Following the Supreme Court decision in support of marriage equality last Friday, the San Francisco Pride event was a huge celebration for the LGBT community, and we were in the thick of it. It was an honor to be an official part of the parade, and we were overwhelmed and excited to get so many RSVPs to walk with us and represent Yelp.
Before marching time, we gathered at Yelp HQ to get Pride parade ready. We danced to a few Pride anthems, blew up balloons, put on our rainbow face paint, geared up in our Yelp Pride t-shirts made special for the occasion, and fueled up on snacks. Then we headed out to the parade where we proudly represented Yelp alongside creative floats and energetic groups from several other Bay Area companies and community groups. Luckily, our parade number was close to the end, so we got to watch most of the parade from our spot on Market Street. Our official Snapchat (yelp_official) and Twitter accounts also shared live moments throughout the day.
I’d like to say a big thank you to the Yelp OUTburst group for organizing this event. OUTburst is one of our Yelp Employee Resource Groups, which are formed by employees to support causes or shared interests. We think it’s important for employees to decide for themselves what causes they care about and give them the support to have open dialogue and learning experiences with fellow co-workers. There are lots of resource groups at Yelp covering topics like multi-culturalism, women, moms, LGBT, and parents, with more groups created every day by our passionate employees.
We’re already looking forward to next year’s Pride events and possibly expanding to other cities! Want to join us? If Yelp sounds like somewhere you’d like to work, check out yelp.com/careers and apply today.