“Love is love is love is love is love is love is love is love, cannot be killed or swept aside,” Lin-Manuel Miranda recited from the Tony Awards stage in a speech that is shared and referenced years later.
At Spiro, we believe in this truth—that love is love—and embrace, support, celebrate, and encourage every individual in our workplace, each person in our community, and all humans everywhere to live and be their authentic selves.
It’s something we think about and focus on during Pride Month—but the importance and action doesn’t stop there. It can’t stop there.
Yiota Liopetriti, Digital Marketing Executive for the nonprofit organization ShelterBox, recently published a list of eight practical steps to being an LGBTQIA+ ally, in which she wrote: “Being an ally is to support those who deserve a sureness in being their full selves and being proud.”
In the spirit of allyship and celebrating Pride Month—and moreover, standing with and supporting the LGBTQIA+ community long after June’s 30 days are over—we’ve put together a short list of resources that can help you continue to celebrate Pride, no matter where you are or how you engage.
Check them out:
Fast Company’s Queer 50: The publication’s second annual list of LGBTQ women and nonbinary business and tech innovators was created in collaboration with Lesbians who Tech & Allies.
Why it rocks: These incredible leaders aren’t just standing out with their efforts toward racial and gender equity—the group carries a load of insights and innovative approaches to running business and pivoting during disruption across industries, including tech, healthcare, e-commerce, entertainment, retail, broadcasting, activism, and more.
Human Rights Campaign’s Glossary of Terms: The organization’s resource is nestled alongside a bevy of other helpful tools, including its Municipal Equality Index, Healthcare Equality Index and facilities search, and Guide to Coming Out and Living Authentically as Bisexual.
Why it rocks: The more we can increase conversations and open dialogue about the needs, experiences and concerns in the LGBTQIA+ community, the more understanding can take place and action can happen. This glossary of terms can help jumpstart those conversations and provide helpful information.
Straight for Equality’s “In the Workplace” Learning Sessions: The program of PFLAG National offers a list of courses with session overviews that cover the recommended length (both in-person and virtual), target audiences, participant materials, and a bulleted list of learning objectives.
Why it rocks: The organization reported, “In 2022, 93% of Fortune 500 companies included sexual orientation and 91% included gender identity in their nondiscrimination policies. However, this commitment to inclusive policy has not translated into critical culture change in the workplace.” Sessions aimed at developing allyship, building networks, and enhancing your education can help make workplace culture change a reality instead of just an aspiration.
LinkedIn Top LGBTQIA+ Voices: The social platform’s inaugural list includes 10 thought leaders in the United States and Canada who are “shaping conversations about prioritizing inclusivity throughout Pride month and beyond.”
Why it rocks: From content about integrating a JEDI (Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion) program into your organization to pay gaps and the need for diverse voices on boards, these individuals are consistently sharing thought-provoking insights and ways for both people and organizations across industries to act.
The Trevor Project’s Resources: A collection of guides and handbooks from the world’s largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for LGBTQ young people.
Why it rocks: Though the nonprofit’s focus is on members of the LGBTQ community who are under 18, its resources are thorough and apply to a variety of ages and backgrounds. Guides include understanding sexual orientation, approaching intersectional conversations, tools and guiding questions for coming out, how to protect your wellbeing on Instagram, and more.
TransTech Social Enterprises’ Summit: The nonprofit incubator for LGBTQ talent, which focuses on co-working and developing valuable skills within marginalized LGBTQ communities, is hosting its 2023 Summit on March 31-April 2.
Why it rocks: Though next year’s schedule has yet to be announced, tickets are free and program tracks include: Business & Career; Web, App, Design & Coding; Diversity, Representation & Inclusion; Media, Marketing & Advertising; Racial Justice, Social Justice, & Human Rights; Health, Wellness, & Technology; and Tech in Hollywood. Members also have access to a variety of business training programs and offerings.
Penguin Random House’s Ultimate LGBTQIA+ Pride Book List: A collection of books from LGBTQIA+ authors, from romance and fantasy reads to photographic histories, memoirs and books aimed at younger readers.
Why it rocks: You can support the LGBTQIA+ community through purchasing any or all of the items featured on the list, but reading these tomes are also a great way to embrace Pride Month and connect to both members and allies—as you’ll get a window and insights into the community and its members’ stories, experiences and history.
What resources would you add to this list?
We’d love to hear your thoughts and ways that you’re embracing and supporting the LGBTQIA+ community during Pride Month and beyond. You can talk with us on LinkedIn, Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.