To celebrate Pride month, Networked Insights is hosting Chicago’s Queer Tech Club, Tuesday, June 20th. I am really excited to invite the community into the Networked Insights offices. I mean what can be more fun than getting the LGBTQ community (and allies) together to talk geek?
This year more than most I have been reflecting on what the concept of Pride means to me. In the beginning, Pride was an event. A place I would go to be among a group of people where I could be my authentic self.
I still remember the thrill I had when I slapped an equality sticker on my rear bike fender after my first pride. I was not out yet, but I felt empowered to let the world know. Of course, no one noticed. But I was beaming with a sense of self-acceptance and knowing I had a place to belong.
To me that is what pride means and what we here are Networked Insights try to achieve for our colleagues. We create an environment where people can be their authentic selves. We support and encourage our colleagues to be the best they can be.
I love watching when people join who may have come from more conservative situations, and they bring their partner to an event for the first time.
Sure, maybe the world has gotten more accepting, but the journey to knowing who you are and sharing that with the world is still not easy. And if we at Networked Insights can just help one person beam with pride like I did so many years ago, then I feel like we are doing something right.
Queer Tech Club Meetup
Tuesday, June 20, 20176:00 P.M.
350 N. Orleans St., Suite 850
Chicago, IL 60654