Pride Month is a time in the United States where we commemorate the Stonewall riots, which occurred in June 1969. The Stonewall riots were a series of demonstrations by the LGBTQIA+ community, in response to a police raid on June 28, 1969, at the Stonewall Inn, located in Greenwich Village, a neighborhood in New York City.
Because of courageous members of the LGBTQIA+ community, and transgender women like Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera, I and many more have been able to celebrate Pride Month for over five decades.
I’m a proud openly gay man, and the New York City lead of our LGBTQIA+ employee resource group (ERG) Pride@Dataminr. I’ve worked at Dataminr for nearly 3 years and it’s the first company where I feel I’m able to bring my authentic self to work everyday. Our leadership team has made it a priority to show LGBTQIA+ individuals they are appreciated and seen.
Leadership meets with Pride@Dataminr monthly to support initiatives the group is working on, as well as hold discussions on major events happening in the LGBTQIA+ community. On December 1, 2020 actor Elliot Page, formerly Ellen Page, posted a heartfelt message to Instagram saying, "I want to share with you that I am trans, my pronouns are he/they and my name is Elliot.”
After Elliot Page came forward with his powerful truth, Pride@Dataminr and Dataminr leadership met to discuss how best to encourage employees—those who felt comfortable—to use their pronouns in Slack and their email signature. In moments like these, I’m reminded how Dataminr prioritizes its diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) efforts, and quickly adapts to changing needs.
Pride@Dataminr hosts a number of special events to celebrate the LGBTQIA+ community and bring awareness to issues the community still faces.
These Pride@Dataminr events give the entire Dataminr community an opportunity to come together and celebrate the diverse world in which we live and work. However, the work doesn’t stop after Pride Month. Pride@Dataminr and leadership have made a commitment to focus on our diversity, equity and inclusion efforts, and make Dataminr a place where everyone feels at home.
Anthony Dominic is a Content Marketing Writer at Dataminr. Before joining Dataminr, Anthony worked at TMZ for 6 years as a Senior News Producer, breaking some of the biggest news stories in entertainment. He enjoys traveling, trying new recipes in the kitchen and spending time with his dog Roman. Anthony is a graduate of St. John Fisher College in Rochester, New York, where he earned a bachelor's degree in communications and journalism.