June marks Pride Month, a time to reflect on the history of the LGBTQIA+ community, celebrate individuality, and serve as a reminder of the power of visibility, allyship, and representation.
Gympass celebrates the diversity of voices, stories, and the different colors that love has. In honor of World Pride Day, several inspiring Gympass employees share their unique definitions of “pride,” what this day means to them, and how you can strive to be a better ally this month and beyond.
What does pride mean to you?
Blaine Bush, Wellbeing Engagement Manager
“Pride means being your authentic self, whichever shape or form that you define that as. It’s a time to celebrate YOU! Pride is not just a month, but a lifetime. It is a time to acknowledge the past sacrifices from the community that came before, focus on the now, and to look at our promising future.”
Héctor Guerrero, Talent Acquisition & Employer Branding Specialist:
“Pride for me means that I’m happy with who I am. With everything I have and what is about to come. Pride is to have the family and the friends that I have. Pride is the path I’m following in my life. Pride for me is all the mistakes, failures, learnings, and successes we face in life. Pride for me is RESPECT.”
Rodrigo Cardoso, Accounts Payable Manager
“Being able to be who I am, without adapting something or justifying what I am or what I represent. It is being proud of being unique and being free.”
Rodolfo Oviedo, Head of Client Sales Mexico
“Feeling comfortable and satisfied with your principles.”
How can you be an LGBTQIA+ ally?
Hear from members of the Gympass Pride Affinity Group.
Ednaldo Gonzaga, Regional Client Success Specialist:
“Always listen more, be self-critical, don’t minimize differences and causes you’re not part of, and don’t be silent in the face of prejudiced situations.”
Joaquín Lopez, Partnerships Manager Mexico:
“I believe that some of us (including those of us within the LGBTQIA+ community) have some sort of privilege, be it racial, class, education, being cisgender, non-disabled, or straight. Understanding your own privileges can help you empathize with marginalized or oppressed groups.”
Rodrigo Cardoso, Accounts Payable Manager:
“Support, defend equal rights, encourage inclusion, and practice empathy.”
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