Pride month, celebrated in June, is a month dedicated to celebrating all LGBTQIA+ people and communities around the world. The first ever LGBTQIA+ Pride was organised in New York by Brenda Howard (known as “The Mother of Pride) in 1970, a year after The Stonewall Inn in New York was raided by the police on 28 June 1969, which resulted in protests and riots in favour of LGBTQIA+ rights.
As well as being a month-long celebration, Pride month is also an opportunity to peacefully protest and raise political awareness of current issues facing LGTBQIA+ people. Parades are a prominent feature of Pride month, together with events, fayres, awareness and campaigns. This in itself is a reflection of how far society have come, of those who stood up and took a stand, of the history and achievements, but also about how much there’s still to be done to achieve diversity and inclusion for all. Pride month is about communities coming together in celebration, protest, unity and solidarity.
Significant progress has been made towards LGBTQIA+ diversity and inclusion. However, research evidence demonstrates that LGBTQIA+ people still face barriers to leading happy, healthy, and fulfilling lives; experience of discrimination, bullying, and harassment in education, at work and on the streets; and greater inequalities in health satisfaction, access, experience and outcomes. A consultation run by Kaleidiscope Trust in 37 Commonwealth countries states that we “are witnessing an emerging humanitarian crisis for LGBTI+ people as government responses to Covid-19 leave vulnerable LGBTI+ communities at grave risk.”
Our Trust’s LGBTQIA+ Pride Month
Many Pride events were cancelled during 2020 due to the global pandemic, and some events have already been cancelled or postponed during 2021. Pride in London will be returning to the capital on the weekend of 11th September 2021; however, our Trust is still marking Pride Month during June to celebrate and support our LGBTQIA+ staff, service users, suppliers and community, in a safe and virtual way.
The Trust will be flying the Rainbow Pride Flag on the Springfield Site during the month of June. Also, watch the SWLSTG Pride BSL Video: (81) SWLSTG Pride 2020 - YouTube
Our Pride Month events include:
1 June: 1.00pm – 2.00pm: Inclusive Language webinar
22 June: 1.00pm – 2.00pm: LGBTQIA+ Staff Network Pride Celebration
Andy Cohen, LGBTQIA+ Staff Network Chair
Welcome Speech: Jennifer Duncan, Joint Trust Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
2 July: UK Black Pride
LGBTQIA+ at SWLSTG
Our Trust is fully committed to all Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning, intersex, Asexual, Gender identity and expression, and the myriad of other communities, identities and expression under the LGBTQIA+ umbrella that represents our staff, service users, patients and community. Our Making Life Better Together culture programme aims to reduce inequalities and make the Trust a great place to work.
The Trust is a Stonewall Diversity Champion and will compile Stonewall Workplace Equality Index once again, which is the UK’s leading tool for benchmarking LGBT+ inclusion in the workplace.
We also have a LGBTQIA+ Staff Network which aims to enhance the employee work experience, support the Trust’s objectives and provide invaluable insights into how the Trust can ensure equal opportunities are available to all employees.