June is Pride Month

During the month of June, across the globe, the LGBT community celebrates in a number of ways, to recognise the influences that the LGBT community has had. Most Pride events take place during June to coincide with the anniversary of the Stonewall riots that took place in1969.

As well as being a month long celebration, Pride month is also an opportunity to peacefully protest and raise political awareness of current issues facing the community. Parades are a prominent feature of Pride month, and there are many street parties, community events, poetry readings, public speaking, street festivals and educational sessions all of which are covered by mainstream media and attracting millions of participants.

Every year countries across the World celebrate Pride, with this year’s hashtag being #YouMeUsWe with a focus on increasing allyship. London’s Pride is usually held in June but has been postponed this year to 11 September 2021. However, there are various online events that you can attend, details of which are as follows:

Please do share your thoughts/feedback for any events/resources you attend with any of the Equality and Diversity committee, team member details shown below. 

2020 resources:

  • The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson (2017) Netflix - A documentary about the transgender activist and drag performer Marsha P. Johnson who was a pioneer of the LGBTQ rights movement.
  • How to Survive a Plague (2012) Amazon Prime - A film about Act-Up, an activist group whose mission was to find a treatment for the AIDS/HIV epidemic.
  • Trembling Before G-d (2001) Amazon Prime - An award-winning documentary about queer members of observant Jewish communities discussing the hardships of coming out.
  • Paris is Burning (1990) on Netflix - An acclaimed documentary exploring the world of New York City drag balls in the mid-to-late 1980s.

Upcoming events:

  • Dismantling Transphobia in the Workplace – Thursday 17 June at 8pm - A workshop on how to improve your individual, team’s and company’s behaviour to make the workplace a better environment for transgender and gender non-conforming colleagues. Tickets here.
  • LGBTQ+ Collections: A Different Perspective – Friday 18 June at 2pm - A joint event from the National Archives and Bishopsgate Institute Special Collections and Archives exploring the different strengths of their collections to reflect how they can be used together to build a fuller picture of LGBTQ+ lives. Tickets here.
  • Our History is Your History: LGBTQ+ Pride – Monday 28 June at 3pm - A webinar on the history of Pride in the UK and LGBTQ+ activism more generally. Tickets here.