Hello, I wanted to start this off with saying that I am a part of the camp that did want the icon and to show support, I was even there suggesting changes as it was being made :).
With that said, I did want to give my opinion on how everything was handled. I understand this is a sensitive subject for a lot of people, but I also feel that sometimes, there is a need to discuss these things. With the conversation happening in #meta, I don’t believe the conversation should have been locked. To reference the article: “A couple people have mentioned they don’t feel safe voicing a minority opinion, such as saying that we shouldn’t support Pride month.” I think it’s great to be open (and leading) with that statement, but with that said, muting the channel when there was (in my opinion at least) peaceful conversation about it goes against that. By not being allowed to freely discuss the topic (again, in a peaceful way), it is silencing that group. That’s how we get minority groups now, and events such as Pride month should be for promoting everyone as equals (this is applied from here on, but in a peaceful, non attacking way).
As a non member, I read that there was discussion about it in the members general channel, but as I obviously can not see that, I don’t know what all was actually discussed in it. However, also from the article: “As a community, we have chosen causes we want to support.”, where was this decided (again, this is from an outsiders perspective, if it was in the members general, I would not know)? There was at least one member that was opposing it, and several non, but they were silenced. So to discuss: “The community we try to foster is one where people are not harmed. No one is harmed by a Pride month, or by our logo suddenly being a rainbow. You may personally dislike it, but you are free to ignore it.” I do fully agree with that statement, but I don’t believe that people were harmed/offended by the idea of a pride month or logo, just that their opinion wasn’t respected and was silenced, like they are less of a member of the community. There were some valid points that were raised, but they were just kind of brushed to the side, when they instead could have been thought provoking questions that could have been a good discussion.
Hopefully no one takes this post as an insult, or takes it personally, I just wanted to give my perspective of what all happened and as a goal of keeping everyone working together as a community.