Sean McBride
Jun 19, 2018 · 3 min read

Happy Pride! June is celebrated as LGBTQ Pride Month in the US. In cities across the country, activists and organizers host political rallies, parades, and other events to celebrate and promote the LGBTQ community. Why June? Pride commemorates the Stonewall Rebellion in June of 1969, the event which ignited the modern LGBTQ movement.

First LGBTQ Pride day, NYC, 1970 (via CNN)

At Range, we believe people should be supported and affirmed at work regardless of their sexual orientation and gender identity. Not only is it the right thing to do, but when each individual can bring their full self to work, teams operate at their best and organizations are more effective. Psychological safety is a key predictor of team success, and acceptance of difference is a critical ingredient.

However, for many people in the LGBTQ community — my community—bringing one’s full self to work can be a risky or even dangerous proposition. Where one lives and works, how one identifies, and whether one is also part of another historically marginalized group can have a significant effect. 31 states in the US and many more places throughout the world still lack basic protections against discrimination in employment based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

We believe that Range has a role to play to help move things forward — even beyond making sure that our own organization is a welcoming place to work. Organizations are shaped by the software they use, so by creating software that promotes inclusion, openness, and safety, we can help teams to lay the groundwork for greater acceptance.

One early example is the team questions feature that we’ve built into Range, with questions spanning from “What happened over the weekend?” to “What would make you feel safer when taking calculated risks at work?” These questions give team members a low-risk opportunity to share their unique experiences of life and work with the rest of their team. This might sound small, but it can be a meaningful first step for a team to develop comfort expressing and accepting difference, which fosters psychological safety and ultimately makes teams more effective.

From all of us at Range, we wish you a happy Pride! 😁

Ever wondered where Pride Month comes from and why it’s celebrated each June? Here’s a bit more history from GLAAD:

The majority of Pride events are held in June to commemorate the anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion in New York City on June 28, 1969, which most historians consider to be the birth of the modern LGBT movement. At the time, police raids on bars catering to LGBT patrons were common, but that night, the patrons of the Stonewall Inn fought back. While historical accounts of the night vary, the violent response ignited a national firestorm of activism that brought new visibility to the struggle for LGBT equality.

June is unofficially recognized as Pride Month by the LGBT community, and many Pride events still occur on the last Sunday in June to commemorate the anniversary of Stonewall. In some places Pride events stretch out over a weekend or an entire week, while in other areas, Pride events occur at different times of the year altogether (particularly in parts of the country where June is especially hot).

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Sean McBride

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Now: @RangeLabs! Previously: @Intercom, @Typekit (@Adobe), @Google, @OlinCollege. Frequently: web, design, code, cocktails, wine, skiing. Married to @sjcary!

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