Eric Wesley is the senior HR director of SiriusXM. Before that, he worked for Amazon for over 6 years as the senior manager dealing with information security. Eric is a graduate of Mississippi State University and has a BS in Mathematics.
George Robinson IV is the senior CRM manager for SiriusXM with over 8 years of marketing experience. Just like his husband, he worked as a marketing specialist at Amazon. He is a graduate of Patten University and holds an associate degree with a concentration in business.
ERIC AND GEORGE’S STORY
How long did you date before marriage?
George: We knew each other for about two to three years before we started dating. It’s always funny when we’re trying to calculate the amount of time because we were friends for a long time before we started dating, then eventually transitioned to marriage. So, we’ve known each other since 2016, and then I think we started dating in 2018 and got married this year.
That’s great. So how did you guys meet?
George: Okay, so it’s a funny story. We worked at the same company before and saw each other at events in passing, so that’s how we initially knew each other but we actually met at the Christmas party of someone I used to date. We hung out there, became friends, had a good time then, and just kept it going.
Wow, that’s interesting. So, what does pride mean to you now?
Eric: Pride to me is being able to be your true authentic self without any worry or concern of repercussion or retribution for you just living your life out loud of who you are. And so, pride month and pride celebrations give us the opportunity to stop and recognize where we are and how we live unapologetically. But I think that should be exhibited every day.
And you, George.
George: I think I’ll piggyback off what he is saying and say there are two meanings for me:
- Being your authentic self, just who you are, and enjoying that.
- The other one I think is love. Just being able to love how you want to love and express the way you feel.
What would you like to change about pride?
Eric: I think much like a lot of the mainstream holidays, there is commercialization that happens with pride, and it becomes more of a moneymaker for corporations versus actually looking into investing in our community and meeting the needs of the community. So, I would like to see some level of investment that happens. It’s fine to be commercial like most of the holidays. However, what actually are these companies investing in our community that allow our lives to be better? They need to invest in our community.
So, what do you like about each other? George first.
George: Everything. I think that there’s a great balance between us. He is my opposite, but also my equal. I’ll tell you some of the great things I mentioned on our wedding day during the vows: He’s strong, smart, passionate, and cares deeply. He is my foundation.
And you, Eric, what do you like about George?
Eric: Yeah, I think similar to what he said on the opposites piece. We like and enjoy a lot of the same things. That’s one of the things that drew us together as friends but there is still a balance. I’m much an introvert and he is an extrovert. And being able to pour into each other’s energy as needed and he sees things ahead for me that I don’t always see and vice versa. And I like that being able to feel safe, knowing that someone knows me and cares about me as much as they do themselves to be thinking of me in that way.
How do you think pride month should be celebrated?
Eric: Yeah. I think that question touches on what I was saying earlier. Organizations and companies, with all the things that are happening in the world where they’re trying to chip away at rights for our community, the true celebration of pride for organizations or companies would be to
“Find a cause and go out there and put forth the effort to prevent some of these things that are happening and support us in moving things ahead so that we have the same rights equal as everyone else.”
We live that way, but we want our government and the products and the services and the companies that we support to also be supporting us in that same way.
Thank you so much, guys. It was great having you.
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