June is LGBTQIA+ Pride month
We know it hasn't been easy. Many challenges have appeared along the way and keep coming up today. But it's time to acknowledge decades of fight and the growth of the LGBTQIA+ community plurality around the world.
Whatever colours, flags, sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions represent you, we all have the right to express who we are. And nothing should stop our pride. It's time to keep moving and to be prouder than ever. Even from home.
What about when home isn't safe?
The consequences of being locked down at home due to COVID-19 are especially challenging for the young LGBTQIA+ community whose homes may not be a space where they can be themselves. And in a pre-lockdown world, a disproportionate 24% of homeless young people identified as LGBT.
This year we are partnering with akt, an organisation that helps young LGBTQIA+ people facing homelessness or a hostile living environment. We'll be donating 4,000 free rides and meals to akt, because everyone should have a place where they feel safe, and nothing can stop Pride. To read more about akt and how you can help create safe homes and better futures for LGBTQ+ young people, click below.
Pride comes in all colours
We’re proud to help shine a spotlight on the different communities, flags, sexual orientations and gender identities that represent some of the colours across the LGBTQIA+ community. *
An umbrella term for people whose gender identity and/or expression is different from cultural expectations based on the sex they were assigned at birth. Being transgender doesn’t imply any specific sexual orientation. Therefore, transgender people may identify as straight, gay, lesbian, bisexual, etc.
An adjective describing a person who doesn’t identify exclusively as a man or a woman. Non-binary people may identify as being both a man and a woman, being somewhere in between, or falling completely outside these categories. While many also identify as transgender, not all non-binary people do.
Genderqueer people typically reject notions of static categories of gender and embrace a fluidity of gender identity and, often though not always, sexual orientation. People who identify as genderqueer may see themselves as being both male and female, being neither male nor female, or falling completely outside these categories.
Describes someone who has the potential for emotional, romantic or sexual attraction to people of any gender, though not necessarily simultaneously, in the same way or to the same degree.
A term people often use to express fluid identities and orientations. Often used interchangeably with "LGBTQ."
A polysexual person is someone who is sexually and/or romantically attracted to multiple genders but not all genders.
A person who is emotionally, romantically or sexually attracted to members of the same gender.
An umbrella term encompassing many different genders of people who commonly don’t have a gender and/or have a gender that they describe as neutral.
A woman who is emotionally, romantically or sexually attracted to other women.
The lack of a sexual attraction or desire for other people.
A person emotionally, romantically or sexually attracted to more than one sex, gender or gender identity, though not necessarily simultaneously, in the same way or to the same degree.
An umbrella term used to describe a wide range of natural bodily variations. In some cases, these traits are visible at birth, and in others, they are not apparent until puberty. Some chromosomal variations of this type may not be physically apparent at all.
According to the Oxford English Dictionary, this is a person who doesn’t identify with a single fixed gender, or relates to a person having or expressing a fluid or unfixed gender identity.
Allies to all
Our commitment to fostering a positive and exceptional workplace for every employee is based on respect, trust, collaboration and allyship.
What is an ally? An ally is someone who acts in support of other groups in pursuit of equality.
A few tips on how to be a successful ally:
Be a good listener.
Listening to what others have to say without giving feedback is an important quality to help promote positive dialogue.
A good ally must acknowledge their own privilege and bias to create empathy. It’s important to educate yourself on proper language and ask questions when necessary.
It’s also important to ask questions to challenge assumptions on gender, orientation and identity. You must speak up when witnessing unsupportive behaviour.
The Uber community values the power of diversity and is proud to offer equal earning opportunities across the globe. Our commitment to working towards equal opportunity and inclusion is also woven into our employee culture and policies.
We know that progress is never finished and we are honoured to have received a 100 on the Corporate Equality Index from the Human Rights Campaign for the past 4 years.
Support along the way
To increase transparency and communication, we’ve launched our first ever Gender Transition Guidelines for employees globally.
We’ve also worked towards greater inclusion for our transgender partner-drivers, couriers and employees by expanding our efforts to provide earning opportunities for transgender partners.
*The terms above were written by the Human Rights Campaign and Trans Student Educational Resources. Find out more by visiting hrc.org and transstudent.org. Permission to use this content is not intended as, or should not be considered as, an endorsement of Uber by the Human Rights Campaign or Trans Student Educational Resources.