From Stonewall to equality

This year marks a significant milestone for the LGBT+ movement, namely the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. The events which took place at the Stonewall Inn in New York in 1969 and the years which followed, led by local LGBT+ activists such as Storme DeLaverie, Marsha P Johnson and Sylvia Riviera, helped to launch the LGBT+ rights movement as we recognise it to today.

As part of this year's LGBT+ History Month, held each year during the month of February, Proud and PCS Equality Department produced a range of resources highlighting just some of the achievements and unsung LGBT+ heroes of the last five decades.

Over the course of the month, many branches and groups organised events and solidarity picture opportunities to show their solidarity with LGBT+ members and the wider LGBT+ community. Activities also took place to raise money for local LGBT+ groups, including in Scotland with their third annual history month quiz which raised £150 to support LGBT Youth Scotland and their work with young LGBT+ people across Scotland.

Proud, and PCS, is a long-standing supporter of LGBT+ History Month and encourages all members to think on how we can continue to organise and promote LGBT+ equality issues in our workplaces and among the wider community.

If you have a suggestion on what you would like to see as part of next year’s LGBT+ History Month, or for any other occasion, then contact Proud proud@pcs.org.uk. All contact will be treated in the strictest confidence.

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