June 2020 marks the 50th Anniversary of Annual LGBTQ+ Pride Traditions
evolv supports the LGBTQ+ community not only through involvement in Pride events but through the inclusion of all people regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. We celebrate diversity in our community and company and enjoy getting to learn more about people and cultures that we may yet have been exposed to. While this year’s Pride events have been canceled or moved online due to Covid-19 and there has been a primary focus on protests for racial equality sparked in recent weeks due to the death of George Floyd, we would like to share a bit about Pride.
Here is a little history on Pride taken from the Library of Congress with a link to the full article.
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) Pride Month is currently celebrated each year in the month of June to honor the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in Manhattan. The Stonewall Uprising was a tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States. In the United States the last Sunday in June was initially celebrated as “Gay Pride Day,” but the actual day was flexible. In major cities across the nation the “day” soon grew to encompass a month-long series of events. Today, celebrations include pride parades, picnics, parties, workshops, symposia and concerts, and LGBTQ Pride Month events attract millions of participants around the world. Memorials are held during this month for those members of the community who have been lost to hate crimes or HIV/AIDS. The purpose of the commemorative month is to recognize the impact that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals have had on history locally, nationally, and internationally.
In 1994, a coalition of education-based organizations in the United States designated October as LGBT History Month. In 1995, a resolution passed by the General Assembly of the National Education Association included LGBT History Month within a list of commemorative months. National Coming Out Day (October 11), as well as the first “March on Washington” in 1979, are commemorated in the LGBTQ community during LGBT History Month.