Happy Pride Month, Nomads!
This year’s theme is all about owning your own pride.
What does that mean to us at Earthbound?
We’ve been a leader of inclusivity and a supporter of individualism since we first opened in 1996. We attract people of all backgrounds, cultures and beliefs under one ideal: we are all a part of one world and one race, the human race.
It’s never mattered to us what you look like, where you’re from or who you love – as long as you open your heart to all.
This month we’re highlighting 4 LGBTQ relationships related to our Earthbound family.
Follow their journeys as they discuss love, hope and the challenges of 2017.
MEET NATALIE & TAMMY:
Natalie (right) is an Inventory Specialist Assistant and does Customer Service for E-commerce too! She’s been married to Tammy for 3 years.
EB: How do you stand up for what you believe in?
Natalie: I have a tattoo on my arm of 2 puzzle pieces that fit together with the words WE ALL WE GOT. It means as humans, brothers and sisters – no matter who we are, what beliefs or backgrounds we have come from – we all must have each other’s back. If I don’t stand up for others who is going to stand up for me when I have been wronged?
EB: Who is your biggest supporter? How have they supported you?
Natalie: I expected our then 10-year-old son Barret to be mad at me for divorcing his father to pursue my own happiness but he surprised me. He came to me and said, “Mom, sometimes you can’t help who you fall in love with.” It was at that point I knew he was going to grow up into an amazing man. Our Son is now 18 and he is very much like me. He always seems to know when I need to laugh and take a break. 9 times out of 10 he is hiding around the corner to scare me or he is giving me hugs because “sometimes a hug is all one needs.”
EB: What do you wish people knew about you?
Natalie: The one thing I want people to know about my marriage is that it’s just like anybody else’s marriage. People who say our marriage isn’t “traditional” confuse me a little. We are two people who fell in love just like any other “traditional” couple.
EB: 2017 is about owning your own pride. What does that mean to you?
Natalie: Owning my pride is continuing to be who I am and not let the opinions of others darken my shine. I will continue to be proud of my family and of myself, not hiding in the shadows in fear of anyone else’s opinion of my “lifestyle”. I will continue to hold my Wife’s hand as we walk down the street or while grocery shopping, and kiss her at the front door as she leaves for work. Showing the world that we are just like everyone else.