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Humans of 3Q: Pride Edition, Part 2

Published: June 15, 2022

Author: Phoebe Martell-Crawford

At 3Q/DEPT, we know representation matters, and creating a psychologically safe environment where every individual feels comfortable to be themselves is an on-going commitment. June is Pride Month and it’s a delight to get to share a few stories from some awesome LGBTQ+ humans at 3Q/DEPT. You’ve met Amie Crawford, now get to know 3Q/DEPTster Shelby Nations!

Shelby Nations (she/her), Senior Account Manager

Shelby Nations on top of mountain

When Shelby isn’t leading paid social strategy for clients, she spends her time reading or hiking/walking around Nashville. Shelby also loves meeting friends for drinks in the neighborhood!

If you’re comfortable sharing, tell us about your coming out journey:

I started coming out in 2020. Since I’m bi, it was easy to hide that I was queer because I mostly dated men, but it’s still a huge part of my identity and I decided I wanted to live authentically. It was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I am so much more comfortable and confident in myself. I lost some relationships but it’s better to live authentically than to have friends who don’t support you.

Who inspires you? Why?

My grandmother is one of my biggest inspirations. She and I are very close and she has gone through so much and she’s still so strong. I hope I can be half the person she is.

How will you be celebrating Pride Month?

I’m going to have to miss Pride this year, unfortunately but I am going to celebrate by reading books by queer authors or about the queer community.

What does Pride mean to you?

Pride to me is the freedom to live authentically. The queer community has gone through so much and fought so hard to get to where we are. Pride is a celebration and a tribute to those who have fought and those who are still fighting.

Of our 4 core values, ‘Accept No Limits,’ ‘Act for the Greater Good,’ ‘Be Inclusive,’ and ‘Own It,’ which resonates with you most and why?

“Be Inclusive” and “Act for the Greater Good” I just feel like showing compassion to people is so easy and both of those values are necessary in treating people the way they deserve.

Inclusivity is an important piece to 3Q/DEPT’s identity. It means we strive to create spaces for everyone to feel comfortable to be their authentic selves. What has inclusivity at 3Q/DEPT, or a different work environment, looked like for you?

3Q/DEPT is the most diverse workplace I’ve ever been a part of. Differences aren’t tolerated, they’re encouraged. It’s amazing to be at a company that’s proactive in cultivating diversity and a safe work environment. I have worked for companies where I didn’t feel comfortable being out, and here it’s celebrated.

Shelby Nations and friends at Pride Celebration with Pride Gear

What does it mean to have people show up as allies in a work environment?

Allies are so important in the workplace for creating an inclusive and safe environment.

There are many amazing LGBTQIA+ organizations that are fighting for the rights of queer folk, but they can’t continue without funding. Are there any organizations you’d like to give a shout-out to?

Oasis Center. It’s a nonprofit in Nashville where I am located. They work with a variety of at-risk youth but a large portion are a part of the LGTBTQ+ community. They provide a safe space for these kids, some of whom have nowhere else to go.

Finally, do you have a favorite queer anthem?

girls by Girl in Red has been my queer jam recently

Any final thoughts?

Our community has come so far, but there is still work to do. Trans rights specifically are being threatened. Step up and support your trans neighbors.

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