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Pride, No Prejudice: Audible Celebrates LGBTQIA+ History, and Even Alexa’s Getting Involved

People crowded together to watch the NYC Pride March. They're wearing pink and purple #BeEpic shirts and waving rainbow-colored Pride flags.

Alexa may not have marched in the NYC Pride March, but she did get into the spirit of celebration this year with the launch of the new Pride Facts skill. Employees from Audible and other Amazon companies who are members of Amazon’s LGBTQIA+ affinity group, glamazon, lent their voices to the project, hitting the studio to record interesting—and often surprising—facts about the history of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer lives around the world.

All Alexa owners can enable the skill simply by saying, “Alexa, tell me a Pride fact,” to hear a notable piece of information read by one of our fabulous glamazon team members or our partners from the Human Rights Campaign, the U.S.’s largest LGBTQIA+ civil rights advocacy group.

Alexa wasn’t the only member of the Audible family who got involved in Pride celebrations this year. A group of our Newark team members, along with participants from Amazon’s New York-area offices and from amfAR, the nonprofit dedicated to supporting AIDS research and HIV prevention, marched in the NYC Pride March on Sunday, June 24.

To make it easier for members to discover the best Pride content from its library, Audible also created the Pride-themed “Hear My Story” page on Audible.com. This content collection features dozens of diverse works spanning the spectrum of LGBTQIA+ experience, including queer classics like The Price of Salt and Giovanni’s Room; self-narrated works by LGBTQIA+ authors; and The Path to Pride, an Audible Original in which Lance Bass and three other narrators share stories from their own journeys.

Pride Month is celebrated every June in commemoration of the 1969 Stonewall riots, a formative moment in the history of the global LGBTQIA+ rights movement.

After living in New York City for 13 years, walking in the Pride parade with Audible and glamazon colleagues was my first time experiencing the parade. It was incredibly thrilling, and I can’t wait for NYC Pride 2019
Ryan MacGavinManager, Acquisitions & Content Partnerships
People marching in the NYC Pride March carrying a large amfAR banner.
Several people posing in front of the Audible sign on a NYC Pride March parade float.
Two women posing closely together in purple #BeEpic shirts at the NYC Pride March.
A close up of a hand with an Audible Pride temporary tattoo on the back of it.

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