June is Pride Month

Celebration + Reading List

By the Executive Service Corps (ESC) | Published June 2020


Pride Month is an annual commemoration held during the entire month of June to remember the June 1969 Stonewall Riots in Greenwich Village, New York, that served to launch the LGBTQ rights movement in America. 


ESC encourages all organizations and companies to review and update their policies to ensure inclusivity of all individuals on an annual basis. If your fiscal year doesn’t roll over July 1st, then June is a great time to take that on. 


Pride month celebrations and acknowledgments vary by community. In many US cities such as Chicago a lively parade traditionally marks the occasion. Virtual Pride events are being held online for free. 


You can celebrate by educating yourself on the history of the LGBTQ rights. 


You can also become an ally and be an example of love and acceptance. 


Many organizations and companies celebrate Pride Month by flying a rainbow flag and having a day where staff are encouraged to wear a rainbow pin or clothes if they’d like.


Book clubs, including those affiliated with organizations, and individuals can choose books related to the holidays of each month, making June a great time to read about Harvey Milk or any other LGBTQ+ leaders in our country's history. 


Some companies celebrate by organizing fundraisers for LGBTQ+ local organizations. 


Organizations can utilize LGBTQ+ speakers to conduct awareness training for team members. 


There are many ways to celebrate Pride month. ESC encourages you to use it as an opportunity to be a mindful and inclusive ally. 

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