Each LGBTQ+ person carries with them their own understanding of LGBTQ+ Pride and Allyship. As our annual “Pride Season” comes to a close, we are pausing to explore these concepts further with the hope that their deeper significance will be felt long after the wave of marketing campaigns and social initiatives end on June 30. We posed the following question to our Board: What do Pride and Allyship mean to you?
PIOW hosted a panel discussion focused on the needs of young adults who are navigating career access, mobility, and workplace culture for the first time. Boston’s nonprofit leaders joined us to unpack the systemic barriers that can work against LGBTQ+ young adults as they seek to secure and maintain employment. Included in post – full panel recording, event recap, and best practices.
In May and June, we were joined by two panels of gender-diverse professionals and industry leaders to explore best practices in workplace inclusion. We learned that allyship is an ongoing practice of educating oneself, listening to understand the needs of others, and taking action to advocate for those in the community you’re trying to support. However we identify individually, allyship is something that we all must work towards together.
The end of June marks the end of LGBTQ+ Pride month, but it shouldn’t mark the end of LGBTQ+ allyship. As this month comes to a close, PIOW encourages everyone to commit or recommit to supporting all members of the LGBTQ+ community year-round. Not sure where to start? Our team created an LGBTQ+ allyship checklist to meet you wherever you are in your allyship journey.