Pride 2017: Beyond Food, Fun, and Famous People

Stand Up For What You Believe In,
Even If It Means Standing Alone.
- Anonymous

In the early morning hours of June 28, 1969, a group of mostly young LGBTQ people of color were among a few brave enough to stand up for what they believed in - their liberation from being policed and shamed for who they were and who they loved. Today we refer to this event as the Stonewall Riots - a watershed moment that has led to the struggle for LGBTQ social justice.

Those who participated in the Stonewall Riots gave courage to LGBTQ people to live unapologetically authentic lives without shame, only pride. Stonewall Veterans inspired a global movement that continues to shatter limitations placed upon LGBTQ people and communities. Every June we commemorate what took place nearly half a century ago through celebrating our pride. 

While the world continues to become more welcoming for LGBTQ people, some of the same problems experienced by Stonewall Veterans still haunt LGBTQ communities today: family & religious rejection, police brutality, racism, sexism, transphobia, and employment discrimination. Here at RPC, we are deeply committed to addressing the challenges of employment discrimination by helping business leaders create LGBTQ inclusive workplaces, and supporting out entrepreneurs create the workplaces of their dreams. 

If you're committed to tackling the challenges of LGBTQ employment discrimination, and expanding economic empowerment opportunities, check out some of the RPC resources & opportunities below:        

  • Communicate the LGBTQ Business Case. Do you want to more effectively communicate why LGBTQ diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) matter to the future of your organization, but find yourself struggling with what to say and how to begin the conversation with your team? If you said yes, consider joining the next RPC free webinar, Leadership Conversations: Communicating the LGBTQ Business Case, on Thursday, August 31 at 11:00 am Pacific/2:00 pm Eastern. Be sure to register today, and don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity!                                                                                                                                
  • New Report: Addressing Trans Violence. In February, RPC facilitated a multi-day think group session in New Orleans for transgender and non-binary (TNB) leaders and the Arcus Foundation. The purpose of the event was to gain a better understanding of the types of violence and discrimination endured by TNB people and communities, and to inform and encourage the philanthropic community to move resources to trans-led and trans-focused organizations and programs dedicated to responding and limiting this violence. If you know of funders who may have an interest in learning about these efforts, please share the report.                                                                                                      
  • The Out Entrepreneur. If you are a LGBTQ entrepreneur, or on your way to becoming one, tune into my weekly podcast, The Out Entrepreneur, and gain free mentorship from some of the 1.4 million out bosses crushing it in business. With almost 30 episodes available,The Out Entrepreneur offers weekly doses of courage and inspiration, helping entrepreneurs of all stripes navigate how they can bring their authentic selves to their work, and how they can build the workplaces of their dreams. Tune into the show today by subscribing on iTunes, and consider leaving a rating and review.                                                                                                                                                                        
  • Gain a Mentor During LGBTQ History Month. This October, consider joining a growing network of executive, human resources, and diversity professionals by participating in the LGBTQ A-Z Certification Program. The program offers individual and group mentorship for professionals who desire to transform their workplace cultures into ones that are more inclusive of LGBTQ stakeholders. With a proven system, participants learn how to eliminate overwhelm and confusion by clarifying the basics of what's required to manage and sustain culture change initiatives. The next offering of this program kicks off on Monday, October 2. Save your seat by enrolling today.

Should you need guidance or support along the way - whether in creating a more LGBTQ inclusive organization, or building the workplace of your dreams - please reach out and schedule a 30-minute consult.

Rhodes Perry

Rhodes Perry is a nationally recognized expert on LGBTQ and social justice public policy matters, with two decades of leadership experience innovating strategy management, policy and program solutions for corporations, government agencies, and non-profit organizations. At his core, Rhodes is an entrepreneur, where he most recently established Rhodes Perry Consulting, LLC, a national diversity and inclusion consulting firm that uses an intersectional approach to collaborate with leaders on creating solutions in the practice areas of strategy management, issue advocacy, and stakeholder engagement. Previously, Rhodes founded the Office of LGBTQ Policy & Practice at the New York City Administration for Children’s Services, and prior to this assignment he served as the founding Director of Policy at PFLAG National where he led the policy strategy and advocacy efforts for the organization’s 350 chapters. He cut his teeth serving as a Program Examiner at the White House Office of Management & Budget, where he improved upon federal benefit programs designed to provide assistance to low-income communities. Rhodes earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Gender Studies from the University of Notre Dame, and obtained a Master of Public Administration from New York University.