By Megan Clark, Sr. Writer
For the second year in a row, RealSelf employees across the company gathered in downtown Seattle with friends and families (and pups!) to celebrate in Seattle’s Pride Parade. As with most good Sundays, it started with mimosas and breakfast goodies. Then we hit the streets — donning our “One Team with Pride” RealSelf t-shirts and handing out rainbow-inspired swag for cheering bystanders.
The week leading up to the parade, we took to our Instagram page and asked just a few of our amazing LGBTQ+ employees what Pride means to them. Here’s what they had to say:
“Pride is dedicated to acknowledging that people are different, they do exist and create a safe space to celebrate those differences. Pride means opening up the doors for anyone who needs it. Mental health is a growing crisis and the LGBTQ+ community struggles almost twice as much as the heterosexual community. I think we’re fighting the good fight here.” — Stephanie Guenther, Office Manager in People & Recruiting
“Pride is all about celebration and living your most out and proud life. I didn’t come out until I was 26 years old and I feel like my first Pride was the first time I was able to live so openly surrounded by a community who fully accepted me for myself. That’s a powerful feeling.” — Nikson Mathews, Senior Visual Design Lead
“To me Pride means getting to be proud as a community of who we are and the adversities we’ve overcome.” — Michael Peberdy, Recruiting Coordinator in People & Recruiting
“This is our time to celebrate progress and remind ourselves that we still have a long way to go. Living in Seattle, it’s easy to forget that LGBT discrimination is STILL legal in 31 states. We need to stay energized, speak up, and vote!” — Landon Larsen, Senior UX Designer in UX/Design
“Pride is about celebrating who you are and being bold!” — Lelani La Guardia, Sales Manager in Sales
We take pride in celebrating diversity and inclusion at RealSelf. If you do too, check out our open positions and apply today.