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PROMOTION DESCRIPTION: The Stonewall Day 2021 "Introduce George Takei at Stonewall Day" Contest (the "Contest") begins on or about February 14, 2021, at 12:01 a.m. Eastern Time ("ET") and ends on March 13, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. ET (the "Promotion Period"). At the end of the Promotion Period, a random drawing will be conducted to select one (1) winner of a Grand Prize. Entry in the Contest does not constitute entry into any other promotion, contest or sweepstakes. By participating in the Contest, each entrant unconditionally accepts and agrees to comply with and abide by these Official Rules and the decisions of Pride Live Inc. Gantry Park Landing, 2-14 50th Avenue, PH2W, Long Island City, NY 11101 ("Sponsor"), which shall be final and binding in all respects.
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How would you like to work in a closet? Stuffy air, not enough light… We've all learned what it means to have to "make do" in less than desirable spaces during the coronavirus shutdowns, but for many transgender people, this discomfort is nothing new.
Andrea Breanna is working to change that.
She founded the highly successful strategic agency and content management system, RebelMouse, before coming out as a transgender lesbian. She believes her coming out story is imperative to the company's success.
"[RebelMouse] did a survey," Andrea tells us, "One of the questions is, 'How safe do you feel being you?' And it was 100%. And I think that's [a] beautiful thing... I should never have hidden it. I never should've stayed in the closet."
Andrea often stresses the suffocation imposed by the closet on individuals and the stagnation it sets on businesses.
"I think the most important impact RebelMouse can have is to inspire young people to help fight back the dark cloak of fear that makes them keep their lives in the closet. I hope our leaders inspire other leaders in other companies to create the types of safe environments that someone could come out and thrive in."
When it comes to representation of her trans peers in tech, she makes a distinction:
"I am less moved, motivated, and inspired by those who have achieved 'visible success' than by those who are struggling against the odds and making it."
Dr. Kortney Ziegler
Dr. Ziegler is of the people Andrea describes. After earning his Ph.D., he founded Trans*H4CK in 2013. The organization was devoted to creating a space for trans people in the California Bay Area's tech sphere.
"I finished my Ph.D. in 2011," he told us, "And it was really difficult for me to find a job. I know this is for LGBT folks, so I'm trans, and I'm really out about my identity. I had an interesting struggle trying to find employment. I ran up against... a lot of anti-trans discrimination. I needed to figure out what to do to not lose my home and my car and all those things that I had at the moment."
Inspired by the tech scene but stalled by the lack of representation, that's when he thought of Trans*H4CK.
"If I can't find a job, I know people who don't have my credentials are probably in way worse situations. So what can I do to kind of leverage being in the tech space and also figuring out how I can use that to help other people to find jobs? So Trans*H4CK was launched as a response to really build technology to make it easier for trans people to sustain our lives."
Trans*H4CK, though no longer in full operation, launched discussions that have since gone on to make the tech sphere a far more inclusive place than it was in 2013 when Ziegler first formed the organization.
"We've been able to really shift the ways that not only smaller folks in tech, but how larger tech organizations operate, as well as helping folks to make their companies more trans-inclusive and respect[ful to] trans people."
The smallest displays of support can build a network that's ultimately life-saving.
"Even if there are no trans employees," Andrea says, "finding a reason to share a story, to put a trans flag up, because it's Pride Month, and if you're a straight CEO and say nothing, you're causing a great deal of pain. And it's one of these moments where it doesn't take a lot, just takes this quick moment of finding some news story to share, something to put in the office or putting it in your signature."
Dr. Ziegler echoes the importance of creating a safe, supportive work environment:
"[M]aking companies inclusive, making people feel safe, adding policies for trans people in the employment policy, making bathrooms safe. I think that there are a number of things that the presence of an organization like Trans*H4CK has contributed to this space."
Andrea Breanna and RebelMouse's success continues to expand with over 55 employees in 26 countries, all of whom work from home. A key to this success in RebelMouse's endeavors and environment has been emphasizing its employees' happiness and personal stability.
"The way we think about it is that there is no such thing as a business decision. It's always a personal decision. And when you put your own personal happiness first in the decision tree, a lot of magical things happen. We, for some reason, tend to put happiness last. Happiness is the most important measure of our lives," Andrea says.
Last year, a poll of 7,000 LGBTQ tech employees in Silicon Valley asked if they'd experienced homophobic harassment at work. 40% said yes.
But while that number is disheartening, the report made no mention of what the makeup of that percentile was.
Leanne Pittsford has an idea on how to address that.
After getting her master's in equity and social justice, Pittsford wanted to continue her work in LGBTQ activism. She began that work with Equality California. While there, she helped overturn the same-sex marriage ban in California but saw the win as bittersweet:
"I was managing the data in the campaign. I had a front-row to the sexism and the inequality that was even happening in the LGBTQ space everywhere I went. I worked in the Castro every day and I saw very few women. We did events and we tried to get women to be a part of the campaign. And not to say there weren't some incredible women, but every time you'd go to an event, every time we hosted our event, it would be somewhere between 80 and 90% male."
The LGBTQ tech industry's preferential treatment of gay men motivated Pittsford to organize. She founded Lesbians Who Tech, "a community of LGBTQ women, nonbinary, and trans individuals in and around tech (and the people who support them)."
"I felt like queer women specifically, and nonbinary folks were missing from the conversation."
