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Celebrating LGBTQ Pride Month at work

CareerBuilder | June 8, 2021

Pride Month

These resources will help make LGBTQ Pride Month educational and inclusive at your workplace.

This Pride Month, CareerBuilder is celebrating the LGBTQ+ community and working to be part of a more equitable future. Read on to learn more about the history of Pride and find resources on making your workplace more inclusive.

Origin of Pride Month

Pride began with a revolutionary act at a time when LGBTQ+ people could be arrested and imprisoned in America just for being themselves. Police often raided gay bars like the Stonewall Inn in New York. But during one of these raids, on June 28, 1968, a Black trans woman named Marsha P. Johnson, a biracial lesbian woman named Stormé DeLarverie, and other LGBTQ+ people decided to fight back, sparking the Stonewall Riots — several days of protests and demonstrations that marked the start of the modern LGBTQ+ rights movement.

Prior to Stonewall there were some regional rights groups and marches, such as the Reminder Day marches in Philadelphia. But Stonewall provided a national rallying cry for the LGBTQ+ community to organize around. On the 1-year anniversary of the riots, in 1970, New York held the first major Gay Pride march, with smaller demonstrations in San Francisco, Chicago, and Los Angeles. 

Over the next five decades, the Pride movement grew exponentially. In the 70’s, marches focused on basic rights, on visibility, and on claiming the LGBTQ+ community’s place in society. Pride spread not only across the US, but internationally as well. In the 80’s, the AIDS epidemic devastated the community, and LGBTQ+ people organized to combat the disease despite a lacking governmental response. The 90’s saw a widening of representation as well as setbacks. Domestic partnerships and marriage equality entered the public discourse. President Bill Clinton enacted the anti-LGBTQ+ Defense of Marriage Act, banning same-sex marriage at the federal level, and the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tellpolicy, which effectively prohibited openly LGBTQ+ people from serving in the military. President Barack Obama repealed the policy in 2011.

In 2015, the Supreme Court ruled in Obergefell v. Hodges that the Fourteenth Amendment guarantees same-sex couples the right to marry in the United States. Pride marches spread far across the globe, and LGBTQ+ rights support widened in the US. Over 50 years since its inception, Pride is going strong. But true LGBTQ+ equality has still not been achieved, and the gains made must be actively defended from continued attacks. Pride has become a celebration of hard-won victories, of LGBTQ+ culture and community, and a continued rallying cry to continue the fight.

LGBTQ+ people and the workplace

How to learn more

Organizations to support

Where to donate

  • The National Marsha P Johnson Institute: Named after the woman who started it all at Stonewall, this charity defends the rights of Black trans people.
  • The Trevor Project: A real-time lifeline for the LGBTQ+ youth crisis intervention.
  • GLAAD: The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation works to defend and promote LGBTQ+ representation in the public eye and media.
  • The Human Rights Campaign: One of the biggest known groups, the HRC provides a wide array of support for the community.
  • Immigration Equality: This organization supports LGBTQ+ and HIV-positive immigrants.

10 LGBTQ+ movies, books, and TV shows you should check out

  • Movie – Moonlight (2016)
  • TV Show – Pose (2018)
  • Movie – Love, Simon (2018)
  • Book – Boy Erased: A Memoir (2016); also a movie
  • TV Show – PRIDE (2021)
  • Book – The Stonewall Reader (2019)
  • Movie – Call Me By Your Name (2017); also a book
  • Book – Sissy: A Coming-of-Gender Story (2020)
  • TV Show – Queer Eye (2018)
  • Book – The Color Purple (1982); also a movie