Pride Q&A With The Lora DiCarlo Team

Pride Q&A With The Lora DiCarlo Team

Jun 23rd 2022

At Lora DiCarlo, we believe in advocating for LGBTQIA+ rights and supporting marginalized communities 12 months a year. That's why it's important for us to have a diverse team and transparent working culture — so we can keep eachother accountable and ensure that we're creating more inclusive products with the world. After all, we believe it's time to smash the stigma surrounding individuality, authenticity, and full-body empowerment for ALL.

In honor of Pride Month, we turned the mic over to our incredible team to see what "Pride" means to them. Plus, as experts in Lora DiCarlo pleasure products, we asked them what their favorite ones are.

Check out their answers, below!

Tony La Santa (he/him), Global Paid Media Marketing Manager

Q: What Does Pride Mean To You?

It means having visibility to find acceptance in yourself as a member of the LGBTQ+ community. While not everyone's challenge, there are lots of us who have had to weather societal backlash to just being ourselves and living our authenticity. Pride is a celebration of our community, but it also provides a safe space for those still struggling to find their voice, embrace their sexuality, and/or establish a connection with other LGBTQ+ individuals who can help support them through the struggles of LGBTQ+ life.

Q: Favorite Thing About Working at Lora DiCarlo?

The people, hands down. We have some of the greatest talent in each position making working with our team productive and fun. Plus, everyone is enlightened and not just accepts but supports the team members who live our mission through the lens of being a part of the LGBTQ+ community.

Q: Favorite Lora DiCarlo Product?

Tilt is my favorite Lora DiCarlo pleasure product! Not only does it offer warming for muscle-relaxing easy entry, but the various speed and vibration settings allow for a range of sexual stimulation. The ergonomic plug tip provides deep rumbling anal satisfaction while the sculpted external arm excites my perineum simultaneously. For when my partner and I take it on trips to use during romantic, sensual foreplay, Tilt has a travel lock setting making embarrassment impossible. It's also super easy to clean and charge with the magnetic charging cord.  What's not to love?!

Candace Theberge (she/her), HR Manager

Q: What Does Pride Mean To You?

Widely admired achievements for the LGBTQ+ community through spirit, peace and harmony in schools, government, marriage, equality etc.

Q: Favorite Thing About Working at Lora DiCarlo?

My favorite things about working at Lora DiCarlo is the diversity of people on the team and hiring out of the box individuals who are resourceful and dedicated to the mission.

Also I used to be super reserved coming from Northern NH and had no idea what any of these products did for people, nonetheless was it ever educated in our area. I've come far out of the box I felt held in by society.

Q: Favorite Lora DiCarlo Product?

Baci

Liam Garcia (he/him), Director of Marketing Operations & Paid Media

Q: What Does Pride Mean To You?

This is a tough question. "Pride", to me, is about discovering, acknowledging, celebrating, and nurturing all aspects of ourselves, and others, always.

"Pride Month", however, takes on a different meaning for me. I live in Texas, a state that notoriously likes to go after the rights of transgender Texans like me and my partner. Being publicly out and open is not always safe, and it's not always easy but I believe that visibility, especially when it is hard, has the power to change the world. So, my partner and I are publicly out about our gender identity, and sexuality at all times. But it is during this month, in particular, that I find myself reflecting on just how much work we have left to do when the lives of our transgender youth and their families are being threatened, in my state, in my city, today.

When the challenge ahead, all too often, feels overwhelming, I find myself actively looking back at the first brick thrown at Stonewall by Marsha P. Johnson in awe of just how far we have come. There is a reason to celebrate Pride Month, beyond the rainbow. It is a time of renewal; a time to gather and recharge with our friends, families, allies, and loved ones. There's a lot of work left, and we have what it takes to take on what's ahead.

Q: Favorite Thing About Working at Lora DiCarlo?

I genuinely love everything about my work here. Yes, it is challenging at times, but it is challenging in those ways that are typical of disruptive new startups. If I had to pick one thing, it is often the brainstorming sessions we have within the marketing team or with product and engineering when discussing topics such as inclusivity, the diversity of different bodies, and the diversity in the perception and experience of pleasure. We don't shy away from difficult topics and we are all capable of having informative, constructive conversations on some very difficult topics. I couldn't ask for a better team.

Q: Favorite Lora DiCarlo Product?

I have two personal favorites: the Baci, and the Tilt — they both feel very affirming of my gender identity and sexuality and there is nothing quite like a Baci-induced mid-day Saturday nap (lol). My partner is a die-hard fan of Onda ("It gave my first P-Spot only orgasm, ever!"). They asked that I specifically include this: "I cannot wait to get my Curva, y'all did good!"

Elizabeth Reilly (she/her), CMO

Q: What Does Pride Mean To You?

Pride is a chance to dwell in community, to share in collective joy, and to uplift our many splendid voices. And — to remember to do the work — every single day.

Q: Favorite Thing About Working at Lora DiCarlo?

There's never a dull day.

Q: Favorite Lora DiCarlo Product?

