Happy Pride! Every year in June, people in cities around the world gather to celebrate diversity, inclusion, and the LGBTQ community. To us, celebrating Pride means promoting self-affirmation, dignity, and equal rights for all. It’s a time for people from all walks of life to stop and reflect on what it means to be truly accepting and accepted, and the peaceful, positive effect this can have on the world.
In recent chats with some of our Taskers about what Pride means to them, we heard some truly moving stories that inspired us continue creating a welcoming, inclusive community. Here’s what they had to say:
“Pride is a time where you are truly able to celebrate yourself as a whole person. For many of us in the LGBTQ community, we’ve spent a lot of our lives being ashamed of who we are. Many people still struggle with that even if they are out. Pride is a reminder that we shouldn’t feel ashamed and that we should actually celebrate who we are. I grew up in a small, conservative agriculture town with very few openly LGBTQ role models. Living there, it was hard to see a future where I would ever be able to be openly gay. When I moved away to college, my world opened up and I found myself able to finally picture that future.
It’s important to me to be very open about my identity so that those who are struggling with their own can see someone who has been able to overcome that struggle. I want to be the person who I needed to see when I was growing up closeted. I want to be the person who can give someone at least a little more hope that they can have a future where they are able to be their true selves. When you’re struggling and in the closet, it’s important to remember that there are people out there who support you and who love you. Just remember that if you are struggling, you are not alone, you are not unlovable, and there is nothing wrong with you.
“Pride Month provides a moment to reflect on what has changed for all of us LGBTQIA people, and what still needs to be addressed. I am a gay person, and the challenges I have to overcome on a daily basis are plentiful. From off-handed remarks to downright rudeness and harassment, it happens to all of us—more than most heterosexual people know.
I would love to live in a world where diversity is a virtue, and where everyone can live and love next to each other without hate. If you’re an LGBTQIA person out there struggling with adversity, this is exactly what Pride is for: Be proud, be you, be as out and bold as you want to be, or blend in if that is your thing. Just don’t ever let anyone put out your candle!
“As a queer woman, Pride month is always important to me. It reminds me how far I’ve come in tackling my own internalized homophobia about being gay. It also reminds me that I have a community to support me.
Once upon a time in this country, if you were a queer person, you HAD to stay in the closet to work. Still, many people stay in the closet because they’re afraid that if they come out, there will be repercussions professionally. As an independent contractor for TaskRabbit, I’m lucky that I don’t typically have to worry about that. I can build my own business both within and outside of my LGBTQ community and know that I am supported and valued. Thanks, TaskRabbit!”
One of our goals at TaskRabbit is to help everyone live lives they can be proud of, no matter who they are or where they come from. Embracing diversity doesn’t just help us celebrate different types of people. It also helps us bring people closer together—which always has a positive effect on the world.