On Saturday 8 July NHS Employers joined the busiest ever London pride parade on their open top bus. Our colleague Steven Trowbridge a project manager on the transforming care programme at NHS England joined us on the bus and in this blog tells us why Pride is so important.
If you told the younger version of me that one day I’d be writing a public blog on what Pride month means to me I’d have said you were crazy. Every day working in the NHS gives me an opportunity to discovery something new about myself, my community and our place in these evolving and difficult times.
Pride parades are incredibly important as positive celebrations of LGBTQIA (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual). Some LGBTQIA people grow up feeling ashamed or outcast, so after they go through the journey of self discovery and coming out, they may want to celebrate at realising their true identity and living a happy, healthy life. For some the pride parade is a day when they can truly be outspoken, public and proud of who they are.
So what Pride means to me is that how you define yourself doesn’t matter - what matters is that you stand up.
If you’ve never attended a pride celebration or parade, I would definitely encourage you to try and check one out and you’ll find that they are exciting, colourful, and a whole lot of fun. Believe me you’ll meet all sorts of diverse, friendly folks there to celebrate their identities with their community.
This year at London Pride, Lance Black, Oscar winner and husband to Tom Daley gave a powerful speech ...
‘…in these times when they’re talking about building walls. You must show up for our brothers and sisters in other social justice movements. When they come for our brothers and sisters, who are looking for freedom and equality as immigrants to this country and elsewhere, what will we do? We must rise ... We will get the pendulum of progress moving forward again.’
We are living in times that require resiliency and determination, passion and stamina, regardless of your beliefs or orientation or identity. For me, Pride is a month long reminder of a lifelong professional calling, and a personal promise to never sit down again. We still move this pendulum.
To find out more information about LGBT equality in the workplace take a look at our LGBT web pages where you will find information, tools, resources and best practice in one place.