Carezza is an MVP in so many instances. Great for foreplay and erogenous zone exploration, it doubles as an acupressure tool for headachy temples, tense neck and shoulder muscles, or other pressure points.

Dror Kogot (she/her), Global Social Media Manager

Q: What Does Pride Mean To You?

Pride to me means embracing yourself fully and standing behind what you believe in, regardless of what others may or may not think. Pride is being firm with your beliefs and being unapologetically yourself! It’s sharing love and acceptance on new levels within our society in order to progress as a whole. Pride is power. Pride is honorable. Pride is an every day mission.

Q: Favorite Thing About Working at Lora DiCarlo?

My favorite thing about working at Lora DiCarlo is getting to meet amazing content creators on social media to partner with and uplift. I get to work with some very inspiring folks who use their platforms to speak up for what they believe in.

Whether these creators share body positivity content, destigmatize sexuality or work tirelessly on being inclusive, they each leave me in awe! It’s very moving to see folks breaking barriers constantly by being so willing to be vulnerable with the internet. Them spreading positivity and insight within their communities and beyond gives me so much hope for our future.

Q: Favorite Lora DiCarlo Product?

I can’t pick just one! I have to say my top two favorite products at Lora DiCarlo have to be the Sway or Baci — Though I really do believe that all of our products are amazing and the toy of the day varies depending on the sensations I prefer on different days. Sway’s versatility alongside its heated capabilities make it such a unique product for both external and internal stimulation for all folks. Sway can also be used during partner play due to its longer handle, making it the ideal product for those who want to explore with a product in both solo and partner play. I love to amp it up and use Sway internally with Baci externally as well. That’s the real power couple.

Jen Powell (she/her), Supply Chain Manager

Q: What Does Pride Mean To You?

Pride means supporting and loving the people in my life who are brave enough to be themselves.

Q: Favorite Thing About Working at Lora DiCarlo?

Lora DiCarlo is a close knit group of people with a phenomenal work ethic. I love the vibe here!

Q: Favorite Lora DiCarlo Product?

Osé 2 and Baci are my favorite products

Brooke Cumming (she/her), Global Digital Content Manager

Q: What Does Pride Mean To You?

Pride to me is about taking a step back and making space for those who's voice needs to be amplified. It's about educating my friends, family, and peers from the small town I grew up in about inclusive language and new ways of thinking.

Pride is a fantastic reminder to ask myself — what else could I be doing to support the LGBTQIA+ community in my everyday life? Are there queer-founded clothing boutiques, grocery stores, and workout studios that I can switch to? What are 3 organizations that I'd like to donate to this year? How can I make MORE space for my many friends, family, and loved ones in the community? 

Q: Favorite Thing About Working at Lora DiCarlo?

My favorite thing about working at Lora DiCarlo would have to be meeting the most incredible, open-minded, and empowering people in the sexual health & wellness industry. Whether it's through an Instagram live, a guest blog writer, or a simple Zoom chat, I feel like I'm learning 100 new things every week!

Q: Favorite Lora DiCarlo Product?

I would have to say — my favorite products are Filare and Carezza. For someone who enjoys a more gentle stimulation level during solo or partner play, these toys are perfect! Plus, Carezza's new Air Sleeve accessory totally transforms the sensation from pulsing to sucking, so it's basically a 2-for-1 device. Score!

Lora DiCarlo (she/they), Founder & CEO

Q: What Does Pride Mean To You?

I repressed my pansexuality, since experiencing the shame of my first girl crush, until my thirties. To me, Pride, is about honoring, affirming, and loving ourselves and those around us, regardless of orientation or preference, but for all we are; just beautiful, graceful, strong, yet vulnerable human beings.

Pride to me is being thankful for those who have suffered and fought before us so that we may hope to live each our lives in all of our colorful, unique, vibrant glory with visibility and without fear or hate. May those before us rest in power and take Pride in the changes still yet to come.

Q: Favorite Thing About Working at Lora DiCarlo?

My team... obviously! From our brilliant in-house engineers designing and creating our world renowned sextech innovations, to our marketers and customer support specialists who are sharing important educational content with the world — this team amazes me every single day. There have been many ups and downs and we still have a long way to go, but I couldn't be more proud of how far we've come already! We are a small group, but we are mighty. 

Q: Favorite Lora DiCarlo Product?

My favorite product would have to be Osé 2 — our award-winning dual stimulator made for mind-blowing blended orgasms. 

If you don’t know what a blended orgasm is, it’s what happens when you stimulate your clitoris and G-spot simultaneously. And I’m not kidding when I say that my first experience having one (with my partner at the time) completely changed my life. As soon as it happened, my first thought was how can I do it again?! That’s when I realized there was nothing on the market that spoke to female and vaginal physiology, and nothing that could recreate that exact sensation. Fast forward a few years, and Osé 2 hit the shelves! Now I have the absolute pleasure of enjoying blended O's whenever and wherever I want — and you can too. 

Pssst... did we mention that Osé 2 is $25 off in celebration of Pride Month?! Click the photo below to order yours today. I hope you love it as much as I do!