Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) Pride Month is currently celebrated each year in the month of June to honor the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in Manhattan.
It was Brenda Howard , known as the “Mother of Pride” who coordinated the first LGBT Pride march. As well as sparking the idea for a week of events around Pride Day. These events then developed into the annual LGBT celebrations held every June.
50 years on, we can take pride in a United Kingdom where the majority of the public are supportive of their LGBTQ+ neighbours, work colleagues, family and friends.
Today, we live in a society where LGBTQ+ people can live openly and free, where we can form our own families and where our lives and history are taught in schools to the next generation.
Pride Month is so important because it marks the start of huge change within the LGBT+ community, as well as the wider societal implications. Although attitudes and injustice still remain, we have come a long way since the riots of 1969 and by continuing in this long standing tradition we continue to raise awareness, improve the attitudes of society and encourage inclusiveness. #Pride2023
However, we can’t take progress for granted. Throughout the past 50 years, the LGBTQ+ community has withstood numerous smear campaigns from those who wish to push us back into hiding.
These attacks continue today – with a noisy minority pushing intolerant rhetoric in our media and our politics. Without action, we are heading down the same path as countries such as the US, Hungary and Poland.
Horizon Healthcare take inclusivity very seriously. There are resources available to the LGBTQ+ community available via our website (simply search for LGBTQ+). Additionally please do not hesitate to contact us via our website or phone lines if we can be of any assistance.
Happy Pride Month!
For more information, please visit: https://www.stonewall.org.uk/takepride