we can do to ensure our queer co-workers are being treated fairly and respectfully. That level of respect can then spill over to our local communities through projects, panels, donation drives, etc. We also have a ton of FUN between planning and executing events, and sometimes just listening and talking through certain important topics and issues.
What inspired you to join PRIDE/Égalité?
I am inspired by any group in which people come together out of sheer, dumb passion. So, when I first learned about the wonderful work PRIDE/Égalité was putting together in the “after-hours,” I was immediately drawn in. I wanted to be a part of it as well, as an LGBTQ+ community member and ally, to effect positive change in our workplace and beyond.
What advice would you give a co-worker who wants to be a stronger ally to the LGBTQ+ community?
Join a PRIDE/Égalité chapter in your area and if you don’t have one yet–start it. There is so much help and inspiration to go around from this amazing group of people! You will be amazed by the rewarding experiences PRIDE/Égalité is able to provide.