Hi Pro Community!
Albert from Thumbtack here again - I hope you have all had a great month so far! I’m excited to continue our conversation on allyship within your business/career and provide you with additional resources to read during this holiday season.
Allyship is beneficial for multiple reasons. It not only protects your LGBTQIA+ peers by showing solidarity to their community, but also allows you to educate peers who may not have a clear knowledge of the LGBTQIA+ community, history, terms, etc. You can read a few articles here on:
How to be an ally in the office
LGBTQIA+ inclusive companies are better at 3 things.
Key dates for lesbian, gay, bi and trans equality
20 LGBTQIA+ people who changed the world.
These articles provide some basic insight into how you can show allyship in your business/career and with your customers. This is a learning process as well. Knowing LGBTQIA+ history can show you ways to continue to support and empower the LGBTQIA+ community.
Allyship can also elevate your customer experience. The second article listed above discusses key findings from a study by the Center for Talent Innovation titled “ Out in the World: Securing LGBT Rights in the Global Marketplace ,” and we thought this was particularly powerful:
“ LGBT-inclusive companies win the business and loyalty of discerning consumers. Seventy-one percent of LGBT respondents and 82% of allies across our multimarket sample say they are more likely to purchase from a company that supports LGBT equality — critical majorities, given that global LGBT buying power is estimated at $3.7 trillion . ” This finding highlights that inclusivity drives further connection and loyalty from your customers.
We now want to hear from you! How do you currently show or plan to show allyship in your business or career?
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Recently 5 members of Proudtacks had the amazing opportunity to travel to Los Angeles and meet with 15 pros to celebrate LGBTQIA+ History Month. One of the Proudtacks members who attended shared their experience!
“A few weeks ago, I was able to go to West Hollywood, CA for a Proudtacks Affinity dinner. We met with a group of pros that are involved with their local LGBTQIA+ community in different ways. They were so grateful and impressed that Thumbtack would organize an event like this for all of us to connect. One pro’s pregnant partner started having contractions as he got to dinner, but he still wanted to meet everyone! Midway through, he got the call that they were headed to the hospital, so he left right away, but was able to take a plate of dessert with him!
It was so cool to hear how each pro built their business - some have been at it for decades, while others were relatively new to it all. They all spoke of how big of an impact Thumbtack has had on their businesses. It was encouraging to know that so many of these pros have been with us through all the changes we’ve had in the past few years and they love the direction we’re going.
We ate at a beautiful restaurant, recommended by one of Thumbtack’s TackMasters, called Yardbird. The dinner was served family style—from buttery biscuits to chicken and waffles—it was fun to get excited about the next course together. Being able to share a meal and such an intimate evening with our pros (who make all of this possible) was an experience I will never forget.”
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Hi Pro Community!
I’m Albert here at Thumbtack! A couple of weeks ago our Proudtacks ERG (Employee Resource Group) wrote an introduction post of our group. We’re back this week to talk about how to be a proactive LGBTQIA+ ally in your own workplace. In a study done by The Human Rights Campaign on understanding the climate of LGBTQIA+ workers, they found that 46% of LGBTQIA+ workers are closeted at work due to the possibility of being stereotyped, losing connections or relationships within the workplace, or to avoid making their co-workers feel uncomfortable, etc. This is a gap we need to continue working on to make our peers feel validated, welcomed, and valued at work.
To better understand allyship it’s important to fully understand that being an ally to your LGBTQIA+ co-workers means supporting the community by advocating for everyone’s right to equality. It means being open-minded, understanding, and conscious of their pronouns, experiences, and the struggles they face in our world. It also includes standing up to homophobia and transphobia in your work environment and educating your co-workers on the dangers of creating a toxic environment to their LGBTQIA+ peers.
A fantastic way of showing allyship in your work environment is to not assume the pronouns or gender identities of your co-workers or their partners. You can do a great deal for the LGBTQIA+ community by being attentive to their pronouns and being open to learning about their lives. This type of awareness can also help your LGBTQIA+ co-workers when standing up for them. When you hear derogatory or offensive language, you should always take a stand against this behavior and educate the individual(s) saying hurtful words on how it negatively impacts the culture of your work environment. Sharing your own knowledge of the LGBTQIA+ culture and championing equal rights can really bring perspective and empathy to the struggles of the community.
By implementing these best practices in your work environment or for your customers, you’re contributing to the movement for equality and fostering a sense of inclusivity at work. Always show your allyship to your LGBTQIA+ peers because you might not know how much it means to us. Speaking from my own experiences, allyship from my colleagues has furthered my career here at Thumbtack because of the safe space and genuine respect I receive from them.
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Hello Pro Community!
My name is Albert and I work alongside my colleague Lauren to co-lead our Salt Lake City chapter of Proudtacks — an employee resource group (ERG) for LGBTQIA+ employees and allies. We’re so excited to bring insight into one of our favorite parts of working at Thumbtack!
Together, we work to help connect the LGBTQIA+ community at Thumbtack. Our mission is to create activities, content, and programming that helps members of our group network and make memories and connections with one another. We also provide support for LGBTQIA+ employees and focus on raising awareness of LGBTQIA+ history and issues. Most recently, we launched our ProudPals program to connect Proudtack employees from all Thumbtack offices via penpalling! It’s been a group effort to cultivate a culture of growth, empowerment, and inclusivity, and it’s an honor to be able to contribute to this group at Thumbtack!
My motivation to join Proudtacks is because I identify as non-binary and pansexual. My personal focus is to help bring light into communities that are less identified and underrepresented. I want people to know that they are not alone and have a family from all types of backgrounds and sub-communities. That’s the best thing about this group - there are so many great people that represent the LGBTQIA+ spectrum! Lauren’s motivation comes from a place of allyship - many of her closest friends identify as LGBTQIA+. This community has made a positive and lasting impact on her life, and she will always continue to give back!
One of the greatest experiences Lauren and I have been a part of was an affinity dinner Proudtacks hosted for LGBTQIA+ pros in Atlanta, Georgia. We brought together 15 pros and Thumbtackers - we had wonderful conversations, shared many laughs and made great connections! We heard many amazing stories (from personal career struggles to great successes) that have continued to push us to connect our pros with each other - our goal is to empower pros in their own line of work. The energy at that dinner made such an impact!
The Proudtacks ERG has been, and continues to be, an important resource for our employees since its inception. Our focus now is to bring the same support to the online Pro Community! In upcoming posts, we will share some best practices for contributing to the LGBTQIA+ community by creating an inclusive culture within your own business! We would also love to hear your stories, suggestions and best practices. We want your voice to be heard and would like you to know that Thumbtack wants to help you and your business by promoting positive practices in the workplace and worldwide. We can’t wait to connect with you!
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