Our goal with our brewery from day one has been for Bale Breaker to be a place for our community to come together, to support initiatives near and dear to our hearts, and to exist as a safe space for all to gather. We’re always looking for new ways to continue paying it forward to the community that has given us so much support over the last four generations.
That’s why when we decided to brew Rainbow Beard Kettle Sour in honor of Pride Month, we wanted to keep our partnership hyper-local and partner with local non-profit, Yakima Pride. In an effort to center and amplify diverse voices, we figured who better to speak on the topic than Kaimu Peneku, from Yakima Pride. We’re excited to better educate ourselves and our community so we can all be better advocates and allies to the LBGTQ+ community.
What is Pride Month? When did it start?
KP: "Pride month, in the United States, is a month designated to commemorate the Stonewall uprising, and lift and honor those who paved the way for modern LGBTQ+ culture, as we know it. Many years have passed since the Stonewall uprising of 1969, and since then, LGBTQIA+ activists and community organizers have consistently demonstrated every June, since.
In June of 1999, President Clinton and his administration were the first to officially proclaim the Month of June LGBTQ Pride month, thus the official Pride Month was born. Some of the major voices that were heard during the fight for equality, equity and acceptance came from those who were most influential; including, Marsha P. Johnson, Sylvia Rivera and Harvey Milk, amongst countless others who risked their lives advocating for LGBTQ+ rights."
What is a safe space and how can businesses ensure their workplace is a safe space?
KP: "A safe space is creating an environment in which people can feel confident that they will not be exposed to discrimination, harassment or any sort of physical or mental harm.
Becoming a safe space is as simple as setting the ground rules for not just your staff, but your clientele. Advocacy is what we are aiming for, as it is adequate grounds to establish a zero tolerance policy for the environment you create. The best way to ensure your environment is a safe space, is to train your staff in recognizing behavioral trends, and addressing them appropriately. Not every situation is going to be dire, and not every person is going to report an incident. So, it's best for your staff to be engaged and invested in your clientele during their visit, ensuring they have the best experience, from the moment they walk in the door."
How can I be an advocate for the LGBTQ+ community?
KP: "Let's be honest, there is no sign up sheet, or application to become an advocate, but my goodness, is it a full time job.
There are 3 crucial steps, concerning advocacy:
This is number one for MANY reasons, but the main reason being the most important. Educate to de-escalate. Many are “foes” of our cause due to their lack of education. Logically, if we can take the time to educate, we have a better chance at turning that “foe” into an ally.
Once we educate, we want to encourage those individuals to get involved. Literally any bit of a voice they have, and are willing to give to the cause, creates that much more visibility.
Show up, and show out! Volunteer with your local organization in an effort to keep the fight for equality, equity and civil rights going strong."
What does the “+” stand for in LGBTQ+?
KP: "The + represents other sexual identities; here is the full term: LGBTQQIP2SAA stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, queer, intersex, pansexual, two-spirit (2S), androgynous and asexual."
How do I know what pronoun to use if I’m unsure?
2. INTRODUCE YOURSELF
3. DEFUALT TO
How does Yakima Pride work to support the LGBTQ+ community in Yakima throughout the year?
KP: "We are a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to serving the needs of the LGBTQ+ community and its partners through educational events, entertainment, community outreach, and celebrations of diversity. Yakima Pride produces each year Rainbow Prom, Pride Day At The Fair and the Yakima Pride Festival & Parade in Central Washington, one of the fastest growing Pride events in Washington State, plus a variety of educational and community events throughout the year."
How can I support the LGBTQ+ community beyond Pride Month?
KP: "Advocate, educate, and volunteer…."
Stop by the taproom to try Rainbow Beard Kettle Sour - $1 of every pint sold will be donated to Yakima Pride.
Posted June 11, 2021