Blacks United In Diversity and Leadership supports the LGBTQ+ community, and honors Pride Month.
June marks LGBTQ+ pride month around the world. Every year people gather and celebrate with parades, festivals, gatherings, and reflections. Pride month also ignites a sense of community. United by differences, people come together to support and uplift one another. Coming together as a community provides strength to LGBTQ+ folk in time of adversity.
One of the most notable instances of the LGBTQ+ community coming together is the Stonewall riots of June 1969, when LGBTQ+ folks united to push back against harsh mistreatment. Every year since, LGBTQ+ folks and allies gather to remember, to celebrate, and to move forward.
This year the need for community is more than ever. With pride celebrations being canceled, communities kept apart, and people everywhere being impacted by COVID- 19, pride month 2020 will look and feel different than any year before. Although LGBTQ+ people will not be able to come together physically, the community aspect of pride is crucial during this time.
With this in mind, the RAIN Best Practices group would like to provide a Pride Month Toolkit for agencies to use when planning activities to show support for the LGBTQ+ community.
Participating in pride month is a small gesture to show LGBTQ+ employees in your agency and customers that you support them, and an even bigger step towards creating a more respectful and inclusive environment year-round.
JMarino@esd.wa.gov or Marisa Sanchez-Reed (she/her/they/them) at email@example.com with any questions!
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