Pride month can be a time full of joy and is a great reminder of so much progress and so many people to be thankful for – but it’s also a reminder that the fight for 2SLGBTQIA+ rights is far from over.
While our community has faced ongoing prejudice, we’ve recently seen a significant increase in hatred, discrimination, and transphobia. With uncertainty, fear, and anti-2SLGBTQIA+ legislation on the rise, it’s a particularly important time to advocate for the community, whether you’re a member or an ally.
We believe that safety and security are basic human rights. These rights extend to everyone, and we can all play a part in making sure they’re protected all year round.
Here’s some of what 1Password is doing to fight for equality and inclusion.
Pride month initiatives
We’re always focused on finding ways to support our 2SLGBTQIA+ team members and the community in tangible, effective ways, and we encourage other businesses who publicly support the 2SLGBTQIA+ community to commit to doing the same!
These are just a few of our Pride initiatives:
- Donations: This year we donated $25,000 to the ACLU on Trans Day of Visibility, and $10,000 to The Trevor Project in honor of Pride month. Additionally, we’re encouraging everyone at 1Password to take part and use some of their allowance on Bonusly, our internal recognition program, to easily donate to The Trevor Project and the ACLU with just a few clicks.
- Making changes to our benefits: Noting the recent rise of transphobia and anti-trans rhetoric, we made the decision earlier this year to extend our benefits coverage to support gender affirmation care and expenses. We’ll also continue to work on new ways to support our transgender team members.
- Pride Employee Resource Group (ERG): 1Password’s Pride ERG represents the interests of 2SLGBTQIA+ team members and supports our diversity and inclusion goals. The group helps create safe spaces, increases awareness around 2SLGBTQIA+ challenges, and advocates for representation in marketing, donations of money and time, and vendor selection.
- Pride month celebrations: Our Pride ERG has planned a variety of events throughout the month to help everyone at 1Password both celebrate and learn about the 2SLGBTQIA+ community. We’re starting with a keynote by Syrus Marcus Ware, a celebrated Canadian 2SLGBTQIA+ artist, activist, educator, and Black Lives Matter – Toronto organizer. He’ll discuss hope and possibility in a changing world, and dreaming into queer futures while understanding our rich pasts.
We’ll also be hosting our first virtual Pride ERG gathering, playing a fun and informative trivia challenge around 2SLGBTQIA+ pop culture and history, and watching 1999’s But I’m a Cheerleader together.
Finally, as the Pride ERG executive sponsor, I’ll be hosting an AMA (Ask Me Anything) centered around creating safe spaces to share with 2SLGBTQIA+ colleagues.
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging initiatives
Last year, we worked to formalize our internal Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB) program named Strong, Unique Voices. We’re building on this work with the launch of our DEIB Council, a cross-functional group that helps steer DEIB at 1Password and keeps us accountable. This includes mentorships and ERGs, along with tracking and reporting on the outcomes of our diversity strategies.
Our Talent Acquisition team is continuing to work on ensuring that all of our candidates have the same fair and positive experience. This includes partnering or working with ReadySet, SheGeeksOut, and POCIT, conducting training on inclusive hiring, and sourcing applications from underrepresented communities in tech, including 2SLGBTQIA+.
1Password’s commitment to the community
Pride is a time to reflect on the progress our community has made, celebrate diversity, and continue the fight for equality. By embracing our history, advocating for change, and fostering inclusivity, we can create a world where every 2SLGBTQIA+ person can live authentically and with pride.
1Password is made up of real people who genuinely care about your security – and not just online. Safety is a human right for everyone. That includes every 2SLGBTQIA+ person who works with us or uses 1Password to protect their passwords and digital lives. We’re here for you.
Let’s stand together, uplift each other, and protect everyone’s human rights. Happy Pride! 🏳️🌈 🏳️⚧️