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LGBT+ pride – then & now

  • Posted on June 14, 2017

Diversity and inclusion as a concept certainly isn’t new, but it remains a central topic in many areas  – from pop culture to the board room. Today we see many leaders and leading companies staying on the forefront of diversity and inclusion, standing up and speaking out against discrimination and inequality. Personally, I am proud to be part of a company that not only supports who I am and my voice, but also allows me to express that individuality in the workplace without fear of discrimination or isolation. To honor that, Avanade along with many companies, social groups, community organizations and individuals celebrate Pride month during June.

What happens during Pride month? We see many large-scale parades, events and gatherings that attract a diverse range of the LGBT+ community members and allies. I’m honored to say that Avanade is one of those allies. Across the globe, Avanade is both hosting as well as participating in numerous Pride month celebrations, knowledge shares, and community events, some of which we have partnered with Accenture and Microsoft on, bringing together support from our Power of 3 Alliance. In addition to support during Pride month, Avanade’s participation spans across the rest of the year with events and activities coordinated through Prism, Avanade’s LGBT+ ally network. But let’s take a look back at how, and where, Pride month began and why it’s an important milestone for so many of us.

Pride Month – where it all started

Pride is generally celebrated in June with events throughout the month to commemorate the anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion in New York City on June 28, 1969, which is considered one of the most influential events leading up to the modern gay liberation movement. In the 1960’s very few establishments welcomed gay people, and it was common for LGBT establishments to be raided by police. Following a police raid at Stonewall, the New York gay community felt targeted by police with the continuation of raids at places in which they found refuge. Stonewall was a breaking point; and soon after the raid began, it spilled into New York City streets. During the days that followed the demonstrations formed what we now know as the Gay Liberation Front, and were joined by other gay, lesbian, and bisexual civil rights organizations. Pride month looks to recognize the history that has been fought for equal rights, including the Stonewall Rebellion, and celebrates the accomplishments that we’ve made so far.

While Pride creates a moment for the community and allies to come together, celebrate and raise awareness; it also allows for reflection of how far we’ve come and what work we still need to do. At Avanade, we believe everyone counts and that everyone’s voice is part of our overall identity. During Pride month take a moment to celebrate yourself and those around you, and know that across communities, genders, cultures you are valued and celebrated.

 

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