The month of June is Pride Month, a time to commemorate the ongoing pursuit of equal justice for the LGBTQ+ community and celebrate its accomplishments 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.
Even though the progress that many activists and leaders have made in spite of considerable obstacles throughout the years, our country continues to face inequities as discriminatory policies threaten the human rights of the LGBTQ+ community. During these challenging times, it’s more evident than ever that union contracts can provide stable protection for members of the LGBTQ+ community as they put decision-making power into the hands of workers.
As the labor movement is rooted in the principles of inclusion and equality, UFCW reaffirms its resolve to keep fighting for dignity and justice for every worker.
Happy Pride Month!
UFCW OUTreach is providing resources to help members and locals to become more inclusive for LGBTQ+ members and all workers, including free workplace flyers and pronoun stickers.