Spotlight on International Women’s Day: Part 1

As International Women’s Day approaches, if you’re looking for someone to celebrate, look no further than Miss Major Griffin-Gracy.

Miss Major is a community leader who has been fighting for LGBTQIA+ rights and social justice for more than 50 years, particularly when it comes to police brutality and the prison system. She was a prominent figure in the Stonewall Riots in 1969 and a survivor of the Attica Prison Riots.

Miss Major was also the original executive director for the Transgender Gender Variant Intersex Justice Project, and worked with a number of HIV/AIDS organizations in San Francisco in the 1990s. A “Mama” to the community, particularly trans women of color, her legacy project is “House of GG,” a home in Arkansas where trans and gender-nonconforming people can heal from trauma and build a support network.

Today, she continues to raise awareness for the intersectionality of poverty, race, and gender, and advocates for transgender people to be included in leadership positions in the LGBTQIA+ movement.

Celebrating community

As President of Hyland’s Pride Alliance group, I know that our members are proud to follow in Miss Major’s footsteps. We are honored to benefit from her legacy, as well as others who are striving to raise Trans awareness.

That said, there’s so much more work to do for Transgender members of the LGBTQIA+ community that it will take each and every one of us. Our intersectional identities make us who we are. Celebrating our differences make us one solid community.

That’s important. Members within the LGBTQIA+ community must also be allies and advocates for other LGBTQIA+ members. We need to lift each other up, and we need to be proud.

A simple place to start is to include your own pronouns in your signature, on Zoom, or even when you introduce yourself to anyone. It gives a clear message that you are on your own ally journey. It also signals to all members of the LGBTQIA+ community that you are a potential safe confidant if they ever need someone to talk to about anything.

Here at Hyland, we take the idea of community very seriously. That’s why we call our online site where customers, partners, and Hylanders ask each other questions and collaborate … Community.

Expanding our community

And it doesn’t stop with our solutions and services.

The mission for Hyland’s Pride Alliance is to promote and strengthen LGBTQIA+ awareness, while creating a safe and supporting forum for discussing issues. We want Hyland employees to express, embrace, and explore our organization’s core values and their impact within our global communities. It’s all about creating a lasting and positive impact through education, outreach, and positive interactions – no matter who we are.

For my next blog post celebrating International Women’s Day, we’ll shine a spotlight on Menaka Guruswamy and Arundhati Katju, two powerful public-interest litigators who led a committed fight for justice resulting in a landmark judgement changing the lives of the LGBTQIA+ community in India.

Rebecca Scina

Rebecca Scina

Rebecca Scina has been a Hylander since 2008. In her current role as a cloud delivery manager for the Customer Success Team, she manages new high-profile hosted customer engagements, existing... read more about: Rebecca Scina

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