Inclusivity in Motion: Starship Applied sciences Rolling with Delight in LA | by Reid Zura | Starship Applied sciences | Jun, 2023

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Reid Zura
Starship Technologies

At Starship Applied sciences, inclusivity and variety are extra than simply phrases; they’re deeply ingrained into our values. This yr, we’re thrilled to embrace these values and announce we’re collaborating within the historic and world-famous LA Delight Parade!

For the very first time, our crew and Starship Robots shall be proudly marching in solidarity with the LGBTQ+ group. It’s a profound demonstration of our unwavering help and dedication to fostering an inclusive work surroundings the place each worker can thrive precisely as who they’re.

As our Starship Robots roll onto the colourful and energetic streets of Los Angeles, we goal to make a convincing assertion at LA Delight. This momentous event aligns completely with our lately launched core worth: “We love that you’re completely different, it makes us one among a form.” By collaborating within the Delight Parade, we not solely embody this core worth but in addition reaffirm our dedication to cultivating an inclusive office the place everybody feels empowered to be their genuine selves.

To guide our participation on this iconic occasion, we’ve fastidiously chosen three excellent Range, Fairness, and Inclusion (DEI) ambassadors. These exceptional people will present beneficial insights into what Delight means to them personally and why they’re obsessed with marching alongside the LGBTQ+ group.

Via their considerate responses, you’ll acquire a deeper understanding of our shared motivation and the profound significance of Starship’s presence on the Delight Parade. We invite you to affix us as we have fun range, embrace inclusion, and exhibit our dedication to constructing a extra equitable and accepting world.

Meet Quyen Huynh (She/Her), US Human Useful resource Supervisor:

  1. What motivated you to affix the Delight Parade?
  • I select to march on the Delight Parade annually to have fun and honor the LGBTQ+’s communities, voices, and historical past.

2. Why is it essential so that you can take part on this occasion?

  • Illustration issues. As a primary era scholar and youngster of immigrant mother and father — who determined to additional push myself onto many extra minority teams by figuring out as a lesbian and marrying a deaf spouse, I had SO a lot going for me firstly of my popping out of the closet journey (in the event you can’t inform)! Jokes apart, it was truthfully scary and at occasions, overwhelming not having the ability to relate to my fellow 3 queers inside my highschool bubble as a result of my story appeared so far-fetched from the remainder. That was till I attended my very first Delight Parade in Seattle again in 2012. Seattle’s Delight Parade was the place I met and related with so many Asian Individuals who shared the identical struggles as myself (…popping out to their mother and father, getting shunned from the household and kicked out of the home, and the record goes on). Now THAT was our popping out story wedged in between two parentheses; positive, it might not make sense to most, however it made sense to us. Delight has allowed me to discover a house I by no means knew I had. Delight additionally gave me a voice. It’s essential to me (and my spouse) to make use of the voice we’ve, to point out up as our genuine selves and reclaim the rights and freedoms we had been and nonetheless at present are denied, for the generations of queers & child gays who’re nonetheless discovering their voices. Visibility is crucial and that’s the reason our participation is essential on the Delight marches.

3. What does it imply to you that Starship has given you this chance to be a frontrunner for this occasion?

  • It has been an honor to get to march alongside Starship at Delight. As a frontrunner, I’m wanting to carry the highlight on civil rights points whereas gaining the chance to assemble all kinds of wonderful Starshippers from all walks of life to return and have fun our genuine selves at this occasion.

4. What does Delight symbolize to you?

  • Delight symbolizes love and acceptance, giving our folks freedom to identification and expression whereas selling equality, visibility, and justice.
Quyen and her wife Amy posing for a photo in white wedding gowns after their elopement in the Northern Cascades
“08/18/21 — Love wins! Amy and I, doing what we do finest, chasing sunsets within the mountains. Elopement within the Northern Cascades.”

