As a company, we strive for inclusivity. We welcome, accept, and respect each of our teammates without any judgment. With that, we celebrated Pride Month and Independence Day for our Filipino Defizens by sharing conversations about what makes these milestones meaningful for them.
June is Pride month.
To the general public, Pride is a celebration of sexual and gender identities. For the LGBTQ+ community, however, it is more than just a celebration.
Pride started out as a protest and a reminder. Even though there have certainly been many victories in the fight against inequality, there is still a lot more work to be done.
Junior 2D Animator, Jehanne, says,
“Both celebrations call for looking back at history so we can see how far we've come, and how much work is still ahead of us. It's easy to feel jaded and lost in the present, so it can at times do some good to see that we have made progress throughout the years.”
In the gaming community, where homophobia and discrimination are still rampant, it helps to know that there are people from the LGBTQ+ community that are successful.
As a company, we strive for inclusivity. We welcome, accept, and respect each of our teammates without any judgment.
According to Junior Writer Marinette,
“Pride month, for me, is a celebration of how far the LGBTQ+ community has come with fighting for our rights. It is a statement that we are here, we are queer, and there should be nothing to fear; we are still people regardless of who we love, no matter what their gender and/or sexuality is.”
Some words from Lead 2D Artist Grace:
“It is during these events that we get to celebrate ourselves and be proud of our own well-being! You are not alone because there are people like you more than you think who can help you be yourself! Happy Pride and Independence Day to Everyone! Love and Peace.”
Even now, communities must continue to acknowledge and work to fight against discrimination. We also need to do our part in unlearning our own biases and prejudices.
There is still a long way to go, but right now we strive to do all we can to make sure we are on the right side of history.