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Happy 2021 Pride!
Fueled is proud to celebrate Pride Month with our fellow LGBTQ+ (LGBTTTQQIAA) employees and communities. Fueled strives to be an inclusive and accepting environment that…
Fueled is proud to celebrate Pride Month with our fellow LGBTQ+ (LGBTTTQQIAA) employees and communities. Fueled strives to be an inclusive and accepting environment that does not discriminate based on gender or identity.
For Fueled, it is important to not only celebrate the LGBTQ+ community, but also to acknowledge the struggle of the heroes who led us to where we are today - people like Marsha P. Johnson, Bayard Rustin, and Barbara Gittings who fought for basic human rights for the LGBTQ+ community. We acknowledge the bravery of artists and athletes like Elliot Page, Lil Nas X, and James Baldwin who have used their platforms and art to pave the way for generations.
As a global company, we have fellow LGBTQ+ members around the world with varying levels of freedoms and protection. We stand by each employee to support their ability to express themselves freely and feel safe in our community. At Fueled, we strive to actively translate this support into action. Driven by integrity, one of our five core values, we offer equitable benefits for all employees regardless of their sexual orientation, including health benefits and generous parental leave for birthing and non-birthing parents. We also have a comprehensive anti-discrimination policy in our Employee Handbook, with clear consequences for those who don’t comply.
As an organization, we vow to do our part as a leader and role model to show that we can always do more and be better. This Pride month we, as an organization, are focusing on how we can help the QTIPOC community. Fueled is making donations to the Audre Lorde Project, an LGBTQ+, two-spirit, and gender-nonconforming people of color community organizing center focusing on the New York City area, as well as Rainbow Noir, a volunteer-led social, peer support and community action group, which celebrates and platforms people of color who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer and/or Intersex in Manchester and North West England. In addition to Fueled’s donations, we’re also matching all donations made by our team members to these organizations or any other with a mission to support the LGBTQ+ community.
Learn from several members of the Fueled team what Pride means to them and why it’s important to celebrate:
“Life can be hard enough as is, and living it on other people's terms is often an unnecessary burden. For me, Pride means living your best life authentically & unapologetically, without fear of judgement or negative repercussions." - Victor G. - Project Manager
“Pride to me means loving whoever you love. Letting presumptions go and living to feel. Feeling all the feelings regardless of “gender”. He she they WE let us love each other and be true to ourselves.” - Aubryn T. - Managing Director
“It's a time to celebrate how far the community has come and to celebrate the people who fought for the rights and recognition that we have today. It's a time for individuals, communities, and organizations to look to the future and see how we can improve and become a more inclusive and accepting place no matter an individual’s identity.” - Max F. - Marketing Coordinator
"Pride month to me is a time to acknowledge the resiliency of the queer community. To honor those who didn't have the privilege to love freely and openly in their time and who fought tooth and nail for the rights we have today. So much beauty has come from so much pain, and to me it's a time to reflect on that struggle, celebrate how far we've come, and to contribute to that progress for the next generation." - Jon C. - Front-End Engineer
“I think growing up LGBTQ+ can imbue you with a lot of shame. Having to hide who you are because you’re not sure how your family and friends might react can really mess with your self image. I think of Pride as the antithesis to that shame, it’s about celebrating the aspects of yourself you used to get teased for in school, embracing parts of yourself you’ve hid in order to fit in, and making it normal so that new generations never have to feel that way.” - Andrew P. - Product Designer