Every year when Pride comes around I’m reminded of BKB’s support for the LGBTQ community. I would venture to say a higher than average percentage of the staff at BKB are LGBTQ (a testament to both BKB’s promise of cultural diversity and inclusion), yet it never ceases to amaze me the stance BKB chooses to take every year; one of genuine participation and unwavering support.
Gay or straight. Route setter or CEO. The question is never whether or not we’re going to participate in Pride, but rather an emphatic, “OK, guys! It’s April! How are we going to top last year?!” It’s on our national calendar comparable to the Fourth of July or Thanksgiving and celebrated with just as much, if not more, excitement, enthusiasm, and well, pride.
Working together in what most would still consider a “startup culture” can be tough and frustrating at times — there are a lot of voices to be heard, an abundance of ideas, conflicting opinions, and communication spread over multiple channels, time zones, and schedules. It can be difficult for us all to come together and agree on any one, given decision; however, to bring more light to our declaration of love for this time of year, I can confidently say that when Pride comes up, everyone’s response is, “Yep, I got it!”, “No problem, we can do this!”, or “Excited for this year!” Team members devote their personal time to leading initiatives, marketing managers carefully curate the most unique experiences, and creative design teams come up with new swag to top last year’s, month’s in advance.
All this to try and drive home…Pride is a big deal here at BKB.
As a gay man and a BKB employee, I have to take a step back for a second and appreciate my coworkers and BKB as a whole for rallying behind a great cause that has been a very personal experience my whole, entire life. There is no pretense or agenda behind it. It is truly genuine and subtle in it’s support of me.
Check out below what Pride means to our team nationwide and get OUT to Climb and spread the #bkblove this June. — Tim Ryan, National Events Manager for Brooklyn Boulders