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Justin Topliff

Justin is a product marketer specializing in venture backed expansion- and growth-stage tech companies. He has a decade of experience in product marketing, marketing and operations from a background spanning tech, venture capital and management consulting.

Why We’re Proud to Celebrate Pride

why we're proud to celebrate pride

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising that paved the way for Pride as we know it today. As a member of the LGBT+ community, my heart swells with mixed emotions as I reflect on my journey, the journeys of others, the progress that we’ve made as a community, and the challenges that still lie ahead.

Last week, leading up to the 50th Pride, my colleagues and I presented a short history of Pride and shared our personal stories at a company-wide lunch. We shared how being gay used to be illegal, the events surrounding the uprising at Stonewall Inn in 1969, the first Pride parade one year later in 1970, how the rainbow flag was born in 1978, how the NYPD apologized earlier this year for their behavior in 1969, why this year’s 50th anniversary of Pride is so special — and why the ability to be yourself and do your best work at Highspot is so great.

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