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.