Paizo has a well-earned reputation for inclusion in mainstream tabletop. And all that is 100% the hard work of ground-level folks: developers, freelancers, and especially editors.
Management views... well, the president still refers to gay employees as "little f*ggots"
That isn't to say "don't buy their books and don't play their games." All companies are like families: some good people doing their best, some awful people usually in positions of power, a creepy uncle or two.
And the ground-level people are there because of a genuine LOVE of gaming and community-building. I am not exaggerating much when I say almost any Paizo employee could get a better salary working Fast Food.
If you do interact with them, make your feelings clear: That you buy Pathfinder or Starfinder BECAUSE the queer and racial and accessible content is important to you, and that you want their employees to be treated better
Some of my favorite people in the world still work at Paizo.
But some of my other favorite people don't, because they got forced out for being uppity, or because they burned out fighting their managers, or burned out having to constantly work extra freelance to pay rent.

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