Pride Month is a celebration of the history and culture of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ+) community. It is also a month to raise awareness and educate people all over the world about the matters that affect the LGBTQ+ community. It takes place each year in June to commemorate the 1969 Stonewall riots, which are often considered to be the start of the modern LGBTQ+ rights movement. The riots were a series of demonstrations that took place for several days after members of the gay community were repeatedly harassed by the police. The purpose of the riots was to show the world the discriminatory treatment of the gay community, and that people had the right to be who they are no matter what society might think. Over the following decades, Pride Month has evolved into a month-long celebration of the LGBTQ+ culture and heritage with celebrations held throughout the world. Today, Pride Month is marked by marches, festivals, parades, and various other celebrations designed to uplift and shine a spotlight on issues affecting the LGBTQ+ community.
Here at FERC, we remain deeply committed to the principles of equality, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility. One of the best ways to reaffirm our commitment to these principles is by demonstrating our allyship for the LGBTQ+ community by ensuring that they are heard, seen, respected, and valued. FERC invites you this Pride Month to celebrate the diversity of the LGBTQ+ community and to demonstrate allyship by supporting FERC’s LGBTQ+ program and activities.
To learn more about the LGBTQ+ community, please visit the resources below.