Pride month is held in the U.S. each June in remembrance of the Stonewall Riots in 1969. We celebrate Pride in recognition of the strides LGBTQ+ individuals have made throughout history and continue to support our community and generations to come. This month members from LGBTQ+@Doximity, an Employee Resource Group (ERG) dedicated to LGBTQ+ Doxers and allies, are coming together to answer questions on topics surrounding Pride!
Vincent Myers, Medical Content Strategist
The path toward accepting and embracing my sexuality has been a winding one, so naturally, my relationship with Pride has changed over the years. I certainly grew up in a world that was more accepting than those who came before me, however, I still struggled in my own ways. I think what’s important about Pride month and its associated events is that they offer folks in the community an opportunity to connect with those whom they may not encounter in their day-to-day lives - individuals with different perspectives and experiences. And, while that was scary to me in the formative years of my gay journey, I now embrace the uniqueness within the LGBTQ+ community. At my first Pride celebration, I was timid and shy, however, now that I’m more comfortable with my sexuality, I love meeting new people and feel that I may be able to offer insight to them on their journeys, while still continuing to grow and learn myself. The path isn’t always direct or easy, but Pride unites us, and that is something truly special.
Crystal Salcedo, Senior Mobile QA Engineer
I’m not one to wear the rainbow flag from head to toe so I express my Pride through my personality and style. Pride means being true to yourself regardless if that’s in or out of the closet. For me, I feel powerful (and cute) after putting together pieces of clothing meant for the opposite sex and making it MINE. There will be people along the way that will try to rain on your parade, but consistently having Pride in who you ARE is key. Do whatever makes you smile and the most comfortable in your skin. You own it, no one else does.
Russell Gabbedy, Senior Editor
I have a rollercoaster of emotions during Pride month. Growing up during a time when you were constantly told that being gay was wrong, Pride never came naturally to me. Shame did. As a young adult all I wanted was to blend into society and be normal. But Pride month helped me to slowly realize that I didn’t need to hide. And I was valid. Sure, the parades, music, and dancing is fun. But I consider those the sparkly Pride accessories (think earrings, heels, and a clutch), it ain't the whole outfit. Most importantly June serves as a valuable reminder that people before me put themselves on the line so we don’t need to hide anymore. I feel like I’ve had it easy in the grand scheme of things, so for me, Pride is about uniting to help and support those who are still fighting to be themselves.
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