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What does Pride mean to the ProdPad team?

June 14, 2019

Team News & Events

LGBTQIA+ celebrations, during Pride Month, are typically oozing with glitter, rainbows and colorful street parties. But, behind this (perfectly contoured) mask of festivities, the reason for Pride has not changed, since the first march in 1970.

How proud is ProdPad?

ProdPad is proud to be part of the LGBTQIA+ community’s fight for equality. We recognize that Pride Month is still relevant in 2019. To show our support, and to celebrate this important event, we’ve asked members of the ProdPad family what Pride means to them.

Here’s what they had to say:

Janna Bastow. Co-founder and CEO at ProdPad

“Pride is a lens on humanity’s progress. It reminds us of how far we’ve come, and provides hope for closing the gap in the future. ProdPad simply wouldn’t be possible where Pride isn’t possible, because a company *is* its people, and ProdPad people have Pride. 

We celebrate Pride freely and proudly here at ProdPad, and lend our full support to the LGBTQIA+ community. Stay safe, stay proud, and know that you are loved.”

Kavan Webb. Product Designer at ProdPad.

“It has been amazing to see Pride get bigger, showing greater acceptance of the LGBTQIA+ communities every year.  Unfortunately, you only have to look at the news to see that this level of love and acceptance is not entirely commonplace. There is still much work to do to ensure that people are free to be and do whatever they want to with their lives.

Love is love. Happy Pride everyone!”

Fleur Hosken. Senior Marketing Manager at ProdPad.

“Pride is a wonderful time to show support as an ally, express yourself and celebrate every spectrum of our wonderfully diverse society no matter where you land on it. Love trumps hate every time so get involved.

Find out how you can support your local communities and lend your voice in the fight to stop the oppression of the global LGBTQIA+ communities in countries where it’s still illegal to be yourself.”

Liz Love. Chief Customer Officer at ProdPad.

“To me, Pride is an opportunity to hear and see more about the LGBTQIA+ community, and learn how I can be supportive of them in their fight for recognition and support. 

Intolerance can come from a lack of understanding. I’m hopeful that Pride reduces the levels of intolerance in the world.”

Matt Payne. Marketing Manager at ProdPad.

“Pride inspires people to be themselves, pays respect to the generations before us – who fought for equality, and provides hope to areas of the world where identifying as LGBTQIA+ is still illegal. 

This month will always be a time to celebrate. But, let’s be aware that there is still a long way to go! Happy Pride everyone, stay safe and fabulous.”

Danielle Vautier. Team Lead and UI Developer.

“I’m lucky to live in the very open city of Brighton where the majority of people are proud to support the LGBTQIA+ community. 

To me Pride is about raising awareness. Let’s move towards more acceptance in lesser supportive communities where people aren’t treated as equals.”

Will Newmarch

“Pride is about blurring the lines that society draws, ignoring the categories we have all been pigeonholed into, and celebrating the love and compassion we naturally feel for each other.

None of us were born to hate. Pride is a time to remember this, and to rejoice as individuals.”

Maneesha Silva. Marketing Executive at ProdPad.

“For me, Pride is just that beautiful time of year where we show our support, our love and our respect for the LGBTQIA+ community in all it’s glory! Celebrate your right to be yourself and fight for others that just aren’t able to. Kindness and understanding go a long way.

It’s ridiculous that intolerance towards these communities still exist, but we can only chip away at it together.” 

“Pride, to me, is a time to celebrate being yourself, without prejudice. It’s disheartening that it’s 2019 & there’s still so much hate in the world, but Pride reminds you that it doesn’t have to be like that. We can support and enjoy individuality & have a safe space for self-expression.

It’s also important to remember what has come before. Let’s not forget the intolerance and persecution, because that stops us going backwards.”

We wish everyone a safe and happy Pride, and remember: love is love.

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