A Brief History of Pride

The following is a guest post written by our partners at Instinct Magazine.

What’s that saying? Something like, “How do you know where you’re going if you don’t know where you’ve been?”

Well, at Instinct, we know that means a lot. Pride Month is not just an excuse to drink until you fall asleep with a slice of pizza glued to your chest at your local Pride festival. Pride Month is a time to celebrate all of the reasons we have to be proud.

In this day and age of information overload and 24/7 media, it’s easy to forget what happened just last week, never mind last year. Sure, we remember the major milestones, but sometimes it’s those smaller moments that slip away. Yet, all too often, it’s those memories that end up making the biggest differences.

This got us thinking — what’s made us proud over the past 13 years since Instinct first hit the newsstands? Well, from the political to the cultural, the historical to the hysterical, we’ve combed through the history books and our dresser drawers to compile a brief history of Pride!

  • 1997 — 36 million viewers watched Ellen DeGeneres’ character Ellen Morgan come out as a lesbian on the popular sitcom Ellen.
  • 1998 — Will & Grace hits airwaves, giving us thousands of “Just Jack” moments for years to come.
  • 1999 — Vermont becomes the first state in the country to legally recognize civil unions between gay or lesbian couples. The law states that these “couples would be entitled to the same benefits, privileges, and responsibilities as spouses.”
  • 2001 — The Netherlands becomes the first nation to grant same-sex marriage.
  • 2003 — Queer Eye for the Straight Guy premieres on Bravo, introducing a vast majority of Americans to everyday gay men and manscaping.
  • 2004 — June 27 marks the 35th Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. 2.5 million people attend the Pride parade in Sao Paulo, Brazil, making it the world’s biggest Pride parade ever.
  • 2005 — Brokeback Mountain premieres with 2 major (straight) Hollywood leading men playing the roles of gay lovers. Both Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger would go on to be nominated for Oscars for their roles.
  • 2007 — Neil Patrick Harris, our favorite former child-doc turned sassy heartthrob, comes out of the closet.
  • 2007 — Milk sweeps the Oscars, complete with a riveting win and acceptance speech by out screenwriter Dustin Lance Black.
  • 2009 — On October 28, Obama signs the Matthew Sheppard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act into law.
  • 2009 — Marking a historic first, Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’s most vocal activists Lt. Col. Victor Fehrenbach and Lt. Dan Choi pose together on Instinct’s Leading Men cover.
  • 2009 — Estimates vary, but on October 11 100,000 GLBT community members and allies take to the streets of D.C. for the historic March on Washington — demanding full equality in all capacities.
  • 2010 — Ricky Martin comes out of the closet.
  • 2010 — Laura Bush comes out in defense of marriage equality.

Okay … so, we know this isn’t everything, but it’s a short list of some pretty proud moments! Progress and Pride, what could be better?

How to Monitor Your Car Repairs Online

We’re going out on a limb here in saying that accidents are no fun. Here at Esurance, we look for ways to make the claim and repair process as painless and straightforward as possible. The ability to monitor your car repairs online is one of the unique features available during what can be a stressful time. And here’s a little background info on exactly how it works.

So you’re a customer (terrific) and you’ve been in an accident (not terrific). After you’ve filed your claim, make sure to take your car to one of our approved E-star facilities. Your dedicated claims rep can help you find one in your neighborhood. It should be noted that this feature is also available to the other driver involved, regardless of who their insurance company is.

Once the repairs are under way and your car’s in the shop, you can log into your online repair monitoring account at anytime.

You’ll immediately see photos of your car’s repairs that are uploaded by the body shop throughout the repair process. And, in this age of sharing absolutely everything about your life, you can easily send these photos to your friends and family by clicking on the “email photos” link below each snapshot.

If you have any questions at all, like “Where’s my bumper?” for example, you’ll be able to email your repair shop directly. Your mechanic will write back with all the info you need, like “on its way!”

And just so you don’t have to add “track repairs” to your to-do list, you can sign up for automatic alerts. We’ll email or text you (your choice) whenever new photos are posted.

So that’s the inside scoop on one of our favorite insurance innovations. If you ever do need to file a claim with us, rest assured that we’re working hard to make the experience as easy as possible.

Esurance at Sasquatch

Two weeks ago, we shared our recipe for the perfect road trip. Taking our own advice, last weekend we road-tripped north to the majestic Pacific Northwest for the 9th-annual Sasquatch! Music Festival at the scenic Gorge Amphitheatre.

What follows is a running diary of Esurance at Sasquatch. Enjoy!

Friday, May 28 – 9:52 a.m.
Before we can hit the road, we have to hit the skies. The Esurance crew assembles at Gate 80 of the San Francisco International Airport for our flight to Seattle. A glance at the local weather report reveals a chance of rain, but (being naíve Californians) we’re optimistic we’ll be spared.

