Cornell Martin

A world of change

Celebrating Pride with stories of empathy and inclusion

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It seems like the world we knew at the start of 2020 has completely changed in just a few short months. Amid a pandemic, physical separation, and large scale social unrest, enduring the day-to-day can be a herculean effort. Whether it's escaping into the confines of "work as usual" for some or struggling to deal with new realities for most, stress levels are through the roof compared to last year.

It's understandable if we forget to smile or feel hopeful. But it’s also important to remember that we’re not alone in this.

So this year, we wanted to celebrate Pride differently. Many of us, in the LGBTQ+ community, especially queer people of color, feel unusually heavy this time around. But we find that what often fights off loneliness and brings humanity together are stories about connection. Tales of lessons learned, mistakes made, and hearts expanded can help to shine a light in dark times.

Stories are at the center of every movement, and inspire generations to act together and change. Our stories reflect where we want to be and who we want to be as human beings.

And without further ado, here are our stories of resilience, inclusion, and growth.

Happy Pride,

The Range Team

The vignettes:

Haven't we always known ourselves?
Haven't we always known ourselves?
Michael shares a story about self-discovery and empowerment. Read the story.
Inspiration near and far
Inspiration near and far
Nick shares a story about finding inspiration in friendship. Read the story.
Big city kid in rural America
Big city kid in rural America
Cornell shares a story about becoming a trans ally in an unlikely place. Read the story.
Pride, pandemic, and protest
Pride, pandemic, and protest
Sean shares a story about self-reflection and finding new ways to honor pride. Read the story.
Small town Georgia
Small town Georgia
Jen shares a story about learning from the past to make changes in the present. Read the story.
Unspoken realities
Unspoken realities
Dan shares a story about his experiences with classism and how it taught him empathy. Read the story.

Check out our 2019 post about celebrating Pride at work.

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