1st June marked the beginning of Pride Month. A month where individuals from the LGBTQI+ community celebrate the acceptance of sexual diversity in a number of different ways. At Aspiration Training, we are proud to be supporting Pride Month, whilst also supporting and celebrating our LGBT+ learners and colleagues.
When thinking about diversity and how to ensure we are embracing it, we often refer to race and gender but diversity is so much more than that. The BAME Apprentice Network is launching #PrideInApprenticeships – a campaign that aims to promote equality across the sector including learner and those working in FE which encourage and are fully behind.
We have put together a simple, informative guide surrounding Pride Month below and how you can get involved supporting the LGBTQI+ community:
PRIDE stands for Promote, Respect, Inclusion, and Dignity for Everyone and is the promotion of the self-affirmation, dignity, equality, and increased visibility of LGBTQI+ people as equal citizens. Pride is especially important for people who may be struggling to understand their gender or sexual identity. Even though Pride in Britain today celebrates the progress that is made till date, there is still a lot of work that needs to be done considering LGBTQI+ people are illegal in 70 countries, with the death penalty a consequence in 12 of these countries.
Whilst Pride is a celebration, for the LGBTQI+ it is much more than that. Pride is a time for people from all backgrounds to join together and support each other, with the rainbow colours used in Pride promotions now being recognised globally across the world.
Pride is traditionally celebrated during Pride Month (June every year) which coincides with the anniversary of the Stonewall riots, the protests that changed gay rights for a lot of people in America and beyond. Across the globe you will see parades, marches, rallies, commemorations, community days, dance parties, and festivals. Pride month is about teaching tolerance, education in pride history and continuing to move forward in equality through justice and opportunities. It is an opportunity for individuals to come together as a collective to celebrate their individuality and culture, to campaign for LGBTQI+ rights, or simply go out and share their journeys and achievements with others.
There is so much history surrounding Pride including why and how the rainbow colours became a prominent symbol of the celebration. We have put together some useful information for any further reading you may want to do: