When Robin came to me in 2016 with the idea for a new publication focused on LGBTQ business equality, I jumped at the chance to join her. Since that first issue, the magazine – and the two of us – have evolved in our perspectives, insights and goals. I’m proud of the work Robin and I have produced and thankful that I was able to be part of her vision from the start.
After six years and 21 issues, I’ve decided it’s time to step down as Editor of BEQ Pride and pursue other opportunities. You will still see my byline pop up in these pages from time to time, helping LGBTQ leaders, allies and advocates tell their stories in the pursuit of a more just, equitable, diverse and inclusive world.
I’ve had the privilege of working with many talented writers and photographers whose work filled our pages over the years. My thanks to them for their contributions.
The most rewarding part of this experience is getting to know the people whose stories appeared in each issue. They have inspired, educated and challenged me both professionally and personally. As I move on to new projects, I take with me a commitment to justice, equality, diversity and inclusion born out of my interactions with the many folks we’ve featured in these pages. What a gift to be surrounded by so many incredible people.
One of the joys of being a freelancer is working on amazing projects with talented people, then taking that experience, network and skill to the next project. I’m excited about the opportunities in front of me!
Feel free to connect with me on LinkedIn. Let’s keep in touch!
With gratitude and hopefulness,
Melissa Lowery, inaugural editor, BEQ Pride