“Hi folks! My name is Reid, and my pronouns are they/them.” That was the opening sentence from my introduction email when I got hired as a Client Support Associate at Curalate earlier this year. I wasn’t sure how the casual pronoun drop would go. . . Before transitioning into the tech sector, I had another work-life in higher education student services, where sharing pronouns was the status quo. But a tech startup?
Here’s the the great thing – Curalate just happens to be filled with awesome people who care about striving for inclusion! There were allies from day one who not only used my correct pronouns, but reached out to ask me how they could better support me and future gender non-conforming Curalaters!
Support Means Action
Other than being generally fantastic humans, the Curafam is taking concrete actions to build out a more inclusive culture.
1 – Starting a Womxn@PD group, creating space for women, trans, and non-binary folx to come together and support one another professionally and personally. We just sent our first contingent from the group to the annual Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing in Houston!
2 – Incorporating pronoun visibility into hiring processes, asking candidates what name and pronouns they would like us to use during their interview loop – and equally important, sharing our own pronouns!
3 – Redesigning our business cards and email signatures to include pronouns. The purple on those cards really pops – but it’s the intentionality of being an ally that stands out even more!
Pronoun visibility isn’t the end-all solution for gender inclusive workspaces, and here at Curalate, we’re still engaged in a process of being better – not just for non-binary and trans people, but for everyone. It’s not about being perfect, or getting it right every time. It’s about showing up for each other!
That’s why I’m proud to say, “Hi, I’m Reid. My pronouns are they/them, and I work at Curalate!”