Inclusivity and allyship begin with small steps in the right direction!
Why is Pride Month awareness important?
There are 195 countries in the world and only 29 countries have legalized same-sex marriage. This is why awareness about sexuality and gender is important, and what better way to spread the awareness than to dedicate the whole month of June! Why June? The Stonewall Riots began in the early hours of June 28, 1969, when New York City police raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay club located in Greenwich Village in New York City. The raid sparked a riot among bar patrons and neighborhood residents as police roughly hauled employees and patrons out of the bar, leading to six days of protests and violent clashes with law enforcement outside the bar. The Stonewall Riots catalyzed the gay rights movement in the United States and around the world.
Inclusivity and safe space for the LGBTQ+ community
Now that we know about the basic history of Pride Month and its significance, let’s discuss the importance of inclusivity and creating a safe space for the LGBTQ+ community. In recent years, we have witnessed more organizations strive to create a safe space for the LGBTQ+ community to cultivate campuses or workplaces more aware and accepting of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer individuals.
However, Pride month shouldn’t be the only time when this safe space is prioritized, which is the case with a lot of organizations that acknowledge LGBTQ+ safety and inclusivity only during Pride month. The safe space and inclusivity that people openly talk about in June should apply every day, in the workspace, social media platforms, and everywhere else.
Solid understanding of inclusivity
According to a US study, cyberbullying statistics show that LGBT teens are more likely to be bullied than heterosexual teens. More than 12% of LGBTQ+ teens reported being cyberbullied, with 58% dealing with hate speech and 35% receiving online threats. The situation does not fare any better in India for LGBTQ teens. It is this solid understanding of the problems of the community in virtual space that prompted Rizzle for fair and efficient policies.
For instance, according to the students in the survey, the most common type of online harassment is through comments. Posting mean comments online have always been a problem as it is practically difficult for companies to monitor the comment space individually and act on it. Rizzle completely did away with the comments section because we do not like to compromise on the safety and wellbeing of our creators. Instead, for all the love that their content deserves, we have video responses that their viewers can use to show their appreciation for their content.
How do we build inclusivity at Rizzle?
Rizzle strives to be an ally to the community. The Rizzle community, in general, is a safe space for all content creators. Our organization has strict community guidelines for the creators, and people not abiding by those guidelines have to face prompt consequences that include getting blocked. Rizzle is prompt in reviewing reports and flags from users.
Rizzle strives to be a safe haven for people of all genders and sexual orientations to create amazing videos, and tell the world their stories from a safe platform. With that in mind, Rizzle has organized a contest on Pride theme: “Love is Love. For All. To Everyone.” Rizzle creators can participate in the contest and make it a musical affair by creating incredible videos using Rizzle’s features and music tracks. The winners will not only win a cash prize but also get a chance to be featured on Rizzle’s social media platforms.
This is a small step towards a much bigger goal.