Friday – 12:26 p.m.
No such luck! Our flight touches down at SeaTac amid a steady drizzle. But, knowing the Gorge is over a 100 miles east, we press on — unfazed by a soggy Seattle. After all, rain is par for the course in this part of the world.

Friday– 1:39 p.m.
We arrive at Enterprise via shuttle to pick up our official road trip vehicle: A 2010 Chrysler minivan. It’s spacious, smooth, and has that much-sought-after and fast-fleeting new car scent — perfect!

Friday – 2:13 p.m.
Hungry, we crowdsource to Twitter for lunch suggestions in Seattle. @ryannorton suggests 7 Star Pepper, a Szechuan restaurant in Seattle’s International District. Absolutely delicious and a valuable lesson learned: When in doubt, ask the locals.

Friday – 3:15 p.m.
With our stomachs full and our belief in the power of social media confirmed, we head east on I-90, past posh Mercer Island and beautiful Bellevue. One word to describe Seattle: verdant. It’s clear why Washington’s called the Evergreen State.

Friday – 4:28 p.m.
Time for a pit stop at a Chevron along the Snoqualmie Pass. Only 60 miles to go before we reach our Day 1 destination: Ellensburg. Woohoo!

Friday – 6:28 p.m.
We arrive safely and check in at the Holiday Inn Express in Ellensburg. We’re not exactly roughin’ it like many of the Sasquatch campers, but making the obligatory “we did stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night” joke is (naturally) more important. Plus, we need our beauty rest. Big day tomorrow!

Saturday – 7:30 a.m.
We fuel up on a very continental breakfast before venturing the final 45 miles to the Gorge. The festival gates don’t open until 11, but our booth isn’t going to set up itself.

Saturday – 8:43 a.m.
We get our first look at the Gorge Amphitheatre, and it’s truly as scenic and beautiful as advertised. The amphitheatre overlooks the Columbia River Gorge, and really, pictures don’t begin to do it justice. Really.

Saturday – 11:54 a.m.
The gates to the venue open and concertgoers pour in by the hundreds. Dawes is about to kick things off on the Honda Bigfoot Solar Stage. The weather couldn’t be better … no signs of rain. Let the festival begin!

Saturday – 2:35 p.m.
Carpool rewards! We’re giving away tumblers to the folks who carpooled using our Zimride-powered carpool portal. And they’re going fast — all told, more than 850 rides were posted for the festival as far away as Connecticut. Rock on, our carpooling buddies. Rock on.

Saturday – 4:37 p.m.
The folks from Polite in Public are offering free photos at our booth, and word seems to be spreading, because there’s been a line all day! Everyone’s having a lot of fun (us included).

Saturday – 11:36 p.m.
Sasquatch Day 1 is nearly in the books. Highlights include The National, Vampire Weekend, and an epic set from My Morning Jacket. Deadmau5 is tearing up the late show on the Bigfoot stage right now. So far, it’s been an incredible festival.

Sunday – 2:35 p.m.
We’re giving away 2 Trek Cruiser bikes at the Esurance booth and festival-goers are loving it. Lots of folks stopping by asking to take it for a spin. We’ll give one bike to the winner of the Esurance “Best Driver” Contest and another to the winner of our sweepstakes.

Sunday – 7:50 p.m.
Near the end of the day, Jeff leads the Esurance “Best Driver” Contest with a seemingly untouchable time of 1:15:76. We’ll see if anyone can beat his time tomorrow to take home the Cruiser bike.

Sunday – 11:57 p.m.
Day 2 winds down. As Booka Shade energizes the crowd during the late show on the Bigfoot Stage, we reflect on a great day of music and art. Some of our favs: Rob Riggle’s comedy set in the Verizon Rumpus Room (POW!), Kid Cudi, Dirty Projectors, LCD Soundsystem, and Massive Attack.

Monday – 2:04 p.m.
Day 3 is underway, and it appears our good fortune with the weather has finally come to an end. The rains, they are a-fallin’, and everyone’s grabbing the free ponchos being handed out by event staff.

Monday – 2:08 p.m.
False alarm! The sun returns from behind those Sasquatch-darkening clouds, and we put our ponchos away … for now.

Monday – 4:21 p.m.
Jeff’s time from day 1 didn’t hold up in the Esurance “Best Driver” Contest. With an outstanding 1:14:21, Matt wins the Cruiser! If he had it his way, he’d ride the bike home.

Monday – 11:39 p.m.
Sadly, the festival is over. We made it through a whirlwind weekend of outstanding music, wonderful people and amazing weather. Tomorrow, we hit the road once more — back to Seattle, back to the skies, and back to San Francisco.

Additional highlights from Day 3: Drive-By Truckers, Dr. Dog, Band of Horses, MGMT, and Ween. Awesome!

Related links

Sasquatch! Music Festival’s official site
Sasquatch on Facebook