A Common Theme
Andrea Breanna—wife, mother, and transgender lesbian—feels the same way.
Breanna is the founder and CEO of RebelMouse, "a creative agency with the best [content management system] in the world." RebelMouse arms its users with the tools it takes to grow and publicize online content.
"We're really excited about how we help media companies and brands that are genuine about their content really grow organic reach," Breanna says of her system.
Genuineness is the lynchpin of Breanna and RebelMouse's success story.
In 2017, Breanna began coming out as trans to her family and, a year later, her employees and clients.
"It's really hard to do," Breanna says. "But it's been really beautiful. I've thought about trying to understand how I could be helpful [for] people who want to come out and how it could go well."
She decided the best way was by setting an example in being her authentic self.
"Trans people need hope right now more than ever. They need to know that they can be successful if they're very good at their job. They need to know that people will follow a trans leader, sign deals with them, and allow them to grow their businesses," Breanna says.
A Common Hope
Pittsford agrees. And both see hope in numbers. Lesbians Who Tech now has over 50,000 members and dozens of chapters worldwide. RebelMouse has over 55 employees across 26 countries.
"I'd love to see us get to 100,000 people," Pittsford says. "I'd love to see us have more presence in some of the countries that need us the most. And I'd love to see, you know, more CTOs or CEOs who are LGBTQ women."
Breanna acknowledges her unique story. "I very much hope that the story of RebelMouse will not just be about how we helped the open web build a better product, but also about how we showed a different way to build an organization that cares about itself. What if Google and Facebook realized that three in 50 of its employees were trans?"
We're all still waiting on that answer.
Happy Valentine's Day to all those people in love, and those of us who can't wait to have a night with friends and eat cookie dough. It is a time of expensive dinners, romantic comedies, and gifts.
Valentine's is the hardest holiday gift wise. It's not as important as a birthday, but you are expected to sweep your partner off their feet. Roses and chocolates are overused. And, those gifts that are universally acclaimed (like jewelry) are way too expensive.
So, to make your life easier and get you some brownie points with your SO, here are George Takei's favorite "Star Trek" themed Valentines gifts.
No one wants to be out in the town waiting 45 mins for a table at an overpriced and crowded restaurant when you could be at home cuddling under a blanket watching the best "Star Trek" episodes and maybe enjoying a home cooked meal. Or some takeout. Either way, cuddling and watching Star Trek is the ideal plan for a romantic date if you ask me.
Resistance is futile when it comes to matters of the heart. I know it. You know it. Captain Picard knows it. So, just give in and let you be swept away by your feelings and you might be pleasantly surprised. Plus, who is more romantic than Jean Luc Picard himself? Plus, giving your SO a t-shirt is still better than turning into a part of the Borg collective and meld your mind with thousands of species in the universe.
The same way a captain cannot properly do their hob without a number one, show your partner that you can't do anything without them. They're your most trusted confident and your go-to person when things are happy or sad. They deserve this mug.
Love knows no logic. I'm pretty sure someone important said that. Anyway, even your most logical Vulcan has to agree that when it comes to matters of the heart, logic tends to jump out the window. But, still when two people make sense together, it is the sweetest thing. Show your Valentine that you're always thinking about them. Both logically, and illogically.
We found the best greeting card in the internet! This is it! This is the card! It has a pun, a reference to The Original Series, and it shows how much of a hottie your SO is. If you ask me, this is the ideal mix for the perfect Valentines day. Plus, it's always a good idea to remind them you think they're hot.
It's not really Valentine's day without those corny candies. But, most people don't actually eat those. So, what's the point in giving them candy that they won't eat, and will just attract ants. Instead give them a t-shirt that shows your commitment to making this day as special for them as they make you feel. Plus, these candies have the most iconic Star Trek quotes instead of the corny "Be Mine" featured in the originals.
You can search the whole galaxy and never find anyone you love as much as the person next to you. Sorry, I went a bit cliche but the occasion calls for it. Show them there is no one you'd rather explore the galaxy with by giving them a cool t-shirt featuring Enterprise. Everyone deserves to feel that kind of love.
You know that feeling when you see someone and your hands get all sweaty and you get all flustered and nervous? This is that feeling. You've been stunned. Figuratively, obviously. But still, this t-shirt is the best physical representation of what happens when you see that one person. It's as if someone pulled a trigger on you. Actually, do stun guns have triggers? Not the point. This shirt is cool, and looks retro.
Valentine's day is also a day of friendship. But, most friendship necklaces look like they're made by 7 year olds. This one, however, will keep your favorite Trekkie close to your heart at all times. Plus, it will look great with all your favorite outfits.
Valentine's are like friends but better. So, what better way to tell someone you'll always be there for them than by quoting one of Spock's most iconic moments. It's cute to see someone so logical and with control over their emotions express how much they care about their partner. So, when you don't know how to tell them, show them with a cool t-shirt.
Even just 100 years ago, some modern, popular breeds looked drastically different.
Throughout human history, dogs have taken on many shapes and forms. Some of the oldest dog breeds to arise from selectively breeding the wolf include the Chinese Shar-Pei, the Lhasa Apso, and the Alaskan Malamute. But what these dogs looked like when they were first introduced to the world is probably a lot different than how they appear now, as can be attested to by these dog pictures from just 100 years ago of breeds we are all familiar with.
Can you guest what they are?