As you may or may not be aware, June is Pride month!
Pride is a time to celebrate the LGBTQIA+ community and to remember that people and love exists in many different forms.
If you didn't know, LGBTQIA+ is an acronym representing the most common identities and sexualities in the queer community including (but not limited to): lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning, intersex, and asexual/aromantic. The "+" at the end represents all of the other possible ways someone may identify. Commonly the acronym is shortened to just LGBT.
Pride month is a reminder that we need to continue working towards inclusion, safety, equality, and rights for all, and is a time to stop and remember those people who have (intentionally or otherwise) sacrificed any amount towards those goals. There is still a lot of work to be done, and with recent events in Florida, Texas, and North Carolina, we're reminded that LGBT rights are actively under attack in the United States.
If you follow any professional disc golfers or the PDGA, you may have heard about Natalie Ryan's recent participation (and success) in tournaments, and about Thomas Gilbert publicly coming out a few months ago. As I've stated on the banner at the top of the Peak Discs website, I fully support Natalie Ryan, Thomas Gilbert, and the entire LGBT community. Not everyone in the disc golf community does, but I believe being outspoken and showing support is the first step in helping to promote positive change.
As a member of the LGBT community myself, this is an immensely important and personal subject. My goal is to show support and find ways for Peak Discs to foster positive change, and to do so without using it as a means of cheap, insincere marketing or as an easy money-grab (rainbow-washing is a big problem this time of year).
If you're subscribed to the Peak Discs email list, please watch for future messages with news regarding any campaigns, events, or other projects that will be oriented towards supporting the LGBTQIA+ community, both in and out of disc golf.
I'm sure that my stance will be polarizing and I fully expect to lose email subscribers and future customers who don't like my support or inclusion in the LGBT community. However, if that also means that someone out there knows that I'm an ally and that they're not alone, then it's my belief that that's worth more than any potential business that I may lose as a result. I believe that companies showing sincere support and being outspoken in their stance on topics such as this is important; hence, this message.
Thanks for reading :)