Pride Month, which takes place every June, is a time to remember the Stonewall Uprising of 1969 and celebrate freedom to express one’s identity. Although known for its worldwide parades with rainbow flags, it’s important to remember that Pride is also a protest. People from different backgrounds commemorate the protests, and raise awareness about discrimination and oppression, by parading the streets to honor equal opportunity and rights for the LGBTQ+ community around the world. Pride Month is a growing global movement for the LGBTQ+ community and has been joined by all people who support fairness and equality.
It’s key to know the history of how Pride Month came to be, to understand its importance. These are some highlights:
We at Aarki value diversity and inclusion. Let’s see what the Aarki team thinks about Pride Month, and how we can continue to cultivate a culture of love and acceptance.
“Other than having family and friends that are part of the LGBTQ+ community, I think that it's fair for everyone to have equal rights regardless of their gender, sex, or identity. If straight people like me can freely work without discrimination or inequality, why shouldn't everyone? It shouldn't even be a basis to question anything about the person to begin with. It really starts with acceptance. When a person can wholly accept the people around them without any bias - may it be age, gender, looks - then the world becomes an easier place to live in.”
Noelle Angco, Marketing Associate
“I think it's very important that all humans could live in a world without fears and discrimination. No matter what gender, sexual orientation, skin color, or religion, we can just live together under the same sky and breathe fresh air equally, instead of fearing oppression.”
Matt Fan, Marketing Associate - CN
“I believe that everyone has the right to have a happy life with lots of fun. We are all unique individuals who deserve respect regardless of skin color, gender, religion, or ethnicity. For me, Aarki has been a very wonderful environment. At Aarki, we ignore all barriers of religion, politics, culture, and gender. We have the sole purpose of growing Aarki together and supporting our customers globally.”
Tri Minh Huynh, Sr. Account Executive - VN
“LGBTQ+ Rights are Human Rights. Until LGBTQ+ people have equal rights and access in the US and Internationally, I support, celebrate, and honor activists and humans. Some of the ways we can create a more inclusive environment is by informing others the pronoun you identify yourself outside the gender binary construct, as well as respecting the pronouns people prefer to be identified.”
Kristina Kern, Sr. Director of Client Services - NA & EMEA
“Who doesn't want to see other people feel free and liberated, right? I think that to have a more inclusive and accepting environment, people should be more open minded, and accept everyone's flaws and strengths as they are.”
Harold Medrano, Creative Lead (Video)
“I reckon that the LGBTQ+ community are among the most persecuted and at risk of prejudice. Regardless of their sexual orientation and/or gender identity, this should never lead to discrimination or abuse. Human rights apply to all and there should be no exemption. Using the right language creates a more inclusive environment. This can go a long way to making everyone feel safe and welcome. We have to recognize, understand, and opt for precise terminologies that encapsulates how people want to be identified.”
Pitch Oguan, Creative Lead (Art)
“The greatest impact of this community, for me, is that we always include everyone with what we do. We know how it feels to be treated differently. We just want to be seen, heard, and accepted. One of the many wonderful things in our community is that we fight for everyone. Not only for the people within the community, but for those who support us as well. Every June we celebrate Pride Month, when you can be whoever you want to be, and where everyone is welcome. The biggest impact for us is that you get to stand and speak up for those who cannot. Pride is you. Pride is us.”
DJ Sabate, Partnerships - Asia
“Pride Month to me is about recognizing and celebrating individuality. It’s about celebrating community. The most beautiful thing about being human is that we are all on unique paths. Pride month is the time for me and others in the LGBTQ+ community to feel proud of what sets us apart and brings us together.”
Olivia Sears, Sr. Client Services Manager
"As a member of the gay community, it's a no-brainer to support Pride. To me, one of the most heartwarming parts of Pride Month is seeing all the allies of the LGBTQ+ community, who gather with us at Pride Parades to celebrate love in all its forms. The growing support from the wider community is so appreciated. Everyone should try to have an open mind, put oneself in others' shoes, and be proud of the diversity of human lives.”
Abo Simpson, Director of Client Services - NA
“I support Pride to celebrate the victories for the LGBTQIA+ community, to raise awareness on ongoing issues, and to promote the normalization of the diversity of sexual identity and gender expression. I think a large percentage of the opposition against the LGBTQIA+ community are not inherently hateful; they likely lack proper education. If more people explain the concepts of sexual identity and gender expression in a way that doesn't involve heated arguments, I think it can go a long way in making our communities more inclusive.”
Kass Yboa, Creative Director
Aarki recognizes the importance of giving a platform to any person who supports gender equality, to be able to share their experiences in the industry, views on the latest trends, and to raise awareness about the need for more diversity and inclusivity in our industry.
Women in Mobile is an initiative and platform by Aarki that recognizes and elevates the voices of impactful people from the mobile industry. Deepening our promise of promoting inclusion, Women in Mobile is diversifying our range of features. We will begin to feature people who do not only identify as women, but also people from the LGBTQ+ community, allies, and everyone else who upholds and supports diversity, inclusion, and representation of people with different identities and backgrounds. You can nominate the next Women in Mobile feature through this link.
This year, let us celebrate Pride Month with the people we love the most. With social distancing measures happening globally, how will you be celebrating? Follow us on Instagram @aarkimobile and share with us how you’ll be celebrating Pride!
Credits to @danielquasar for the Progressive Pride Flag. Learn more about xem and the Progress Initiative here.