Love is love – show your love, in allyship.
Earlier this month we shared ways you can show Pride in your leather designs with Townsend, www.townsendleather.com/pride-2021, in everything we do at Townsend, we deeply love leather, but we know what is even more important is, people. So we also wanted to share our passion and pride for humans.
This year we continued and increased our support of the HRC and their valiant mission.
“The Human Rights Campaign envisions a world where every member of the LGBTQ family has the freedom to live their truth without fear, and with equality under the law. We empower our 3 million members and supporters to mobilize against attacks on the most marginalized people in our community. Equality for ALL not for some.”
‘Equality for all‘ is an idea we can fully and strongly stand behind. It is an idea we try hard to express out to our community. Sometimes the impact you have on others stays invisible, but sometimes you get lucky and you meet someone who is brave and willing to be vulnerable. Sometimes you meet someone like Sabrina, who volunteers to share the story of her first days at Townsend, what it meant to her, and what it continues to be for her.
Sabrina joined Townsend Leather in March and quickly become a Partner associated with greatness. Sabrina has impressed everyone with focused dedication to work, speed, and a fun-to-be-around attitude. Sabrina is a person who brings people together and we are so glad she is part of the team.
“When I first came to Townsend, I was really scared. I heard great things about the place, but I didn’t know if they were true or if I was even going to be liked for who I was.
But, I was happily surprised that Townsend truly was such a loving and caring environment.
On my first day, I was really slow and kept apologizing to my trainer, but she kept brushing my apologies aside and encouraging me, telling me that I was doing great. That day I even met the president of the company, Jared, and he was also so lovely, nice, and encouraging. It was such a relief to know that the people were really like a family.
It was because of this warm, family kindness that I finally opened up to people about being pansexual. I always hid it before, because I was afraid of being judged and hated for it, but the people at Townsend welcomed me and I even met other people who were gay/bisexual. It was so nice.
I started learning more about the LGBTQ+ community and accepting who I was. I learned it was okay to like men, women, non-binary people, transgender people, etc; and I learned, I am really, really glad I came to work here.”
And so are all of us.
Townsend is an equal opportunity employer. We are heartfelt intent on balance, growth, and innovation for all, especially those that face marginalization and unfair barriers. We hope everyone can find a place they feel welcomed, where they feel like they are with family, and we will continue striving to be that place for as many people as we can.