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8 ways to celebrate Pride month

June is Pride month, the time of year when we celebrate the impact that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals have had on history locally, nationally, and internationally. It’s a great time to recognize the contributions of your LGBT+ peers, learn a little bit more about LGBT+ history, celebrate diversity, and consider the ways that you can contribute to creating a more inclusive society. 

1.     Attend a Pride parade or Event  

From Singapore to Toronto, and everywhere in between, there are many popular festivals and parades to attend throughout the months of June and July. For the sixth consecutive year, colleagues from Thomson Reuters Pride at Work network for LGBT+ employees and friends will have a big presence at the Pride in London Parade on the 7th of July! To find pride events in your city, check out this useful guide: http://www.gaypridecalendar.com/world    

2.     Be an Ally

When someone in your life tells you that they are LGBT+, it can be difficult to know how to respond. Your initial reaction may be one of surprise, excitement, confusion, discomfort, or none of the above. Be honest in your response, but you should also recognize the importance of your response and the impact it may have. This guide to being a good LGBT+ ally is a helpful resource.

3.     Organize a T-Shirt Design Contest 

Encourage your employer to get involved by holding a t-shirt design contest. The winner of the contest will then have their design printed on shirts and handed out to employees throughout the month. Thomson Reuters recently held an internal contest for our own t-shirts – check out our design here. 

4.     Volunteer or Donate

Give back to the community through a volunteer initiative such as supporting a local LGBT+ youth or community center or raising money for a charity/foundation such as the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. To find a great charity, try using Charity Navigator

5.     Become an Advocate 

If your company doesn’t already have a Pride Employee Network, then start one! The Thomson Reuters Pride at Work Employee Network was created to create a safe and inclusive workplace, while remaining aligned with our business objects, those of our customers and external partners and the wider LGBT+ community. Local chapters of our Pride at Work network are run by employees all over the world.  

6.     Educate Yourself 

Do you know why we celebrate LGBT Pride month in June? Spend some time learning about the history of Pride, a movement precipitated by the Stonewall Riots in 1969 in New York. 

7.     Support LGBT art and culture 

The LGBT+ art community is vibrant, influential and pervasive. Go see a LGBT+-themed show or movie, visit an LGBT+ art gallery, or buy an album from an LGBT+ artist. 

8.     Consider Your Company’s LGBT+ Inclusivity

Does your company have a culture and resources that promote LGBT+ inclusivity? Is there something you can do to make LGBT+ coworkers feel more comfortable in your office? Is there a benefit that excludes LGBT+ employees? Start a dialogue and make resources available to try to create a workplace where LGBT+ employees will feel valued and accepted. 

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