As you can imagine, moving Pride to a completely remote environment wasn’t as straightforward as we first thought but, if anything, it has been more meaningful and brought us even closer together. The time that we have spent physically apart has highlighted that being together and celebrating is amazing, and of course we miss it, but that’s not what truly matters. Pride is not all about the glitter and celebrations, it’s about how we empower our LGBTQIA+ community to feel comfortable showing up to work every day as their most authentic self, how we support them, and give them the opportunity for their voices to be heard - and guess what? All of that can be done from home!
We adopted the Pride in London 2020 theme ‘You!Me!Us!We!’ for our own Kin + Carta Pride week, with the aim to celebrate those who identify within the LGBTQIA+ community and to focus on educating those who don’t identify on how to be better allies both at work and in their personal lives.
We started by sharing an LGBTQIA+ Reference a Day to a dedicated Pride Slack channel, where we have been looking in more detail about exactly what each letter of LGBTQIA+ stands for. We also ran a Pride flag competition throughout the month of June, asking everyone to design their own flag - the rules were simple, it didn’t have to be a rainbow design, it simply had to represent what makes the individual proud. The winner was picked at our Virtual Pride on 26 June and was chosen by everyone on the call by a live Zoom poll!
The winning design was a cross-stitch question mark, “because although I'm proud, I still find it hard to really put a label on what my sexuality is! It's also such a complex feeling that I think although labels help people, you're never going to be able to articulate exactly that feeling as an LGBT+ person. It's done in cross stitch because it's fiddly and fragile just like sexual identities are.”