RoacherPride: How We Celebrate Pride Year-Round at Cockroach Labs

RoacherPride: How We Celebrate Pride Year-Round at Cockroach Labs

CREWS (Cockroach Employees Who Support) are groups intended to create an inclusive environment for Roachers from underrepresented backgrounds and help employees connect with their peers on a deeper level. Groups host events and develop programs to support and advocate for their members, both internally and externally. While these groups are company-sponsored, they are run by employees for employees.

What is RoacherPride?

RoacherPride is a conglomerate of both members of the LGBTQIA+ community and allies who come together to socialize, discuss issues that affect our community and adjacent communities, and work to educate the larger Cockroach Labs' community about LGBTQIA+ history and allyship.

What is the RoacherPride’s mission? Why?

The mission of RoacherPride is to create a safe place at Cockroach Labs to celebrate Pride every day while educating all roachers on how to be the best ally at work and in the larger community.

The mission of the group is important as Pride should not be limited to the month June but be celebrated every day of the year. It is also important that we amplify LGBTQIA+ voices in our community and educate all Roachers on the importance of allyship to contribute to a more rounded and diverse community.

Can you give us an example of how RoacherPride’s supports its mission?

In addition to social happy hours and lunches for the CREW to socialize, RoacherPride has offered a variety of programming to support our mission. We launched a safe space forum allowing both members of LGBTQIA+ community and Cockroach Labs’ community to come together to idea share and ultimately ask questions. Topics ranged from; how to be a proper ally? How can Cockroach Labs better support the LGBTQIA+ community?

Last year RoacherPride came together during Pride 2020 to honor and educate other Roachers on the important impact of various POC individuals on LGBTQIA+ history. Members of RoacherPride wrote mini-blog posts about the likes of Marsha P. Johnson, Crystal Labeija, and Angelica Ross that were shared with the entire company. In addition, we donated $100 dollars for each post in honor of the fantastic individuals we wrote about. In total we donate $1000.

We are excited to continue this campaign in 2021 and not only share these posts internally but with the entire Cockroach Labs community. Everyday we will post on this page the people this year we want to honor.

Who can join RoacherPride?

Both members of the LGBTQIA+ community and allies are welcome to join RoacherPride. Pride is for everyone. If you'd like to join our community and our team, visit our for more.