Every June, the world celebrates LGBTQ+ Pride Month and RPS will be supporting Pride and our LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer or questioning; the + is an inclusive symbol to mean ‘and others’ to include all identities) community loud and proud again this year, throughout June.
Pride Month holds immense significance at a time when LGBTQ+ individuals and allies gather to celebrate, raise awareness, and advocate for equal rights. While great strides have been made in protecting and supporting LGBTQ+ people in the UK, over the last few decades in particular, the LGBTQ+ community and its allies continue to fight for equality and social acceptance.
According to Stonewall’s LGBT in Britain Report (2018):
For these reasons and more, RPS is committed to fostering an inclusive work environment that embraces diversity, values the identities of our people, and understands the importance of empowering individuals from all communities.
The history of Pride Month can be traced back to the early hours of June 28, 1969, when the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in New York City, was raided by the police. Tired of enduring ongoing harassment and discrimination, the LGBTQ+ community fought back, igniting a series of protests and demonstrations that lasted for days. The Stonewall Riots marked a turning point in the LGBTQ+ rights movement, galvanizing individuals to demand visibility, acceptance, and legal protection.
Pride month is an important time to show support and allyship for the LGBTQ+ community. Being an ally means actively advocating for and standing in solidarity with LGBTQ+ individuals.. Here are some ways you can demonstrate your allyship during Pride Month and beyond:
Remember that allyship is an ongoing process and requires humility, empathy, and a willingness to learn and grow. By actively supporting and advocating for the LGBTQ+ community, you can contribute to creating a more inclusive and accepting society.
As a global firm operating in 125 countries, we're as diverse as the communities and clients we represent. RPS is grounded in the belief that people should be supported to find the right position and that all interactions are based on respect, compassion and fairness. For more information contact our UK & Ireland FI&R Committee on UKCUK&IFI&RCommittee@rpsgroup.com.
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