Pride and Purpose
At Oliver Russell, we know Pride doesn’t stop after June. It’s a consistent and ever evolving celebration and conversation that happens all year, every year. As an Idaho-based company, we have seen first-hand the impact anti-LGBTQIA+ policies have on the lives of our community members, friends, and family.
Recently, Idaho passed the nation’s first transgender sports ban, paving the way for other states to follow suit, and setting LGBTQIA+ rights back even further. We won’t tolerate this intolerance. We believe the world is a better place when each of us is safe to show up fully as our authentic selves – no one deserves to have their humanity questioned. NO ONE.
With a history of supporting the LGBTQIA+ community through donation, volunteer efforts, and specifically the pursuit of marriage equality legislation, we’re proud to continue taking a stand. We also know we’re not experts in this space. That’s why we’re committed to continually educating ourselves and working with the LGBTQIA+ community to learn about ways we can lend our platform, show support, and increase engagement with – and an understanding of – practical policies and reforms that recognize the contributions, protect the dignity, and celebrate the humanity of the LGBTQIA+ community.
Here’s a list of resources we’ve found helpful in our recent Pride celebrations that we hope you’ll explore:
- How to Avoid Rainbow Washing During Pride Month
- Have You Been Tricked by Rainbow Washing?
- Collection of LGBQTIA+ Resources from B Lab
- Human Rights Campaign Pride Resources
- LGBQTIA+ Reads from Penguin Random House Publishing
- Pride Month Series from NPR
- Specifically: A Guide to Gender Identity Terms
- 4 Ways to Make Your Workplace Equitable for Trans People
- Navigating the Coming Out Conversation– From Both Sides
- The Meaning Behind 24 LGBQT Pride Flags
- National Women’s History Museum Pride Month Resource Toolkit
As you’ve probably noticed, as a social impact agency, we care, a LOT, about a lot of different causes. That’s why we’ve opted to frame our impact focus areas around the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). You’ll be hearing more about this connection to the SDGs from us in the future, and specifically around how our actions for SDG 5 – the pursuit of gender equality – relate to our efforts to support the LGBTQIA+ community.
For now, HAPPY PRIDE. Watch this space for more, and please reach out if you’d like to collaborate with us as we explore these topics and ways to show up for our community! We are huge fans of holding people to account so reach out if you feel there is something we’re missing or that you’d like to share with us as we continue on our educational journey.