I still remember the first time I celebrated who I am, the first time I felt it was acceptable to be the way I am, and that being me was not a problem. That day I will never forget.
8:30 a.m. – Wake up, shower, shave, brush my teeth, do my hair (super-duper fly for the big weekend), pack my bag and wait for Z to come pick me up.
10:00 a.m. – Z arrives at my house, I hop in her car, roll the windows down and we blast our favorite songs all throughout out 3-hour journey to Kansas City.
1:00 p. m. – Stop for lunch.
1:45 p.m. – Check in at our hotel (our view oversees The Plaza and the beautiful city).
3:00 p.m. – Shopping (got to look fresh for tomorrow).
5:00 p.m. – Dinner and sightseeing.
10:30 p.m. – Get back to the hotel and ready for bed. Tomorrow is the fabulous celebration we’ve been anticipating.
What’s the big event? What’s all the hullabaloo?
It's a time and celebration that comes once a year to honor the fight and struggles of the many battles on a journey for equality. As well as the impact that LGBTQ+ persons have made in the world. A tradition that was born during of one of the most pivotal times in American History and from an event that made headlines, the Stonewall Riots. We’ve come a long way as a country since then, and have a long way yet to go, but if there’s one thing that I’ve learned during my short 24 years on this Earth, it is that love always prevails.
I can remember when I first started here at Best Buy, before we had some system upgrades, that one of the themes employees could choose for their Toolkit Homepage was pride inspired. It was then that I knew that this was where I belonged. Over the years, we’ve offered Pride-themed products such as phone cases, PopSockets, or smartwatch wristbands. Being able to come to work and see that you and your community are represented, valued, and supported is something that makes me proud to be a Blue Shirt.
I’m fortunate to work for such an inclusive company. From my first day over six years ago as a part time Portable Audio Sales Associate, still in high school (and the closet), I knew that Best Buy was different. If it wasn’t the fact that blue was my favorite color, and the color of the company, that made me fall in love with my job, it was the sense of community and comradery that this place fosters for its employees. You can be who you are at Best Buy, and they will support you for it. I understood this before I even realized it.
By definition, pride is a feeling, deep pleasure or satisfaction, derived from one's own achievements, the achievements of those with whom one is closely associated, or from qualities or possessions that are widely admired. There are many things that I am proud of: my friends, my family, humanity. However, for such a long time I was never proud of myself because of who I was. And, for many other LGBTQ+ people out there, that sentiment can be echoed. But, together we are a family that is strong, full of joy, love and support.
That’s why this month is so important – that’s why we celebrate PRIDE.
Best Buy is proud to support the LGBTQ+ community and celebrate Pride with our customers, employees and communities.