Pride Month: Why is it so important?

Scott Coleman-Allan

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Pride Month is an annual observance held in June to celebrate the LGBTQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning, and other diverse sexual orientations and gender identities) community. It serves as a commemoration of the progress made in the fight for LGBTQ+ rights, as well as a reminder of the ongoing challenges and inequalities that the community faces.

The importance of Pride Month lies in its historical significance and its role in promoting visibility, acceptance, and equality for the LGBTQ+ community. Below are some key reasons why Pride Month is important to celebrate both personally and within your organization.

> Commemorating LGBTQ+ History

Pride Month has its roots in the Stonewall Riots, a series of spontaneous demonstrations that took place in June 1969 following a police raid at the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in New York City. These events marked a turning point in the LGBTQ+ rights movement, igniting a wave of activism and advocacy. Pride Month honors the bravery and resilience of those who fought for LGBTQ+ rights and recognizes the progress made since then.

> Promoting Visibility and Awareness

Pride Month provides a platform for LGBTQ+ individuals to be visible and celebrated. It offers an opportunity for people to share their stories, express their identities, and showcase the diverse contributions of the LGBTQ+ community to society. By raising awareness about LGBTQ+ issues, Pride Month helps combat stereotypes, prejudices, and discrimination, fostering understanding and acceptance.

> Advocating for LGBTQ+ Rights

Pride Month serves as a reminder that the fight for LGBTQ+
rights are not over. It amplifies the voices of the community and advocates for legal protections, equal rights, and social justice. It encourages individuals and organizations to take action, support LGBTQ+ causes, and work towards creating a more inclusive society for all.

> Supporting LGBTQ+ Individuals

Pride Month plays a crucial role in providing support and

solidarity to LGBTQ+ individuals, particularly those who may be struggling with their identities or facing societal challenges. It creates safe spaces where individuals can connect with others, find acceptance, and access resources and support networks. Pride events, such as parades and festivals, offer a sense of community and celebration, helping to combat isolation and promote mental health and well-being.

> Inspiring Future Generations

Pride Month has a profound impact on young LGBTQ+ individuals who may be coming to terms with their identities or facing discrimination. It offers hope, inspiration, and role models, showcasing that it is possible to lead authentic and fulfilling lives.

By fostering an environment of acceptance and celebration, Pride Month encourages young LGBTQ+ individuals to embrace their true selves and pursue their dreams.

Pride Month is a vital time for celebrating the LGBTQ+ community, honoring its history, advocating for rights, and promoting acceptance. It serves as a reminder that there is still work to be done to achieve full equality and inclusivity, and it empowers individuals and communities to continue the fight for LGBTQ+ rights.

> Scott Coleman-Allan

Scott is the Director of Global DE&I, Talent & Strategy at mthree. For the past 12 years, Scott’s specialisation has centered on refining talent acquisition methods and driving impactful DE&I initiatives across various organisations across the globe.


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