Every June, we celebrate LGBTQ+ Pride Month in memory of the historic Stonewall uprisings, which took place in June of 1969 in New York City. These uprisings were in response to systemic, state-sanctioned police brutality against gay, lesbian, and transgender Americans and the places they frequented.
What’s forgotten in that history is the fact that many of those at the forefront of both Stonewall and the fight for equal rights that bloomed after it were people of color, including trans people of color like Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera. These trans women of color were nearly written out of LGBTQ+ history, despite their incredibly visible lifetimes of sacrifice fighting for their rights to live without the fear of violence and hatred around every corner.
Today, with the spotlight shining on the Black Lives Matter movement in the midst of Pride Month, we at OneLogin want to call out the importance of understanding intersectionality and how it affects those who are members of multiple marginalized groups.
OneLogin’s Diversity and Inclusion Policy
Here at OneLogin, we foster a culture of inclusion, one that opposes discrimination toward anyone. We firmly stand by the notion that promoting self-affirmation, dignity, equality, and increased visibility of all minority groups, including LGBTQ+ people, is the right thing to do.
While we recognize that we have more work to do in this area, we have made it a priority to open career opportunities to more diverse candidates, develop training programs in underserved areas, and offer internal Diversity and Inclusion training with our current staff. We strive to continue to educate ourselves on the needs and challenges of underserved communities and those who have been systematically excluded from opportunities to prosper in this country. We believe that the actions we’ve committed to taking are the first of many steps to help promote equality and opportunity across all groups around the country and the world.
Pride Month Goals
OneLogin’s goal during Pride Month is to focus on workplace diversity and improve our workplace for everyone. We aim to recognize the progress that has been made in the LGBTQ+ community, acknowledge the work that still needs doing, create safe spaces for our employees, and celebrate love in all its forms. To participate in Pride Month celebrations, we chose a few key actions to make our solidarity with the LGBTQ+ community visible, both within the company and to the broader world.
We have developed an “Unconference Series” for Diversity and Inclusion training, held virtual happy hours with Pride as the theme, featured LGBTQ+ members and allies on our staff on our blog, expressed explicit support on social media, and highlighted our customers who are taking direct action in the fight for equal rights and access.
Intersectionality: LGBTQ+ and Black Lives Matter
There are countless ways in which systemic forces perpetuate discrimination in modern society. Whether one is treated unfairly for their gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, age, or physical ability, each injustice can dramatically affect an individual’s life, and these effects are compounded when a person is a member of more than one marginalized group.
Intersectionality is a term for the unique lived experiences that are created from our multiple, often overlapping social identities. For example, a queer black woman faces discrimination that a queer white man doesn’t. A transgender Latino man in a wheelchair faces different forms of discrimination than a white, able-bodied cis-gendered lesbian.
George Floyd was murdered a few short days before the beginning of Pride Month, sparking historic protests across the country and the world in solidarity with Black Americans. Much like the spark that fueled the Stonewall Riots, for many his death felt like the final straw in a long history of oppression. These new protests/arms of activism are more intersectional than ever. All sorts of marginalized groups are finally rallying in explicit acknowledgement that all oppression is connected.
At OneLogin, we strive to keep inclusion across all groups in the forefront of our corporate ethics, continue to educate ourselves on the issues minority groups face, and do our part to right the wrongs in our country’s history.