Pride month is a chance to celebrate acceptance, love, diversity and continue to fight for equality for all. Here at Trupanion, we believe in the chance for all our team members to be able to express their true self every day. It is part of our culture and as we navigate working remotely, there is also an opportunity to learn and grow during this transition period. Although Pride is a part of who we are, this year we went on to celebrate in another way, both because of the current pandemic and also because of the Black Lives Matter movement. We sat down with Amy Kirsh, the founder of our employee resource group TruPride to learn more about how we are here to help recognize and support our intersectional allies.
Here at Trupanion: how we celebrate Pride month 2020
What is TruPride?
We embrace what Pride stands for and welcome it as part of our corporate culture. In fact, TruPride was founded as an additional resource for LGBTQIA + members and allies. TruPride is a group of Trupanion team members who are either part of the LGBTQIA + community or an ally in this community.
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"I created TruPride not only to be a support system for our already existing community, but also for our new team members to know immediately that there is a safe space for them."
If a team member is given the chance to be themselves, they will be able to lead, collaborate and work more effectively. In addition, a safe and reliable workplace is essential for the well-being of our team members and the community.
This month, TruPride focused on providing education and resources to support Black Trans and Queer people of color, as Pride would not exist without them.
Stonewall's Origin and History
As the community marched and rioted for their voices to be heard, did you know that Pride started from the riot? In fact, the LGBTQIA + community would not be where it is today, but the work of queer and trans-rights-colored people leading the historical movement. Read here about the history and events that led to Stonewall.
What is TruLOVE?
Our team members must feel understood and heard and given the chance to be themselves. TruPride is also just one of the resources available to our team members. Another employee resource group at Trupanion is TruLOVE. LOVE in TruLOVE stands for Leadership of Various Ethnicities in Trupanion and is a resource group for people of color and allies of color. For example, this group member organization was created to maintain a culture of respect and diversity at Trupanion and within our community.
The recent events and the call for civil justice have made us remember the importance of Juneteenth.
“We stand in solidarity with our black and trans community. As allies in this intersectional society, we honored and look back on this historic date in history, says Trupanion Content Manager, acting leader of TruLOVE Marissa Villegas.
Trupanion also allowed team members to honor this day as a holiday.
For more resources, check out this monumental vacation in history.
Keeping in touch
During these uncertain times, it is important to keep communication open while working remotely. From virtual meetings to happy hours, these resource groups are here to support and listen to the concerns of our team members. As a remote culture, we are important in taking these calls online and providing a safe and open space for our team members.
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A chance for everyone to meet to learn, grow and support each other
As an organization, we always look to our team members to help shape and influence our company. This pride we continue to educate, strengthen, support and advocate for our team members and those in our community.
How do you plan to celebrate PRIDE month?
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