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Celebrating Pride Month 2024

By Stuart Aird | Thu 13 June, 2024
Pride Month June 2024

At Encompass, we are proud to recognize and celebrate this significant month, reaffirming our commitment to diversity, inclusion, and equality. As we investigate the history of Pride Month, we reflect on its importance. Furthermore, how our values align with the spirit of this vibrant celebration.

The history of Pride Month

Pride Month traces its roots back to the Stonewall Riots, which occurred in June 1969 in New York City. These riots were a series of spontaneous demonstrations by members of the LGBTQ+ community. They were in response to a police raid at the Stonewall Inn, a popular gay bar in Greenwich Village. The raid and subsequent protests ignited a movement, catalyzing the fight for LGBTQ+ rights. It also marked a pivotal moment in the struggle for equality.

In the years following the Stonewall Riots, activists and community leaders organized events to commemorate the uprising and promote LGBTQ+ rights. The first Pride marches took place in New York City, Los Angeles, and Chicago in 1970, on the anniversary of the riots. These marches laid the foundation for what would become Pride Month, a global celebration of LGBTQ+ identities, rights, and achievements.

What Pride Month means

Pride Month is more than just a celebration; it is a powerful reminder of the resilience and strength of the LGBTQ+ community. It serves as an opportunity to:

  • Celebrate diversity
  • Promote visibility
  • Advocate for equality
  • Honor history

Encompass’ commitment to Pride

At Encompass, our commitment to diversity and inclusion is woven into the fabric of our corporate culture. We believe that every individual deserves to be respected and valued, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Here is how we align our values with the spirit of Pride Month:

Inclusive workplace: We strive to create a workplace where everyone feels safe and respected. Our policies promote equality and non-discrimination, ensuring that LGBTQ+ employees can thrive in an environment free from bias.

Equality, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) group: Our EDI group provides a supportive community within Encompass. It offers networking opportunities, advocacy, and resources to foster a sense of belonging.

Education and awareness: Throughout Pride Month and beyond, we host talks and events to educate our employees about LGBTQ+ issues and history. These foster an understanding and allyship within our organization.

Celebrating Pride Month 2024

As we celebrate Pride Month 2024, join us in recognizing the importance of this month and the values it represents. Whether you are attending a Pride parade, participating in educational events, or simply taking a moment to reflect on the progress made and the work still to be done, your support makes a difference.

At Encompass, we are proud to stand with the LGBTQ+ community, not just in June, but every day of the year. Together, we can continue to foster a world where everyone is free to be their true selves and where diversity is celebrated as a strength.

Happy Pride Month from Encompass!

 
Author: Stuart Aird

Stuart has worked with Encompass since 2020. Originally joining the business to drive headcount growth, Stuart is now Head of People, overseeing HR, Talent and Performance. With experience gained from leading teams in an agency, focusing primarily on Technology and Business Change roles, he has a comprehensive understanding of the intricacies of talent acquisition, retention, and development, that helps drive a positive high performance culture.

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