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Spektrix: Celebrating Pride

Category: pride, Spektrix, Pride 2019

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We celebrated Pride today across all our offices! You couldn't move for rainbows. Rainbow cake, rainbow shirts, rainbow drinks, rainbow faces...


To celebrate, this Friday we did our first ever themed drinks across all three offices! Staff wore the most colourful clothes they owned and created three rainbow offices - we provided decorations and some extra special themed drinks and snacks :-)

Pride Month is incredibly important as it recognises and celebrates the influence LGBTQ+ people have had around the world and also provides an opportunity to raise awareness of current issues facing the community. This year is especially significant as it is the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, which served as a catalyst for the rights of LGBTQ+ people.

In the 1960's, LGBTQ+ people faced regular and repeated social and legal discrimination and unfair treatment. On June 28 1969, the New York City police raided the Stonewall Inn, a common police practice at the time for bars frequented by the LGBTQ+ community. But that night, instead of giving in, a group of brave individuals stood up. What followed was five nights of protests for LGBTQ+ rights.

The Stonewall Riots served to galvanise existing activism to demand fair treatment and equality, setting in motion the next 50 years of Pride. In the years after, LGBTQ+ rights organisations continued to spring up increasingly across the US and around the world. On June 27 and 28 1970, the first Pride marches commemorating Stonewall took place in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Chicago. Today, Pride marches span 174 cities in 46 countries worldwide, keeping the legacy alive of those who stood up 50 years ago.

If you'd like to find out more about Stonewall, there is a fantastic monument that was created for the anniversary called Stonewall Forever. It was created through a partnership between NYC's LGBT Community Center and the National Park Service with the support of Google to expand access to LGBTQ+ history. The website contains an online monument and documentary about Stonewall as well as an augmented reality app that can be used when you visit the Stonewall National Monument in Christopher Park in New York. 

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