June is Pride month – a month dedicated to celebrating LGBTQ+ communities all around the world.
And this year, Pride is having a special celebration as it is 50 years old!
So… what is Pride?
Pride is celebrated in the month of June, as that was the month when the Stonewall riots took place.
The Stonewall riots were important protests that took place in 1969 in the US, that changed gay rights for a lot of people in America and around the world.
Pride is a celebration of people coming together in love and friendship, to show how far LGBTQ+ rights have come, and how in some places there’s still work to be done.
Pride month is about acceptance, equality, celebrating the work of LGBTQ+ people, education in LGBTQ+ history and raising awareness of issues affecting the LGBTQ+ community.
It also calls for people to remember how damaging homophobia was and still can be.
Pride is all about being proud of who you are no matter who you love.
How can I help support Pride?
Attend a Pride Parade or Event
From Singapore to Toronto, and everywhere in between, there are many popular festivals and parades to attend throughout the months of June and July.
To find pride events in your city, check out this useful guide: http://www.gaypridecalendar.com/world
Be an Ally
When someone in your life tells you that they are LGBTQIA+, it can be difficult to know how to respond. Your initial reaction may be one of surprise, excitement, confusion, discomfort, or none of the above. Be honest in your response, but you should also recognise the importance of your response and the impact it may have.
Volunteer or Donate
Give back to the community through a volunteer initiative such as supporting a local LGBTQIA+ youth or community centre or raising money for a charity/foundation such as the Human Rights Campaign Foundation.
Do you know why we celebrate LGBTQIA+ Pride month in June? Spend some time learning about the history of Pride, a movement precipitated by the Stonewall Riots in 1969 in New York.
Support LGBTQIA+ art and culture
The LGBTQIA+ art community is vibrant, influential and pervasive. Go see a LGBTQIA+-themed show or movie, visit an LGBTQIA+ art gallery, or buy an album from an LGBTQIA+ artist.
Equality & Diversity is at the centre of Smeaton Healthcare
Pride is a very important time for us at Smeaton Healthcare. It is a time for us to share ways for others to work in an inclusive and non-judgemental way.
If you didn’t know, the Directors of Smeaton Healthcare are proudly gay and have just brought a beautiful baby girl into the world via surrogacy. We live in a world that can be full of hate and judgement, which is why Smeaton Healthcare has been a haven of safety and support since its doors opened in 2019.
Smeaton Healthcare recruit in an open and inclusive manner at all times, here are some ways we achieve this…
- Writing inclusive job adverts (avoiding using words such as ‘Salesman’ and replacing it for ‘Sales Person’)
- Communicating our Policies (being open and honest with applicants with our selection process)
- Value based recruitment
- Assessing applicants based on their relevant skills and competencies
- Have a fair and equal background checking process
- Train our recruiters appropriately
A Final World
Pride shares a very special part of our hearts at Smeaton Healthcare. We hope that anyone who works with us can see this clearly. A challenge we want to present to you this year is… Research Pride History! There is still so much work that needs to be done to work towards an inclusive and equal world – and it starts with you, the reader. Together we can make change and create a community which promotes love, light and positivity.
Happy Pride 2022!