“When we look at Pride and the history of the LGBTQ community, we must acknowledge that we would not be where we are today without the unabashed authenticity, protest and work of our BIPOC (Black Indigenous and other People Of Color) and trans BIPOC members,” said one member of the SPECTRUM Chapter in the U.S. “People like Marsha P. Johnson – a black, trans bisexual person – is the face of Stonewall, and her legacy proves that being who you are and owning your race, your sexual orientation and your gender identity can be revolutionary and an inspiration."
SPECTRUM leader Nicholas Stuckert joined REACH, the employee resource group focused on issues important to employees of African Culture and Heritage, to listen and learn about their experiences. He also participated in the REACH 2021 celebration of Black History Month.
“What surprised me the most are the stories of how pervasive bias still is and affects colleagues I work with every day that I’ve always regarded among the smartest and strongest,” Nick said.
“Completely unintentional verbal and behavioral cues can have a lasting impact and drive doubt that I never would have guessed possible. I overcame my fear of recognizing past mistakes and learned how to listen and invite open conversation,” he said. “I am grateful to my REACH colleagues for being so welcoming and understanding.”