Diversity and Inclusion

Pride Month 2022


What is Pride Month?
It is a celebration that takes place in June every year to recognise the influence of the LGBTQIA+ community. It helps raise awareness and educate people of issues facing the LGBTQIA+ community and provides an opportunity to celebrate with parades, street parties, community events and more.

How did it all begin?
There were a series of equal rights demonstrations held by members of the LGBTQIA+ community against oppression. This was in response to violent police raids on LGBTQIA+ establishments in New York in June 1969. This was commonplace for the time and led to the Stonewall Riots, which went on for days.

The first official Pride parade began the following year on the anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, with Christopher Street Liberation Day. Today, some barriers to equal rights and opportunities remain and contribute to some of the negative experiences that the LGBTQIA+ population face. It is important for employers to raise awareness and educate staff/colleagues so that they can help to create a more safe and welcoming working environment for all.

What can I do to celebrate?
You can attend your local PRIDE parades and show your support. Hold a street party or a rainbow tea party with your family/friends/colleagues, support LGBTQIA+ causes, involve people in a quiz and raise awareness at work through presentations/workshops and talks.

Whatever you do have fun while you learn.

Watch this space for more news.

For further information, please contact:
Helen Choudhury
Head of Diversity, Equality and Inclusion
MPA Champion for Menopause



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