Like so many other things in our lives, Pride looks a little different this year. Last year, we kicked off the month with one of our favourite events to date, Rainbow Row, which brought together Hydrow employees, rowers and supporters from Boston Gay Rowers, the Gay and Lesbian Rowing Federation and Community Rowing, Inc. for an on-water celebration of Pride. This year’s event was slated to be even bigger and brighter, but unfortunately, our plans have had to change.
What hasn’t changed is the meaning this month holds for us, and our commitment to celebrating and embodying everything that Pride stands for -- today and every day.
When we set out to build Hydrow, our goal was to build the most beautiful human experience possible. This didn’t just mean building a rowing machine -- it meant building and cultivating the community behind it. What we love most about that community is the support that our members show for one another every single day. Our shared strength comes from the fact that we celebrate the very differences that make each of us unique and special -- whether that’s our gender, our orientation, our heritage or otherwise. The community and team we’ve built here together is one that celebrates our individuality day in and day out. And whether you’re a member of the LGBTQIA+ community or a fierce ally, we see you, we salute you -- and we’re so glad you’re here.
We may not have Rainbow Row, or the parades, rallies and celebrations that typically mark the kickoff of Pride, but we’re still celebrating. We’re celebrating this wonderful Hydrow culture and community that shows respect, appreciation and understanding to everyone who joins us on the water.
Our journeys may look different -- different from one another, and different from what we may have hoped for this year -- but whatever your own journey looks like, we hope you join us and Row With Pride.
Keep an eye here and on our social media channels this month for more updates on how you can join us for our month-long virtual Pride celebration, including a very special Pride Challenge… and don’t forget to share your own celebrations with us using #HydrowPride.