Inside Shogun

🌈 Honoring and Celebrating Pride 2022: A Shogie Roundtable Q&A

June 17, 2022

Pride is all about unapologetically being you and celebrating that uniqueness. It’s about being your true self in all aspects of life. 

To celebrate Pride, we asked a few of our LGBTQIA+ Shogies to share what Pride means to them, what being your true self means in and outside of the workplace, and more in this roundtable-style Shogie Q&A.

Happy Pride! 🌈

What does pride mean to you?

Jacqueline Silva, Senior Marketing Designer: To me it means feeling like I can express myself fully and don't need to hide certain aspects of my identity to make others feel comfortable.

Leah Boyle, UX Research Coordinator: A time to remember those who went through so much to fight for our rights so we can now live as our authentic selves without as much worry of persecution!

Karl Jones, Technical Support Manager: Pride to me is being proud of who you are, but also taking time to acknowledge the issues that are ongoing in the community. It's an opportunity to educate, celebrate all the differences that bring the LGBTQIA+ community together, and to use our voice for those who may not be able to.

Lynsey Cawdle, Technical Support Specialist II: When I was 19 I decided to get my first tattoo: the word “acceptance” on my wrist. I saw too much hate around me in the world for no reason. Pride to me is about acceptance of both yourself and of others.

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What does it mean to show up authentically in the workplace?

JS: It's important to me that I bring my perspective as a queer person to my work. Since I work in marketing, I have a big influence on what imagery we use on our website and social channels. I want to make sure that we have diverse, intersectional representation when using photos or illustrations of people.

LB: Dressing in a way that is both professional and comfortable for me and not having to conform to how people expect a woman to dress or look.

KJ: Showing up authentically means being able to show my true self without having to hold back in fear of retaliation or damaging my work relationships.

LC: It means you don't have to be afraid to be yourself.

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How have you felt welcome to be your true self at Shogun?

JS: Shogun emphasizes taking the time to know coworkers personally and talk about life outside of work. I love getting to hear about my teammates' weekend plans or their loved ones. Because we care about each other as people and not just designers, I feel comfortable being myself and sharing stories about my girlfriend or my favorite lesbian reality tv show.

LB: My fellow Shogies have never made me feel like I am in any way different. This has always been huge for me! I can talk about my girlfriend when others are speaking about their own partners without worry.

KJ: Not needing to feel defensive or hiding my true self is one of the things I really appreciate about Shogun. From day one, I've always felt comfortable being my true self. This has developed further into the organization acknowledging Pride month internally and leading internal events.

LC: I don't really have a LGBTQ2S+ community and when the Pride channel [in Shogun’s company Slack] popped up, I was overjoyed! It offered me a community within the already lovely Shogun community. It wasn't something I was expecting in the workplace so I was very happy to see the acceptance at Shogun.

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Is there a movie or artist you wish everyone would watch/listen to to help learn about the LGBTQIA+ community?

JS: Disclosure is an excellent documentary about the portrayal of trans people in film and TV. Highly recommend!

LB: A video that hit me hard would be a coming out video by a YouTuber I love: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qpipLfMiaYU Something I love to watch also would be the Episode of Black Mirror: San Junipero just because it's a wonderful love story.

KJ: Paris is Burning & Hedwig and the Angry Inch.

LC: A Secret Love (imdb: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt3260524/

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