The origin of Pride Month dates back to June 1969. There was an uprising when police raided the Stonewall Inn in New York City. A series of events occurred over the course of six days which fundamentally changed the future of LGBTQ+ activism.
It is still a crime to be gay in 64 countries. In Britain, one in five LGBT people have experienced a hate crime because of their sexual orientation or gender identity, and four in five anti-LGBT incidents go unreported.
June has since been dedicated to the celebration and commemoration of the LGBTQ+ community. Pride Month is marked with parades and parties. But the representation for this community goes far beyond a 30-day period of glitter and festivities.
So, how can companies take to support and celebrate their LGBTQ+ employees all year round?
- Ensure Equality, Diversity and Inclusion training is representative of all people
- Create inclusive work experiences and opportunities
- Consider donating to a LGBTQ+ charity to fund topical studies and advocate equity
Pride is not seasonal; it requires employees at all levels to progress and evolve and ultimately show up for the LGBTQ+ community. There is power in representation and allyship.