The month of June is Pride Month, a time to commemorate the ongoing pursuit of equal justice for the LGBTQ+ community and celebrate the accomplishments of LGBTQ+ individuals in our union family.
The majority of Pride Month events are held in June to commemorate the anniversary of the Stonewall Inn uprising in New York City on June 28, 1969. At the time, police raids on bars catering to LGBTQ+ patrons were common. However, that night, the patrons of the Stonewall Inn fought back, marking the beginning of a movement to outlaw discriminatory laws and practices against LGBTQ+ Americans.
New resources are available from UFCW OUTreach to help locals celebrate their diverse and inclusive workplaces for LGBTQ+ members and all workers, including free workplace flyers and pronoun stickers. UFCW OUTreach also has a Pride Guide to help locals show their support for all of our LGBTQ+ members during Pride Month. You can get more information about these resources here. UFCW OUTreach is also hosting a training session on Thursday, June 16 at 1 p.m. ET titled “An Injury to One Is an Injury to All: Find Out How Pronouns Build Union Solidarity.” You can find more information about the training session here.
“We urge all local unions to speak out against all the anti-LGBTQ+ legislation and hate messages happening across our country,” said UFCW OUTreach Chair Michele Kessler. “Let’s be loud and proud in our support for our LGBTQ+ members and their families. Our workplaces must be inclusive and safe for all.”
If your local is interested in sharing photos of events or highlighting a member during Pride Month, please submit that information to Julie Anderson at firstname.lastname@example.org.