June is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month
Gay pride, or LGBT pride, is the positive stance against discrimination and violence toward LGBT people. LGBT Pride Month promotes self-affirmation, dignity, equality, rights, increases the groups’ visibility as a social group, builds community, and celebrates sexual diversity and gender variance. Pride, as opposed to shame and social stigma, is the predominant perspective that bolsters most LGBT rights movements throughout the world.
The month of June was chosen for LGBT Pride Month to commemorate the Stonewall Inn riots which occurred in New York City in June of 1969. In 2000, President Clinton issued the first proclamation recognizing June as Gay and Lesbian Pride Month. Beginning in 2009, President Obama issued an annual proclamation recognizing June as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month.
No longer a “closeted community,” it is valuable to expand our knowledge and appreciation for the significant contributions members of the LGBT community have made. The Library of Congress is the largest single repository of world knowledge in one place. Its numerous collections contain many books, posters, sound recordings, manuscripts and other material produced by, about, and for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community. The contributions of members of the LGBT community are preserved as part of our nation’s history, and include noted artistic works, musical compositions, and contemporary novels. The Library’s American collections range from the iconic poetry of Walt Whitman through the manuscripts of the founder of LGBT activism in Washington, D.C., Frank Kameny.
The Library’s month-long celebration demonstrates how Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Americans have strengthened our country by using their talent and creativity to help create awareness and goodwill. For more information and a calendar of events recognizing this month, please visit the Library of Congress on line at: https://www.loc.gov/lgbt-pride-month/.
Tim Cook, Apple CEO, is recognized as one of the most influential LGBT people in America since he “came out”. In his 2014 Bloomberg IT article, Tim Cook Speaks Up, Cook stated that he was inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to set aside his desire for privacy to do something “more important.” He continued, “While I have never denied my sexuality, I haven’t publicly acknowledged it either, until now,” wrote Cook. “So let me be clear: I’m proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me.”
Evolver supports all people and employees’ right to be who they are, regardless of their sex, gender identity, or sexual orientation, or any other attribute. Further, the Company’s policy of non-discrimination and non-harassment extends to all employees, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. One of the other ways Evolver has demonstrated its support of LGBT employees is by extending its standard health and welfare benefits to domestic partners.