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Pride Month Employee Perspective: Allyship

At Republic, we strive to create a workplace where employees of all backgrounds, including race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, and faith feel safe, respected and valued. It is a commitment that embodies our values and one we take very seriously.

An LGBTQ+ ally is someone who supports equality and fairness for LGBTQ+ individuals and their families. Whether they have a close friend or family member who identifies as LGBTQ+ or don’t know anyone personally, allies are some of the most effective and powerful voices of the movement.

As we continue our Pride Month celebration, we’re sharing the perspective of Jake A. on being an LGBTQ+ ally.

Inclusive environments permeate where people feel comfortable and confident being themselves in front of their peers, leaders and direct reports. Divisions where employees know that their leaders care about them, not just as a driver, a dispatcher or a technician but as a mom, a brother or a fan of Lamar Jackson are workplaces of allyship and compassion.” – Jake A., General Manager, Virginia

5 Ways to be an Ally

You may be wondering what you can do to become an LGBTQ+ ally or be a better, more supportive ally. Here are a few helpful tips on how to be a better ally during Pride Month and beyond (via

  1. Be inclusive and invite LGBT friends to hang out with your friends and family.
  2. Don’t assume that all your friends and co-workers are straight. Someone close to you could be looking for support in their coming-out process. Not making assumptions will give them the space they need.
  3. Anti-LGBT comments and jokes are harmful. Let your friends, family and co-workers know that you find them offensive.
  4. Confront your own prejudices and bias, even if it is uncomfortable to do so.
  5. Defend your LGBT friends against discrimination.