VP of Brand, Product & Community, Tue Le, shares an update on Remote Years continued commitment program diversity, acceptance, and safety, within the LGBTQ+ community.
June marks Pride Month, the anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall riots where the LGBTQ+ community resisted against police harassment and brutality and inspired a movement throughout the world that would continue decades later.
Throughout our company’s history, Remote Year has constantly reflected on the discrimination, violence, and injustice that has plagued our society for centuries and how we can leverage our platform in creating better global citizens and, in turn, a better world. While we recognize that there is still so much left to accomplish, we have focused on doing our part in the following ways:
1. Increase LGBTQ+ representation on our global travel programs
2. Create a safe environment for our LGBTQ+ community from the start
3. Train our staff and participants
4. Create thoughtful experiences with an LGBTQ+ focus in each RY destination
5. Foster LGBTQ+ connections and resources for Remotes throughout their travels
For the last 6 years, Remote Year has been the most trusted platform for remote working and learning globally. We have taken thousands of people to the most inspiring locations on the planet and helped our participants connect with each other and the local communities that we visit.
We have been touched by the personal stories of change and transformation on our programs. We have had people who felt comfortable and safe enough to come out for the first time while on our programs. Some came out for the first time to families and friends back home with the support of their RY community. Some met, got engaged, or married their same sex significant others on our programs. We've been incredibly honored to be a part of these life-changing moments.
At Remote Year, we have always been about community and about the collective impact that happens when we put incredible people together. Imagine the world we could live in if we channeled that collective energy towards making a real, positive impact for LGBTQ+ communities around the globe, starting with each RY program.
As we head into the second half of Pride Month, this message serves as our recommitment to uphold our values, mission, and promise to amplify underrepresented voices at every step. We are proud to do our part to continually evaluate, advance our efforts, and hold ourselves accountable to make even more of an impact for underrepresented and marginalized communities, including LGBTQ+. We welcome our community and the rest of the world in joining us in our efforts in this important journey.
VP of Brand, Product & Community