Y’all means all in the South, and that includes people who are LGBTQIA! This area is known for its southern hospitality, but for some who live here, that hospitality can’t be taken for granted. We want to change that.
If you see a business with this decal, it means they are striving to be an affirming business. They are open and welcoming towards people of all sexual orientations, races, and gender expressions. This is an indication of a great place to spend your time and your money.
If you see this logo on someone’s house, car, or t-shirt, it means they welcome and appreciate neighbors of all different gender expressions, sexual orientations, and races.
Meaning behind the logo:
We wanted to create an image that was both easily recognizable in its meaning, and specific to our area. So we took the state of Alabama and filled it with a rainbow flag. The rainbow flag has been the symbol of the LGBTQ+ community since 1978 when it was debuted at a PRIDE festival by its creator, Gilbert Baker. There have been several different versions of the flag since then, but we chose what is known as the “Philly Rainbow Flag“. It includes a black and brown stripe to specifically represent people of color in our community. And finally, we put a heart over Lee County. Home is where the heart is, after all.
All Are Welcome at:
Akridge & Balch, P.C. is a full-serviced civil law firm based in Auburn, AL with over 60 years of experience. Their primary practice areas are business and real estate law, estate planning and probate law, and divorce and family law. Mediation services are available. Location: 852 N Dean Rd Suite 100, Auburn, AL 36830. Phone Number: 334-887-0884
Better Bodies Massage offers caring, clinical massage and bodywork in Opelika, AL. Their therapists and students specialize in results-based massage for pain relief and relaxation. Clinical, out-come based massage aids in recovery from work-related injuries, accidents, and chronic medical conditions.
Ampersand Wine is a wine bar in the heart of Downtown Opelika. They offer the largest wine-by-the-glass selection in the Southeast. Ampersand is also a sponsor for our local Pride Festival, Pride on the Plains.
Irish Bred Pub is the place to be in Historic Downtown Opelika – a place where people gather, exchange ideas, make new friends, catch up with old friends. At Irish Bred Pub’s restaurant you will enjoy locally grown vegetables, fresh beef, chicken, and seafood served by the area’s friendliest service staff. Irish Bred Pub is also a sponsor for our local Pride Festival, Pride on the Plains.
Clinical Psychologists, P.C. is a group practice of psychologists serving the Auburn-Opelika and East Alabama area since 1980. If you are faced with a difficult life challenge, overwhelming feelings of sadness or anxiety, unexpected illness, relationship problems, or are making a transition in your life and need some guidance, you may want to talk with a psychologist at Clinical Psychologists, PC (CPPC).
The Kreher Preserve & Nature Center (KPNC) is a 120-acre preserved, managed wilderness that is an outreach resource of Auburn University’s School of Forestry & Wildlife Sciences. They offer over 6 miles of hiking trails and have many features from a turtle pond to historic homestead site, butterfly garden to nature playground, and many more. KPNC offer programs, workshops, community events, facility rentals, camps, and East Alabama’s first nature preschool, Woodland Wonders. The mission of the KPNC is to promote a sense of stewardship towards nature and we do so for EVERY age group, for the ENTIRE community, and through many mechanisms including education, recreation, research, and leisure.
Auburn Professional Counseling provides outpatient counseling by three affirming therapists who have over 50 years of combined experience. All Are Welcome at Auburn Professional Counseling!
Mama Mochas sells coffee beans that we LOVE. Sourcing it, roasting it, brewing it- they’re obsessed, dude. Community is their heart in the Auburn/Opelika, Alabama area- but they have customers all over this great country that they’ve been dealing coffee to for years. Try it out and see for yourself why so many have swapped over to Mama Mochas small batch roasted coffee with personal notes of love.
Collaborative Counseling provides compassionate, client-centered therapy to adults on issues such as anxiety and depression, self-confidence/self-esteem, gender dysphoria and relationship and life transition issues such as graduation, divorce and retirement. We seek to ensure that all clients are respected and treated with dignity. Located at 500 Auburn Drive, Auburn, AL, Collaborative Counseling is just a couple of miles from the campus of Auburn University. Appointments can be scheduled online at www.amyphillipscounseling.com or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Unity Wellness Center provides HIV testing & counseling, HIV primary medical care, medical case management services, and HIV prevention education and awareness programs. We serve residents of Lee, Macon, Chambers, Russell and Tallapoosa Counties in east Alabama. Our goals are to increase testing, awareness and education in our communities to reduce new infections; to provide high-quality, compassionate care so that people with HIV never develop AIDS; and to advocate for funding and laws that improve access and quality of care.
10,000 Hz Records is a shop in Opelika, AL that sells new and used vinyl records. It’s a great place to browse and find a little something that moves you.
Auburn Unitarian Universalist Fellowship is a community dedicated to affirming a reverence for life and enriching the spiritual lives of its members.
AUUF honors the one and the many; AUUF welcomes a diversity of thoughts, beliefs and passions.
Decals are awarded to businesses that are actively working in our community to create affirming atmospheres for their customers and employees regardless of race, gender expression and/or sexual orientation. All businesses on this list were nominated by members of our local community who noticed the good work being done.
Here are some ways a business might work to make its customers and employees feel more welcome and safe:
- Having dress codes that are not gender specific.
- Having all gender restrooms or gender-neutral restrooms available.
- Having a clear and visible anti-harassment policy that specifically includes LGBTQ+ employees and customers and explicitly does not tolerate derogatory language.
- Striving to avoid making assumptions about people’s sexual orientation and gender identity.
- Striving to respect confidentiality on gender and sexuality with employees and customers.
- Always using a person’s correct pronouns if they have expressed them to you.