We are extremely excited to be joining the celebrations for Pride Month this year alongside countless individuals and businesses across the world.
June 1969 was when the Stonewall riots took place in New York City. While the ongoing fight for equality has been going on for a lot longer, Stonewall is seen by many as the start of the campaign for gay rights in the US. Since then, June has been declared Pride Month across the US, with many other countries, including the UK, also adopting this.
Pride Month can, and should, be celebrated by everyone coming together in love and friendship, regardless of their sexuality. It is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate acceptance and equality, the work of LGBTQ+ people, and LGBTQ+ history. It also calls for us to remember how damaging homophobia was and still can be, raising awareness of issues affecting the LGBTQ+ community, and drawing attention to the work that still needs to be done
In the UK today all the main anti-gay laws have been abolished, and public attitudes are more supportive in general. However, it is important for everyone to remember that many countries still class same-sex relations as illegal. Even in the UK and US, we are still contending with discriminatory attitudes and legislation, which is why it is so important for individuals and businesses to show their support for Pride this month, and beyond.
Our people have always been our biggest asset, and as we continue to grow, it has become even more essential to us that every single one of our colleagues knows that we care about them, value them, and are 100% behind them. Throughout the course of June, we will be sharing our insights on different Pride-related topics through a series of blogs, as well as encouraging discussion amongst the Team to promote year-round awareness and education.