Robin recognizes Pride month

Jaclyn Torres
Jaclyn Torres

At Robin, we want to cultivate an inclusive community where — regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, age, creed, ability, or socioeconomic background — everyone belongs. 

In July 2020, we founded R-allies as a way to expand our efforts to make Robin an equitable, inclusive, and diverse workplace. 

Since launching, we’ve led donation drives for the Black Lives Matter movement, Black-owned restaurants in the Boston area, and Asian American Pacific Islander activist organizations. We host monthly "content clubs" to promote ongoing education around important topics, such as mental health awareness, Autism acceptance, Women’s history, and Black history. We analyzed the diverse composition of our team and adjusted our recruiting and hiring policies to ensure greater diverse voices across each segment of the business, and will be releasing a diversity, equity, and inclusion report later this month.

Pride month history

Pride month stems from the Stonewall Uprising on June 28, 1969 when the police raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in New York City. The events that unfolded over the next six days changed the course of LGBTQ+ activism in the United States. 

The first pride march took place in June 1970. The original rainbow LGBTQ+ flag was created in 1978 by Gilbert Baker, an American artist, gay rights activist, and United States Army veteran. The different colors of the flag each signify a unique value: red for life, orange for healing, yellow for sunlight, green for nature, blue for harmony, and violet for spirit.

Pride month at Robin

We want to highlight Pride Month by recognizing the strides made within the LGBTQ+ community and acknowledging the work that still needs to be done. 

To kick off the month, we are hosting a content club on queer representation in the media. This session will discuss how the music, film, and TV industry shapes the perception of LGBTQ+ members in society and how we as an organization can think critically and challenge these representations.

Robinauts that identify as LGBTQ+ want to share what pride means to them, so we are running a fireside chat to highlight their experiences as members of the queer community. The series is followed by a trivia event at the end of the month to share more insight into LGBTQ+ history and provide a robust understanding of queer culture. 

The Pride agenda was driven by those Robinauts who identify as LGBTQ+ and want to highlight our allyship, support, respect, and belonging within the queer community. We are dedicated to learning, promoting, and expanding LGBTQ+ rights for our community.

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