Meet Elda Velazquez Martinez (She/Her), US Help Supervisor:

  1. What motivated you to affix the Delight Parade?
  • The previous and those that have left due to the violence they suffered for being who they had been

2. Why is it essential so that you can take part on this occasion?

  • I could make a change in society, all of us deserve the identical rights and respect

3. What does it imply to you that Starship has given you this chance to be a frontrunner for this occasion?

  • I really feel essential to symbolize an organization that provides visibility to this motion and that helps range and inclusion

4. What does Delight symbolize to you?

  • Embracing my true self with boldness and being unapologetic about who I’m. Symbolizes being comfy with my identification and demanding acceptance from others.
Elda smiling in front of Public Art “Urban Light” in LA
Elda on one among her many adventures!

Meet Reid Zura (He/Him), World Social Media Specialist:

  1. What motivated you to affix the Delight Parade?
  • I’m becoming a member of Starship on the Delight Parade to have fun and embrace my very own identification whereas elevating the voices of these within the LGBTQ+ group world wide. Delight Parades are a robust platform for visibility, acceptance, and solidarity. It’s a possibility for me to specific satisfaction in who I’m, whereas additionally advocating for equality and the rights of LGBTQ+ people throughout the globe.

2. Why is it essential so that you can take part on this occasion?

  • I’ve solely ever participated in a single different Delight occasion earlier than, final yr’s NYC Delight Parade. For the primary time in my life, I felt what it meant to be half of a bigger group that shares comparable experiences, challenges, and aspirations. I may join with different individuals who have gone via a sequence of hardships by merely being who they’re and have fun our shared resilience. Secondly, I’m honored to have the ability to take part on this occasion, as a result of it’s a privilege. We dwell in a world the place queer voices are nonetheless being silenced or ignored. I attend for individuals who can’t, and I consider collaborating within the Delight Parade helps increase visibility and consciousness about LGBTQ+ points, contributing to the continuing combat for equality and social progress.

3. What does it imply to you that Starship has given you this chance to be a frontrunner for this occasion?

  • Marching alongside my coworkers and representing our firm, it sends a robust message of inclusivity and help. It reveals that my office values range and embraces workers for who they’re, no matter sexual orientation. The truth that I’ve been chosen to be a frontrunner on this occasion is an honor. It reveals that my firm not solely values me as an worker but in addition acknowledges the significance of LGBTQ+ illustration and allyship. It signifies that they’re dedicated to fostering an inclusive and supportive work surroundings the place workers can come as they’re and produce their complete selves to work. Being entrusted with this duty makes me really feel empowered and revered, and it reinforces my sense of belonging inside the group.

4. What does Delight symbolize to you?

  • To me, Delight is a celebration of authenticity, resilience, and progress. It symbolizes the liberty to like and categorical oneself with out concern or disgrace. Delight is a reminder of the struggles and sacrifices of those that got here earlier than us, who fought for LGBTQ+ rights and paved the way in which for higher acceptance and equality. However it additionally signifies a name to motion that we’re not finished. It additionally represents a name to motion, urging us all to proceed working in direction of a future the place everyone seems to be handled with dignity, respect, and equal rights, no matter their sexual orientation or gender identification.
Reid holding a hand-sized pride flag at his first ever pride in NYC in 2022
Reid at his very first Delight in NYC’s 2022 Delight Parade!

As we eagerly put together to march at LA Delight, we’re stuffed with a way of pleasure, objective, and unity. This milestone second for Starship Applied sciences symbolizes our unwavering dedication to celebrating range and selling inclusion.

Via the voices of our DEI ambassadors, we’ve gained beneficial insights into what Delight means to them personally, and their ardour for this occasion is contagious. Their tales and views have deepened our understanding of the importance of Delight and the significance of standing in solidarity with the LGBTQ+ group.

As we take this daring step ahead, we invite you to affix us in celebrating range, embracing inclusivity, and advocating for a world the place each particular person is accepted for who they’re. Collectively, let’s create a future the place love, respect, and acceptance know no boundaries.

We’re immensely proud to be a part of the LA Delight Parade for the primary time ever, and we hope that our presence serves as a beacon of hope, inspiring others to champion range and create workplaces and communities the place everybody can thrive.

The journey is simply starting. Collectively, we are going to proceed to foster a world the place variations are celebrated, and love triumphs over prejudice.

Starship is honored to take part within the Delight Parade, and we look ahead to sharing this exceptional expertise with you. Let’s make historical past collectively and pave the way in which for a brighter, extra inclusive future.

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