Meet our LGBTQ+ team

Bursting with PRIDE

As we celebrate PRIDE, our LGBTQ+ team members have kindly sat down with us to create a mini-series surrounding Pride and what it means to them to be a part of the LGBTQ+ community. Gratefully, we have been able to get an insight into their lives a little more as they have shared these experiences, life mottos, and more with us today. 

We sit, stand, dance and parade still to this day fighting for rights for the LGBTQ+ community. We do all of this in remembrance of those we have lost, who had fought for the basic right to love, and most importantly LIVE. Remember, supporting the LGBTQ+ community is important every single day and not only through June.


Meet Valentin

Trades Sales Representative

Q: How long have you been with Cult and do you enjoy your work life?

A: I have been working with Cult for 2 and a half years now and since the very beginning, I have always been accepted for who I am and what I believe in. (This includes my crazy outfits!)

Q: What does Pride mean to you?

A: To me, Pride is a party celebrating life and love. Love for others and self love. It is a victory in a world that is still not fair to many of us.


Q: What advice would you give your younger self?

‘Don’t be so harsh on yourself.’


Q: If you had to pick a life motto to live by, what would it be?

A: I am so proud to be part of and represent such a beautiful and diverse community. I hope this will get people interested in the variety of life experiences that make up our community.

Q: Is there anything else you’d like to say around this piece celebrating Pride and LGBTQ+ life?

A: Pride might only last a month but it is essential to keep caring, listening and loving LGBTQ+ people all year round. The conversation must keep happening if we want to achieve a fairer, more inclusive world.


Meet Becka

Product & Design Strategist

Q: How long have you been with Cult and how do you enjoy your work life?

A: I’ve been with Cult for 7 ½ years now, wow that’s crazy when I say it out loud! I love my life here, the team is great and I’ve loved seeing the company grow so much over the years. I love how open-minded and accepting everyone is, it’s so great to be in a positive environment with like-minded people. I know we are lucky.. not everyone has this experience.

Q: What does Pride mean to you?

A: I love Pride! To me, Pride is a huge celebration of the LGBTQ community and what it stands for.  The struggles so many millions of people have experienced over the years is heartbreaking. Pride represents everyone, and is all about people coming together showing acceptance, support and mostly teaching us all to be proud of who we are. I think it’s so important for people to understand what Pride really means, if you don’t know just google it it will open your eyes for sure! 

Q: If you had to pick a life motto to live by, what would it be?

A: Living by The Power of Now, which means not to worry about the past, you can’t change it, just learn from it.. and don’t project fear into your future, enjoy the now, the present moment!


Q: What advice would you give your younger self?

‘To be more confident and not worry about what other people think, they will surprise you!’


Q: How do you feel about repping the Cult LQBTQ+ team today?

A: I feel super proud to be standing up with the rest of the amazing team today! I think it’s amazing we can stand strong as a company to represent all that Pride stands for. So many companies would not allow employees to do the same but we are definitely lucky here everyone is so open-minded and nonjudgemental..which is exactly how it should be. If it helps spread some love and joy for the community, helps anyone struggling and to educate those who don’t know about the struggles that many LQBTQ people face… then our job is done!

Q: Do you have any experiences you’d like to share that might help others?

A: Just to always listen to your heart, not your head. I was 28 when I met my first and only girlfriend who is now my fiancee. I experienced so much worry and anxiety at times about what people would think, would our relationship be accepted? I often got asked if it was a phase which I understood, as I was older than some others stepping into this LQBTQ world ..  but it’s also quite insulting to both myself and my partner especially as it was still being asked 3 years into our relationship. Even now we occasionally experience strangers (often guys) not believing us..just because people don’t think we “look gay” it’s crazy… What does gay even look like?!  Luckily with friends and family, I was proved so wrong with my worries… My friends and family were so positive and took it in their stride, no one cared, everyone loved and supported us so I’m really happy and proud of them all for this.

Q: Is there anything else you’d like to say around this piece celebrating Pride and LGBTQ+ life?

A: Just for everyone to educate themselves, ask questions, and show everyone love and kindness. Don’t be judgemental, just show compassion and understanding. Yes, we’re highlighting and speaking about our stories this month but it shouldn’t end at the end of June, keep the love and conversations flowing!


Meet Zack

Junior Merchandiser

Q:What does pride mean to you?

A: Pride to me is a celebration of the whole LGBTQ+ community and a remembrance for those we’ve lost along the journey to get us to where we are today but also a stark reminder that the works not done.

Q: How do you feel about repping the Cult LQBTQ+ team today?

A: Being given the space and opportunity to celebrate and embrace the LGBTQ+ community in the workplace is so important, it builds a safe place for all employees, somewhere you can breathe and relax without that underlining feeling of having to project a false representation of yourself to conform which is too common within our community.


