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Celebrating PRIDE 2022 and supporting our colleagues, communities and allies  

Pride Month

So, what is PRIDE all about?

Pride is all about promoting the equality, self-affirmation and visibility of LGBTQIA+ people, by creating a community and safe space for people to be who they are. The word ‘Pride’ in this sense was first used by Brenda Howard, the organiser of the first LGBTQ Pride March in the wake of the Stonewall Inn riots of 1969. And, while the origins of the choice of that word may be lost to time, it’s a term that’s become meaningful to the community ever since. Pride is about encouraging people to speak up proudly.

On June 28, 1969, police raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay club in Greenwich Village, New York.

The raid led to bar patrons, staff and neighbourhood residents rioting onto Christopher Street outside over the next six days.

The message of the protests was clear - protestors demanded the establishment of places where LGBTQ+ people could go and be open about their sexual orientation without fear of arrest.

How do we celebrate PRIDE?

Pride Month is celebrated every year as a tribute to those who were involved in the Stonewall Riots. During the month of June Pride 2022 is being celebrated around the world and more than 200 parades and celebrations are expected to take place. There are a number of ways you can show your support during Pride Month whether that involves attending parades, rallies, parties or demonstrations, showing your pronouns on social media, educating yourself or donating to important charities. Or simply by starting a conversation to understand more about how you can further support your LGBTQ colleagues. #themorewetalkthemoreweunderstand

Most cities around the world hold pride celebrations during the summer each year. Marches celebrations, parades, and activities are held in recognition and acceptance of same-sex marriages and legal protections for gay couples and families.

Pride month is about teaching tolerance, education in pride history and continuing to move forward for equality.

Pride calls for people to remember how damaging homophobia was and still can be.

The month commemorates and celebrates being proud of who you are no matter who you love.