By Bold Culture Editors
This year seems to have flown by, especially in comparison to its predecessor, 2020.
Most of us spent the majority of 2021 under lockdown due to the COVID-19 crisis, yet this was also a year of reopening international borders, office doors, your local coffee shops, cafes, and the reconvening of extended family for the holidays. The year 2021 has certainly shifted “norms” across the nation. As we get closer to wrapping up an eventful and unexpected year, we at Bold Culture are reflecting on our most popular insights of 2021 covering the needs, interests, and expectations of historically marginalized people.
Stepping into 2022, how will your company better cater to diverse consumers and employees in a way that enacts lasting change? Will you listen? Will you empathize? Will you transform company culture? Bold is here to offer the insights you need to make it happen.
Here are Culture Hub’s Top 10 LGBTQ+ insights for 2021. Click each headline to access the article:
Essentially, companies that never expressed an ounce of support for the LGBTQIA+ community randomly release items with rainbow regalia and post about figures such as Marsha P. Johnson in the month of June, all with the intent of garnering support from the queer community without offering substantial support themselves. At the same time, though, there are still companies whose allyship is far from performative, and whose support for the queer community extends past the 30 days of June.
Bayard Rustin (1912-1987) was one of the people who helped to educate Dr. King on nonviolence and encouraged him to use it and stick with it as a principal strategy. Being LGBTQ+ was illegal in many ways in the 1950’s U.S. (and decades beyond) – from laws against sodomy to ones against cross-dressing – and Rustin lost his job when the criminalization of his sexuality landed him in jail for 60 days.
Since Dave Chappelle’s The Closer was added to Netflix’s content library in early October 2021, there’s been a public back and forth of sorts between Netflix co-CEOs, Dave Chappelle, and those who think his comedy is anti-trans. The most palpable perspectives on the issue have either been from white LGBTQ people or straight people of all ethnicities.
The “rainbow wave” on 2020 Super Bowl night was a testament to what groups like the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce have long argued: The purchasing power of the LGBTQ+ community is a force to be reckoned with.
The culture has strides to make when it comes to broadening the spectrum, character dimension, and development of many trans characters. But we seem to be heading in a progressive direction, thankfully.
Brooklyn-based rapper Lil Mama, who noted that she was starting a “heterosexual rights movement,” something to stop the “bullying” of heterosexual artists and people. In a post on Instagram riddled with transphobic undertones, the entertainer shared that she felt that she needed to protect herself and the heterosexual community from being bullied by those who identify as LGBTQ+.
Petrona Xemi Tapepechul is a powerhouse. A consummate creative – she is a playwright, actress, and model. The Two-Spirit Transgender woman from Kuskatan land (now known as El Salvador) is also a language worker and educator. I wanted to speak with Xemi about her journey – becoming a polyglot, learning Nawat (a native language of central America, in danger of extinction), and how it ties with her work as an educator and activist.
3. A Q&A with Darnell Moore: Author and Netflix’s Director of Inclusion Strategy for Content and Marketing Bold Culture connects with Moore to discuss all things DEI, including what inclusion means to him and advice for professionals working in the DEI space.
Individuals that experience multiply marginalization requires intersectionality-minded support, both in and out of the workplace. The Latinx umbrella is not monolithic, similar to how the trans/non-binary umbrella is not monolithic. Learn from Rudy Ramirez’s experience in this moving personal insight.
Clubhouse grants users the ability to convene with people in different locations in real-time, by invitation only. From topics ranging from politics to social justice, many of the rooms created by said users create the opportunity to learn about the thoughts and opinions of both celebrities and ordinary people who might have some important thoughts to add. But what happens when these spaces aren’t safe – and are at times down right hostile?