Every June we celebrate Pride, commemorating the 1969 Stonewall riots held by members of the LGBTQ community. This year marks a special anniversary.
1 July marks 50 years since the first UK Pride rally, where hundreds of members of the LGBTQ+ community marched from London’s Trafalgar Square to Hyde park. While the Gay Liberation Front organisers faced resistance at the time, it paved the way for what is now one of the most celebrated annual events and progressed the LGBTQ+ movement in Britain.
The Pride in London parade will be held on 2 July this year, and will commemorate the achievements over the past 50 years.
Being an inclusive employer
Diversity and inclusion (D&I) continues to be a key strategic priority for us, and we’re constantly looking at ways we can be more inclusive for our colleagues, members and the people we engage with – and that includes the LGBTQ+ community.
We believe that our differences should be embraced, and encourage everyone to bring their whole selves to work. Our employee network Kaleidoscope champions this and raises awareness across the organisation.
Find out more about our commitment to being an inclusive employer.
What is Kaleidoscope?
Kaleidoscope is dedicated to looking at diversity and inclusion through a LGBTQ+ lens. We’re an inclusive group and welcome everyone, whether you’re LGBTQ+ or an ally. We champion LGBTQ+ issues across the business by building visibility for the community through events, articles and network meetings.
“Love is love, no matter who you are and who you love. Kaleidoscope celebrates our LGBTQ+ colleagues, raises awareness of the issues members of the community face and recognises how far LGBTQ+ rights have come.” Claire Pendleton, Kaleidoscope lead.
Some of our Kaleidoscope members will be supporting our local community by attending Croydon Pride on 16 July.