I want to celebrate Pride month. I run a small SMB recruiting shop. I’m not even sure I have an LGBTIQA+ person working for me. I mean, I wouldn’t ask, I would hope they were comfortable enough to share if they wanted, but I can’t tell you 100% either way. They would have my support, is what I’m saying.
You see, it’s clumsy for me, and I like to consider myself an ally of the LGBTIQA+ community. Imagine what it’s like for other SMB leaders who don’t have the experience and support easily available.
If I worked for a large/enterprise company I think it’s easy to celebrate Pride month. You know if you have hundreds and thousands of employees, you definitely have some LGBTIQA+ working for you and applying to your jobs, and you want to show them support.
If you’re an SMB it’s a bit harder to determine how to celebrate.
I’ve already seen at least a dozen blog posts from large employers saying how you should or how they will be celebrating Pride month. It’s awesome stuff like:
- Attend a Pride event.
- Volunteer or Donate to Pride causes.
- Be an advocate.
- Educate yourself (I love this one!).
- Consider your company’s LGBTIQA+ inclusivity.
- Become an Ally.
Most companies in the U.S. are SMB. I was in New York City this past week and I’m going back next week and Pride month is alive and well in NYC! As it is in most large cities around the country.
If you come to small to midsized cities in most parts of the U.S. you would have no idea it’s Pride month. It’s just June.
So, what can SMB organizations do to celebrate Pride month? (please share your ideas in the comments!)
- You could raise the flag. Does your company have a flag pole? In June, fly the rainbow flag with pride.
- Hold an inclusivity event. Pride month is as much about celebrating as it’s about educating. We still have so much education to do.
- Establish Inclusivity Policies. The majority of SMB employers do not have inclusivity policies.
- Encourage your employees to show support. Have a day where you all wear signs of support – pins, LGBT themed clothing, etc.
- Collect donations for a local LGBTIQA+ charity.
All of this does something in your community. It shows them what and who you value. You are taking a stance that you are inclusive for everyone in your community and welcoming.
I’m no expert. I’m just a dude running a small company who wants to support Pride month. I won’t get it 100% right, not even close, but I’m going to start and try.