Pride Month is celebrated every year in June, commemorating the 1969 Stonewall riots in New York City, which marked a turning point in the LGBTQ+ rights movement.
The purpose of this important month is to honour the struggles and achievements of the LGBTQ+ community, celebrate its diversity, and promote equality and acceptance for all.
It is important to celebrate Pride Month because despite significant progress, discrimination and violence against LGBTQ+ individuals still exist, and many continue to face challenges related to their sexual orientation and gender identity. Pride Month serves as a reminder of the ongoing struggle for equality and as a call to action for individuals and organisations to support the LGBTQ+ community.
Organisations can get involved in several ways:
- They can sponsor or participate in local Pride events
- Offer support to LGBTQ+ employees
- Make a commitment to diversity and inclusion in hiring practices and workplace culture
- Organisations can donate to LGBTQ+ advocacy groups or launch their own initiatives to support the community
It is important for organisations to demonstrate a commitment to equality and acceptance, not just during Pride Month, but year-round.
Cities hosting LGBTQ+ pride parades:
- New York City, USA: The New York City Pride March is one of the largest and most famous pride parades in the world. It takes place in June and attracts millions of attendees each year.
- London, UK: London’s Pride parade, known as Pride in London, takes place in July and is one of the largest LGBTQ+ events in the UK.
- Amsterdam, Netherlands: Amsterdam’s Pride parade, known as Canal Parade, takes place in August and features boats floating down the city’s famous canals.
- Sydney, Australia: Sydney’s Mardi Gras Parade, held in February or March, is one of the largest LGBTQ+ events in the world and attracts over 500,000 attendees.
- Sao Paulo, Brazil: Sao Paulo’s Pride parade, held in June, is one of the largest LGBTQ+ events in the world and attracts millions of attendees.
- Madrid, Spain: Madrid’s Pride parade, known as Orgullo Madrid, takes place in July and is one of the largest LGBTQ+ events in Europe.
Joanne is the editor for Workplace Wellbeing Professional and has a keen interest in promoting the safety and wellbeing of the global workforce. After earning a bachelor's degree in English literature and media studies, she taught English in China and Vietnam for two years. Before joining Work Well Pro, Joanne worked as a marketing coordinator for luxury property, where her responsibilities included blog writing, photography, and video creation.