Celebrating Trans Day of Visibility to recognize and celebrate the Trans Members of the BARK community

March 31st is a day in the LGBTQ+ community known as Transgender Day of Visibility (TDOV). This day is about highlighting and supporting the trans members of our community and recognizing their contributions.

Study after study has shown that visibility of the LGBT community helps strengthen support in our communities, and helps to strengthen the mental health and alleviate feelings of isolation and loneliness for LGBTQ+ individuals who may not have a strong, or accessible support system in their daily lives.

As such, we here at BARK are proud to use our platform to help celebrate the transgender members of our community, including the many contributions of our trans and gender non-conforming members of our team, as well as the many members of our pack who celebrate this day. We do so because we know that trans people are our colleagues, our friends, our neighbors, and our fellow dog lovers.

Here are some snapshots from our celebration at our office in Columbus, OH, where many of our team members congregated for a celebration of TDOV. As a part of this event, our team set up a photo booth for our employees who identify as trans, (and their dogs!) so we could celebrate them. This included a dedicated makeup artist, so team members could look their best and decorations crafted by our team which consisted of dozens of paper flowers, handmade and hung on streamers by volunteers from our team. Photo opportunities included in solo shots which could be used for professional purposes, as well as group photos for social media. Lunch was catered for all those in attendance, including our cisgender employees who showed up to show support for the cause.

A behind the scenes look at Rachael showing her support for her partner Austin!
“It was fulfilling to create an experience where our Trans employees felt included and celebrated” -Our ally, Shelby Mason, Senior Community Coordinator, seen here with our ally Kathryn.

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