In honor of Pride Month, we invited our fellow Logicians to share their perspectives on the meaning of allyship—in their personal lives as well as in the workplace—and on how we can all strive to be stronger allies to those who identify as LGBTQIA+.
Here’s what they had to say …
Where have you experienced allyship in the workplace?
“My experience at Logic has been great. Having the freedom of talking about my same-sex spouse on a casual conversation without anyone raising an eyebrow is what an open and accepting workplace should be.” – Martin S.
“As a proud mom of a trans daughter, I personally feel a sense of security working at an inclusive company like Logic20/20. I can share stories from home and had colleagues that took care to ask about pronouns when she transitioned from he/him, to they/them, to she/her. I can share these anecdotes, plus the focus that Logic puts on having honest conversations around diversity and inclusion, back at home with my child, so that she understands that there are whole networks of people who truly care about creating safe places for all people to thrive.” – Kimberly
Where have you experienced allyship in your personal life?
“My step-child is in the LGBTQIA+ community, and that experience has impacted my personal views in an even stronger way than having close friends/teammates in the community. Overall, I want to be a better ally and share that I appreciate that we have people celebrating this at our organization.” – Jordan G.
“When we moved to our home in suburban Redmond, we were a little concerned about how the neighbors would react; however, they embraced us and engaged with us and treated us as they would have treated any other family moving onto their street, and that was just amazing.” – Martin S.
“My wife and I are allies, as we have two children that are part of this community, and we have experienced allyship from my parents for both of my kids. That said, we pre-empted any negative responses by talking to my parents and flat-out asking them to be supportive and positive about our kids’ choices. We asked them to not make a big deal about it, but just realize that they have the right to make their own life choices and that we needed to be sure they would be supportive.” – Doug E.
Is there a story you wish to share about being a part of or an ally for this community?
“As society has evolved in the past several years to be more educated and acknowledging of the gender and sexuality spectrums that exist, I’ve had friends and family who have had the opportunity to see outside of the social expectation of them, based on how they present, and who have been able to explore relationships and identities that allow them to feel fully themselves and fully free. While it’s not always easy on individuals or communities, it is a beautiful thing that our world is shifting so that more people can be their authentic selves.” – A Logician Ally
“A few years ago, when the Obergefell decision ruled in favor of the freedom to marry, I did not expect the way many of my coworkers reacted. Watching them come that day to work with colorful rainbow cupcakes and flags to celebrate a decision that did not affect their own marriages was something very emotional.” – Martin S.
“As mentioned, my wife and I have two children that are part of this community. We are our children’s largest advocates. While we have not pushed this support into the LGBTQIA+ community as a whole, this needs to be the next step, as everyone should enjoy true freedom without scrutiny and criticism. I love that Logic2020, along with employees within Logic2020, is so supportive and will try to leverage this to be better and to work with others to be better.” – Doug E.
Do you have any advice for those who are continually working on being the best ally they can be?
“It’s not just about being an ally during this one month of the year. It’s about standing up for what is right, about learning about the people and communities, about our history, and the problems we face. It’s about speaking out, about being an ally with your votes, by not staying quiet when ban after ban is enacted into law across the country forcing many members of the community into exile or once again into a dark closet.” – Martin S.
“Keep making the effort, even if you are slow to adopt new ways of thinking. One of our daughters has been “she” for 15 years to my wife and me. She requested over a year ago to be addressed as “they” when she told us she might like girls. Great, we said, we will support you 100%. That said, we still mess up to this day using the wrong pronouns, but they know we are trying, and they appreciate the support. Great feedback on saying ‘thank you’ as opposed to ‘sorry’; we will be using this in the future.” – Doug E.
“As someone who has been deeply involved in this community, I’ve come to realize that keeping the conversation going is incredibly important. It’s not just about momentary excitement or fleeting efforts; it’s about sustaining the momentum. We can make a difference by engaging in ongoing dialogue, challenging misinformation when we hear it, and continuously educating ourselves in this space.” – Alexis S.
At Logic20/20, our respect for all persons, regardless of race, gender identity, or lifestyle, is a vital part of who we are as a company and as individuals—365 days a year. We savor the chance to honor the rich diversity of our team and the individuality of every team member who makes this a Best Place to Work. Happy Pride Month!