Pride Month 2020

In light of what's happening today, the history of Pride Month can teach us about moving forward. 

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| 6/25/2020
Pride Month History 2020
June's Pride Month is the celebration of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning (LGBTQ+) community and the impact LGBTQ+ people have had in the world. Pride Month recognizes a time when protests created awareness of deep-seated problems and energized people to take action to create substantial change. On June 28, 1969, New York City's Public Morals Division officers, a unit of the police department, raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in Greenwich Village. Marsha P. Johnson, a Black, transgender woman and drag queen, spoke up and demanded her civil rights, a move that prompted others to join her, resisting arrest and injustice. Thousands returned the next night to continue the protest, which lasted for six days. While Stonewall was not the start of the LGBTQ+ movement, the intensity of these riots helped elevate the cause to a new level. Media coverage allowed others to see for themselves the LGBTQ+ struggle, helping them to relate and support those fighting for their rights. While the struggle for LGBTQ+ rights and equality continues, there have been great strides – including last week's U.S. Supreme Court landmark ruling that prohibits discrimination in the workplace based on sexual orientation.

 

"Pride is a celebration of how far we've come – not only as LGBTQ+ individuals, but as a people, and it's been possible with the backing and support of countless allies. Just like what we're seeing today in the Black Lives Matter protests, the push for fair treatment started with peaceful protests and marches and involvement in the political process and discourse," said Eric Russell, co-lead of the Pride BRG. Rachel Shaw Callahan, co-lead of the Pride BRG, added, "The Pride BRG supports all of our colleagues in the fight for a truly inclusive work environment, one where each person feels comfortable bringing their authentic self to work. It's important that we have conversations with each other about inclusion, belonging, equality and anti-racist behaviors. I encourage everyone to join one or all BRGs to learn more." You can help the movement for equality by joining any or all of Crowe's Business Resource Groups – African American, Asian, Latino, Pride, Young Professionals and Women Leading@Crowe