Q: What advice would you give your younger self? 

‘I think don’t build up so many walls and let others in – still working on that one.’


Q: If you had to pick a life motto to live by, what would it be?

A: Sounds corny, but do what makes you happy.

Q: Do you have any experiences you’d like to share that might help others?

A: Find your people and when you do cherish all the moments you have with them, the good and bad, because strip out all the material things in the world all we have is each other.  


Meet Tequila

Senior Account Manager

Q: How long have you been with Cult and do you enjoy your work life?

A: I’ve been with Cult for 7 long, hard, exciting, and rewarding years. I love my work life particularly because I enjoy implementing changes to improve customer experience and growing the business. Believe me, no 2 days are the same at Cult and I love the vibe that we have within the team.

Q: What does Pride mean to you?

A: This is a great question as I’ve never really sat down and thought about how I fit into Pride as though it’s a movement or construct that has bounds, boxes and rules that must be met for it to be applicable. I guess, for me, Pride is just having the guts to simply love and be loved.

Q: If you had to pick a life motto to live by, what would it be?

A: Well, this is an easy one for me as I have my life motto tattooed on my forearm in case I ever forget. It’s the Serenity prayer which literally means everything to me. If I didn’t have Serenity, I wouldn’t be at peace with myself. I simply wouldn’t be here if I wasn’t able to come to terms with my truth. Not only that, but so many things happen in life that could potentially ruin your inner peace and positive state of mind. When things get rough, you have to weigh things up and get to the point where you can decide whether it’s worth being so bothered about. Can I fix this? Can I change that? If it’s a no, then it’s about closing that door and moving on. If it’s something that I can control, it’s all about dealing with it head on as quickly as possible so you can get back to your zen!


Q: What advice would you give your younger self?

‘OMG! I wish I knew that my family would be so accepting of me so this is what I would say… Don’t worry, mum and dad love you way too much to see you suffer so just come out and live your life! You won’t be abandoned or ridiculed in the street and if you are, you’ll see just how strong you can be. This is not something that you can change as much as you want to try so just embrace it!’


Q: If you had to pick a life motto to live by, what would it be?

A: Well, this is an easy one for me as I have my life motto tattooed on my forearm in case I ever forget. It’s the Serenity prayer which literally means everything to me. If I didn’t have Serenity, I wouldn’t be at peace with myself. I simply wouldn’t be here if I wasn’t able to come to terms with my truth. Not only that, but so many things happen in life that could potentially ruin your inner peace and positive state of mind. When things get rough, you have to weigh things up and get to the point where you can decide whether it’s worth being so bothered about. Can I fix this? Can I change that? If it’s a no, then it’s about closing that door and moving on. If it’s something that I can control, it’s all about dealing with it head on as quickly as possible so you can get back to your zen!

Q: How do you feel about repping the Cult LQBTQ+ team today?

A: I feel great knowing that I’m at a stage in my life where I can really embrace who I am alongside others who have had similar experiences. I’m proud to work for such a diverse company. I’ve never been made to feel uncomfortable and that has helped with my confidence. The whole community has come a long way and hopefully make life a little easier for the next generation.

Q: Do you have any experiences you’d like to share that might help others?

A: Being Black, Gay and Female, I should have a world of issues since there’s so much discrimination against all that I am. I can’t say that any of these things have hindered my progression in life. I’ve always had the “why not?” mindset and if I want to achieve something, I will. I’m the first person to have come out in my family, including cousins, aunties and uncle’s so believe me, it was daunting. Thankfully they were all so cool and didn’t treat me any different but I know this is not everyone’s experience and I am so lucky and grateful for that. However, I didn’t get the same welcome from someone in my partner’s family and that really hurt my spirit and still does today as we now share a child after almost 7 years together.

I’m battling with the desire for our family to be coherent and include them, but I also feel the need to protect my child from anyone who may have distasteful statements to make or may treat my daughter differently because she has 2 mums! This is all new so I’m still living through the experience, but what I can say is that LGBTQ+ shouldn’t be discouraged from having their own family. I find that so many feel that it’s out of reach or others will take issue with it. They probably will but at the end of the day, you deserve the chance to have a family just as much as anyone else. As long as you can love and nurture your child, that’s all that should matter. Don’t let the world’s perception of you or who they think you should be, determine what choices you make. Create your own definition of yourself and do whatever makes you happy!


Meet Tashana

Creative Copywriter

Q: How long have you been with Cult and how do you enjoy your work life?

A: I have been with Cult for just over 10 months and I absolutely LOVE it. Working in such a creative space full of like-minded people is exactly where I need to be.

Q: What does Pride mean to you?

