Happy Pride, y'all!
Here at Queen of To Do we believe showing support for marginalized communities, including the LGBTQIA2S+ community, should take place all year. As a small business experiencing rapid growth, we are still working on implementing some of our diversity and inclusion initiatives, but we thought now would be a good time to talk about what we are doing and where we’d like to be in the next few months.
First, we are big on respecting pronouns and we make that known before new applicants have even submitted their resume. We found that including a question about the applicant’s pronouns goes a long way to understanding how good of a culture fit they’ll be for our team, while also signaling that we are a safe space for people who are otherwise marginalized. This has meant that we’ve occasionally had our job opportunities shared in local LGBTQIA2S+ spaces, which we appreciate!
We recognize that Pride is (unfortunately) political. We give our employees paid time off to vote in all elections because local races have a direct impact on our lives, especially with regard to safety and inclusion in our schools and neighborhoods. We also strongly prefer to do business with companies who hold the same values we do, and we spend the time to figure out who they are.
For Pride this month we’re giving our employees paid time off to volunteer for nonprofit organizations in their communities.
Our Client Welcome Packet, Employee Handbook and upcoming Contractor Agreement contain strong wording about our zero-tolerance policy for homophobic, transphobic, racist, or other hateful language. We won’t hesitate to protect our employees in any instance where a fellow employee, client, or vendor says something inappropriate to them, and encourage other service providers to do the same.
We will be donating a portion of our profits during Pride month to the ACLU to support their fight against the incredibly harmful anti-trans policies of Texas Conservative lawmakers.
We vow to continue to find ways to support marginalized communities, both during Pride Month and beyond because it is the right thing to do.