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June is Pride Month

June is Pride Month

June 02, 2023

June is LGBTQ Pride Month; it’s four weeks dedicated to commemorating and celebrating lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. Pride Month began after the New York City Stonewall Riots in June 1969. Police raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay club in Greenwich Village, which resulted in the bar’s staff, patrons, and neighborhood residents spilling onto the street and clashing with police in protest.

These riots fueled the first wave of Gay Pride in New York City (with the first Pride March), and it’s since become a worldwide celebration. Various events are held in June to recognize the impact that LGBTQ individuals have had historically, locally, nationally, and internationally. Pride month is an opportunity to raise society’s awareness of the LGBTQ+ community’s victories and challenges.

Pride Month activities often include:

  • Pride parades
  • Workshops
  • Parties
  • Concerts
  • Picnics
  • Community support services fairs

During this time, non-profits who work on behalf of the LGBTQ+ community participate in Pride Month events to raise awareness about human rights and how their organization advocates for them:

Human Rights Campaign Foundation. This organization Provides information and resources to educate the public and foster sound public policy to end discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer Americans.

The Southern Poverty Law Center. The Southern Poverty Law Center is recognized internationally for its groundbreaking leadership in seeking justice for the LGBTQ community’s most vulnerable citizens and fighting hate in courtrooms and classrooms nationwide. 

Amnesty International. This organization is a platform for a global movement of people fighting injustice and promoting human rights. Amnesty conducts research, provides training, and advocates for reform to advance equality and safety.

Many other organizations work daily to support the LGBTQ+ community in various demographic areas nationwide. While there has been some progress toward ensuring equality for all, more work must be done. You can support this community in the following ways:

  • Listen to them and support them.
  • Be a model for acceptance and inclusion.
  • Acknowledge their diversity by referencing their identity when appropriate.
  • Let them know they can be authentic around you.
  • Participate in Pride Month events.
  • Promote LGBTQ+ rights.

In particular, the LGBTQ+ community remains underserved in the areas of healthcare, social services, and financial planning. As a financial firm focused on providing tailored service and support, we are adamant in our belief that all people should have access to professional financial services and support. When you’re showing kindness and inclusiveness during Pride Month, be sure and let us know if you or anyone you know has financial needs or questions. We’re here for you!  

Courtesy of Fresh Finance