On June 28, 1969, members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) community fought back against police brutality at a New York City gay bar called the Stonewall Inn. Known as the Stonewall riots, this marked the beginning of the modern day LGBT rights movement.
In commemoration of the historic Stonewall riots, June is now commonly recognized as LGBT Pride Month. Keep an eye out throughout the month for locals who will be holding events to celebrate the LGBT community.
This LGBT Pride Month, there is much to celebrate. Oregon and Pennsylvania recently became the 18th and 19th states to recognize marriage equality. The U.S. Senate passed legislation banning employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity by a wide, bipartisan margin. Finally, the UFCW formed its first ever LGBT constituency group—OUTreach. OUTreach will have a presence at World Pride in Toronto, Canada from June 27-29, 2014.
Still, there is much more to be done. It remains too easy to fire an LGBT worker without cause. Millions of same-sex couples do not have the legal rights as their opposite-sex counterparts. Transgender equality is lagging behind. Our broken immigration system is failing the LGBT community and tearing families apart. And the bullying epidemic is putting too many young people at risk.
Working in partnership with OUTreach, UFCW Locals are committed to leveling the playing field in our contracts and our laws. More than that, we are dedicated to winning hearts and minds. Let’s celebrate LGBT Pride Month by doing what we do best—fighting for fairness, justice, and equality.
For more information: www.ufcwoutreach.org, www.ufcw.ca/pride.