June is Pride Month, and rainbow flags are flying! Pride Month is much more than just pretty colors and happy times; it’s about LGBTQ people (which stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer) and how they have had to fight to be accepted for who they are and overcome prejudice.
Everyone deserves to be accepted for exactly who they are, and it is heartbreaking that anyone who identifies as LGBTQ could face misunderstanding or a lack of acceptance for simply being who they are.
Pride Month is a perfect opportunity for you to show support for LGBTQ people and to be educated. Pride Month is all about creating an inclusive community, an inclusive world. It’s about helping everyone feel less alone and helping everyone to feel comfortable being exactly who they are. That’s just something we all need to support.
The tech world is unfortunately notorious for discrimination and is deep rooted in an old boys’ club mentality. It makes me excited, happy, and proud to see that there are tech companies striving to fix that. Here’s how major tech companies are celebrating Pride Month, below!
In honor of Pride Month, Apple is selling rainbow bands for their Apple Watches. On their website, they say:
“Apple is proud to support LGBTQ advocacy organizations working to bring about positive change, including GLSEN, PFLAG, The Trevor Project, Gender Spectrum, and The National Center for Transgender Equality in the U.S., and ILGA internationally. A portion of the proceeds from Pride Edition band sales will benefit their important efforts.”
You can get one of their rainbow wristbands for $49 on Apple’s website!
Facebook has released themed stickers for Pride Month that you can use in messenger.
A Facebook rep told Buzzfeed that:
“We see this as one more way we can make Facebook a place where people can express their authentic identity.”
AT&T is celebrating Pride Month by donating a million dollars to the Trevor Project.
The Trevor Project provides suicide prevention and crisis intervention to LGBTQ youth.
“We’re proud to continue our longstanding tradition of inclusiveness through our relationship with The Trevor Project,” Charlene Lake, the Senior VP of corporate social responsibility for AT&T said in a press release.
“In addition to our financial support, we’re bringing the power of our people and our technology to help Trevor continue expanding its mission to serve the LGBTQ community.”
For Pride Month, Instagram surprised five young leaders in the LGBTQ community with the opportunity to meet their role models. Their video series the released around this surprise is so inspiring and it’s definitely going to make you cry so grab your tissues.
“Instagram is a home for diverse youth activism and expression,” Instagram said in a press release.
“To help knit the community closer together, we gathered together five young leaders from the LGBTQ+ community in real life and surprised them with their role models for a conversation about their lives, their work and how they inspire people to be open and connect with others.”