Pride Month: Motivated by courage, inspired for change

Each June, Pride Month is celebrated to recognize the accomplishments and contributions of our LGBTQIA+ friends, family, and colleagues. Today, June 28, 2021, is Pride Day, marking 51 years since the first Pride Parade in New York City, which was observed on the one-year anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising. As we honor the LGBTQIA+ community this month, we also remember the inequality and injustice that the LGBTQIA+ community has faced over the years, and presently, in order to freely live as their true selves, without fear.

Though we've made progress in recent decades, we still have a long way to go in order to achieve full equality. By educating ourselves, listening, confronting our own biases, and working together, we can drive change and acceptance, put an end to discrimination, and ensure a future generation of open minds and hearts.

At ICE Mortgage Technology, we proudly stand in solidarity with the global LGBTQIA+ community and are dedicated to creating a culture that welcomes and values diversity, inclusion, and acceptance for all people. We encourage our teammates to share their viewpoints and have open, crucial conversations, not only during Pride month, but at any time during the year. Earlier this month, we hosted Dr. Lueshen, Diversity Consultant and Co-founder of LGBT Sportsafe Inclusion program to discuss the importance of inclusion, allyship, and authentic living, both in the workplace and in everyday life. And we are proud of our teammates at the New York Stock Exchange for inviting The Trevor Project to ring the NYSE Opening Bell a couple of weeks ago as a global show of support for the LBGTQIA+ community.

When reflecting on what Pride means to us, everyone’s experience is important and should be heard. Our own David Lewis, VP of Client Success, shares his thoughts on what Pride means to him:

When you have never been “different” growing up, if you always fit the “norm” of society, it is hard to understand what it is like to not live your true self. Every image on TV, movies, billboards, magazines, all showing images of men and women being affectionate, holding hands, and/or married. All the while knowing that can’t be you. You don’t see anything like you out there so something must be wrong with you.

I hope the next time you see a news clip about Pride and wonder why there are people dressed up in crazy costumes or wonder why “those” people celebrate too much, my story might cause you to pause. Perhaps see the beauty in each and every person knowing that we all have our journeys in this life. The more love and understanding that we can spread, the better we all are in this world.

We invite you to join us as we recognize Pride Month, not just as a celebration of self-worth and representation, but as an opportunity to work together to achieve equality.

To learn more about the history of Pride and what you can do to lend support, visit these links:

LGBTQIA+ Studies: A Resource Guide at LOC.gov
LGBTQIA+ Resource List at GLAAD.org

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