Every day at Shipt, we see the impact that authenticity, diversity, and advocacy make on our teams and our greater community. The LGBTQ+ rights movement embodies the importance of these values, and we’re honored to be able to represent and participate in this cause.
As Pride 2020 kicks off this month, we’d love to take this opportunity to do two things:
1. Celebrate the victories of the LGBTQ+ community.
2. Advocate for the respect and fair treatment of all people.
With the mission of putting people first, we at Shipt strive to support and to honor the LGBTQ+ community – starting with stories from our own HQ employees and Shipt Shoppers about what Pride means to them.
Shipt Shoppers & HQ Say It Proud
Tae M., Experience Team Member on how to support the LGBTQ+ community:
Don’t be afraid to be wrong. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, even if you feel uncomfortable. I think that a lot of fear that people have is just a lack of understanding. If you could place yourself in someone else’s shoes, do it. I think a lot of times we think if I do join the community, that means I have to believe everything. But you don’t. My biggest advice is to not be afraid to butt heads, but still be able to try and learn, understand, and look at things from a different point of view outside of yourself.
Patrick R., Shopper on celebrating Pride in 2020:
This year Pride will look different for all of us but I know that our community will come together to celebrate virtually with just as much heart as if we were parading through the streets in person together. My husband and I will be tuning in to as many Pride events from home as possible. It’s so important that we show global support for our community now more than ever.
Jessie T., Experience Manager on leadership at work:
I started at Shipt as a Communication Specialist on our Experience team, and today I am a manager of that department. Looking back, it’s incredible to think of the impact and reach I have had on the LGBTQ+ community. I have had the priviledge to reassure people who were fearful an Alabama company wouldn’t deliver to them if they knew they were gay. I have had the privilege to congratulate a trans shopper for finishing their first shop and getting their first job. I have helped and coached LGBTQ+ members of our Communications team to multiple levels of success within our company. Shipt supported me every step of the way.
Tyra M., Shopper on her favorite Pride traditions:
My favorite tradition hands down is volunteering at Ferndale Pride in Michigan every single year. We also do a big fundraiser every year for Affirmation. Affirmation is a youth center that helps LGBT youth, so I always help them organize a big fundraiser.
Sylvia S., Experience QA Analyst on who inspires her:
There are so many trans and queer people who have inspired me to keep being myself. I’d say the singer Kim Petras inspires me and shows me that I can do anything I put my mind to, and being trans doesn’t have to hold me back! Marsha P. Johnson, the first person to throw a brick during the Stonewall riots and a black trans woman, inspires me to stand up for my community and for what’s right while being unapologetically myself.
Donating $10,000 to the Fight for Equality
The Human Right Campaign (HRC) is America’s largest civil rights organization with over 3 million members working to achieve fairness and equality for all. Their focus on providing empowering resources and organizing grassroots events immediately inspired our support. This year, Shipt is donating $10,000 to their cause, and hope to continue supporting them in years to come.
Our New Favorite Shirt
If you’re joining the rest of the world in celebrating Pride, whether it’s tuning into events or joining a Zoom dance party, our Pride 2020 can help show your pride in style. These limited-edition shirts were created by and with our LGBTQ+ Shipt colleagues. To match with us, visit the Shipt Shop.
How are you celebrating Pride? We’d love to hear your thoughts on how we can keep supporting the cause – drop us a line in the comments.