A: Pride to me is a celebration of inclusivity and love in all forms between the LGBTQ+ community. To me it is also a remembrance of all those who have fought and are still fighting for the LGBTQ+ community today, giving so many the confidence to be proud of who they are!


Q: What advice would you give your younger self?

‘The stereotype that having a gay parent or parents makes you gay isn’t true. However, you do like men and women and that’s ok!’


Q: If you had to pick a life motto to live by, what would it be?

A: It is what it is, what is meant to be for you will always find its way to you! The universe works in mysterious ways.

Q: How do you feel about repping the Cult LQBTQ+ team today?

A: It feels great to represent a company that shows support to the LGBTQ+ community, sincerely too. As you can find a lot of companies don’t recognise the importance in supporting movements like this.


Meet Anthony

Showroom Advisor

Q: How long have you been with Cult and do you enjoy your work life?

A: I have been with Cult since December and really enjoy the work. I like the fact that I get to talk to people from all around the country every day from all different backgrounds. Everyone I work with is also super lovely and helpful. Being gay and starting a new job is always difficult and stressful as you don’t know the team yet, or how they are when it comes to gay rights or just the LGBTQ+ community in general. This is the first job where I have felt completely comfortable and accepted. And a big part of that is having so many colleagues who are part of the same community as me, especially in managerial positions. In my last job, I had experienced homophobia in many different ways. Managers calling me Antonia behind my back or under their breathes. In another job, one of my bosses referred to me as not a “normal bloke” and said he knew I was gay by my handshake. I cut myself by accident in a previous job and a colleague of mine was so disgusted by my blood and acted like it was diseased. I knew the reason was that I was gay. I can confidently say that I have not experienced any sort of discrimination here at Cult, micro-aggression or otherwise.

Q: What Does Pride mean to you?

A: Pride means almost everything to me. It mostly means love, happiness, equality, and freedom. It also means diversity, inclusivity, and authenticity. I went to my first pride when I was 16 years of age and it changed my life. It was the first time I saw people, like me, being loud and proud of their sexualities/identities. During this time, I was still coming to terms with who I was, so it was a big eye-opener for me. I love being a part of the LGBTQ+ community. We are all so unique, yet similar. Being queer is an absolute blessing. I also think it is very important to highlight the reason we have Pride. We would not have pride today If it wasn’t for people like Marsha P. Johnson and many other black/Latin queer people who are rarely acknowledged. I have the most respect for anyone and everyone who has marched for me to feel more comfortable in the skin I am in. 

Q: If you had to pick a life motto to live by, what would it be?

A: When I was younger, my life motto was “Tomorrow is a different day”. This was me really trying to be optimistic in the self-hating, confusing years of being a queer teenager. I was bullied for a long time throughout Secondary school for being gay which actually made me hate myself and the feelings I was feeling.  The life motto I live by now is “Always be yourself”. It took me a long time to feel like this so this life motto is important to me and should be important to everyone else. I see so many people trying to be someone else. Someone society wants them to be. It’s important to be yourself. There is no one like you. You are unique and beautiful. Staying true to who you are is very empowering. 


Q: What advice would you give to your younger self?

‘If I was to give my younger self advice, it would be to care less about what other people think and say. I would tell myself that being gay is not a disease, it’s actually completely normal and beautiful. I would also tell my younger self to not feel bad for the things that they are feeling. I would tell them to be PROUD of who they are because they are strong, kind, and loving and that’s ALL that counts.’


Q: How do you feel about repping the Cult LGBTQ+ team today?

A: It feels amazing to be able to be the LGBTQ+ representation here at Cult. I feel very noticed and acknowledged to be able to be a part of this. I have always felt very strongly about equal rights. Not just for the LGBTQ+ community, but for other minority groups also. It’s very rare to be able to say that one of the top managers in a company is a Gay, Black, and also a woman. The staff really do represent a company’s values and I feel that Cult Furniture really is extremely inclusive and diverse. 

Q: Do you have any experiences you’d like to share that might help others?

A: I don’t think my personal experiences with being queer are rare. There’s a lot of things queer people have to actively think about every single day. Simple things like going into the barbers can be uncomfortable. Or going into public toilets for some. Everyone assuming your sexuality or gender identity can be very draining. The constant coming out. Feeling like you have to tell every new person you come into contact with, your sexuality. 
I think people need to be less blind to the issues queer people face. Educate yourself. Educating yourself on all issues marginalised people go through is so important. The more educated you are, the less discrimination we will experience. We are all human at the end of the day. We should ALL be/feel equal. 

Q: Is there anything else you’d like to say around this piece celebrating Pride and LGBTQ+ Life?

A: I just want to say that I hope my story/experiences help at least one person. Hopefully, this either educates you or makes you feel more proud to be queer. Be mindful of the people around you. Be kind to one another. Love is love. 

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