June is commemorated as Pride Month globally — a vibrant month of love, diversity, acceptance, and belonging. This month-long celebration recognizes the struggles, accomplishments, and resilience of the LGBTQIA+ community and reaffirms a global commitment to inclusivity, dignity, and equity.
What inspired the inception of Pride Month?
Pride Month is an important time for members and allies of the LGBTQIA+ community. It has been celebrated for over five decades, honoring the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in Manhattan and advancing the fight for civil and human rights for the LGBTQIA+ community. A pivotal moment in American History, the events of Stonewall gave birth to a movement of justice for LGBTQIA+ rights.
It provides an opportunity to celebrate and promote acceptance, equality, and human rights for all individuals, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
Important LGBTQIA+ Events
- LGBTQIA+ Pride Month
Pride Month is a reminder that love knows no boundaries and shouldn’t infringe upon anyone’s rights, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. This month, celebrate diversity, raise awareness, and create a more inclusive world. Build equitable workplaces and engage in Pride Month volunteering opportunities with Goodera.
- International Transgender Day of Visibility (TDOV)
TDOV, first observed in 2009, is dedicated to raising awareness about the stigma, discrimination, and challenges faced by the transgender community. A must-add to your Pride month Calendar, including trans-inclusive approaches in gender equity strategy enables creativity, innovation, enhanced decision-making, and greater diversity and inclusion.
- LGBTQIA+ History Month
Dive into the history of Pride and understand what the LGBTQIA+ community really stands for. Learn allyship and support LGBTQIA+ colleagues, build safe and open work environments, and drive positive behavioral change by advocating for LGBTQIA+ rights. Plan volunteering activities for LGBTQIA+ History Month with Goodera.
- World AIDS Day
Celebrated since 1988, it is an opportunity for workplaces to understand and support individuals with HIV/AIDS, a global epidemic that impacts various LGBTQIA+ people. For your Pride Month Calendar, prioritize promoting a supportive and empathetic culture enabling workers with HIV/AIDS to perform better, feel included, and thrive.
Other LGBTQIA+ Events for your Pride Month Calendar
- IDAHOBIT - International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Interphobia, and Transphobia
- Transgender Day of Remembrance
- Bisexual Awareness Week
- Lesbian Day of Visibility
Pride Activities for Workplaces
Here are some fun and impactful activities you can organize to celebrate Pride Month:
- Invite employees to talk about their favorite LGBTQIA+ person, famous or otherwise, in a sharing circle.
- Invite employees to add their pronouns to their email signatures and across other channels of communication. Bonus points if you host a gender-inclusive language workshop for all your employees.
- Join a Pride March and show solidarity for the community.
- Create a company-wide playlist of LGBTQIA+ anthems and invite employees to share their favorite songs.
For more activity ideas check out our Pride month celebration guide for workplaces.
Pride Month Calendar 2023
Did you know? Harvey Milk's friend and artist Gilbert Baker is the brain behind the LGBTQIA+ flag. He was inspired by a dancing crowd — watching colors blend as he spun around and formed a rainbow — an object historically representing hope. Each color has its meaning, with Red (Life), Orange (Healing), Yellow (Sunlight), Green (Nature), Blue (Harmony), and Violet (Spirit).
For organizations, participating in Pride Month activities and initiatives can demonstrate your commitment to equity and inclusion, foster a sense of community and belonging among employees, and help attract and retain talent from diverse backgrounds.