Welcome to our hub of exclusive resources and inspiration to help our member organisations celebrate Pride and LGBT+ history months.
Welcome to enei’s LGBTQ+ and Pride Hub.
Pride Month 2023
What is the significance of Pride?
Pride is dedicated to recognising and uplifting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) voices. It commemorates a series of protests organised by the Gay Liberation Front (GLF). The initial uprising took place after police raided the Stonewall Inn—a gay bar in New York City—on 28 June 1969.
In the aftermath of the raid, LGBTQ+ people organised spontaneous demonstrations to protest the action and fight for their rights. According to the UK Parliament, the first Pride marches took place across the US on 28 June 1970, while the first UK Pride demonstration was held in London on 1 July 1972.
Since the uprising, LGBTQ+ individuals and their allies have worked to give members of this community the right to get married, start families, and combat discrimination in work and society. As such, Pride has become a time to acknowledge the progress that has been made, recognise the issues that the community still face, and amplify the voices that need support.
Pride events take place throughout the year in London, Brighton, Manchester, Reading, Birmingham, and other cities and towns around the entire UK. Generally, each city selects a theme for its events, which can range from parades to festivals to other types of activities.
Getting everyone involved
Consulting with staff or network groups on what your organisation does around Pride (and other key diversity and inclusion events throughout the year) is key.
A diverse group of people will generate more creative solutions; therefore, senior leadership should aim to consult with all staff members and communicate authentically in a way that inspires trust, loyalty, and wellbeing.
What can you do?
To celebrate Pride, enei offers a range of resources suitable for businesses, services, and other organisations that wish to participate. We have put together a useful Quick Guide: LGBTQ+ Pride which includes activities you may wish to consider when planning Pride events for your organisation.
Our hub of exclusive resources, and inspiration has been designed to help our member organisations find the materials they require, easily and efficiently. All our resources relating to LGBTQ+ subjects have been linked below according to type, helping you to access relevant information for Pride Month as well as the rest of the year.
Resources and information
Our blog posts are open access and available to both members and non-members. They offer advice and support in the form of opinion pieces on various diversity, equality, and inclusion (DEI) aspects of the workplace. They may be based on personal experiences and may explore how such encounters had an impact on the contributor and others around them.
Embracing Sexuality Without the Labels: A Journey of Discovery – Every year, the month of June is celebrated as Pride Month. In honour of this, Michelle Davies—service design and operations director at enei—shares her personal thoughts about sexual orientation and identity.
National Coming Out Day – National Coming Out Day is an annual observance on 11 October to recognise and celebrate queer identities to decrease stigma, homophobia, biphobia, and transphobia. In this blog post, Emma Jennings, enei diversity and inclusion lead, explains how coming out can be tiring.
Can LGBTQ+ Rights and Religious Belief Rights Coexist in the Workplace? – For LGBT History Month 2022, our CEO Sandi Wassmer examined what can happen when LGBTQ+ rights and religious beliefs are in conflict.
Celebrating 50 Years of LGBTQ+ Pride: Ten LGBTQ+ Icons Who Inspire Us – June 2022 marked 50 years since the first Pride march in the UK. Here at enei, we recognised the importance of celebrating this milestone and commemorated the occasion by sharing some of the LGBTQ+ icons we admire.
Quick guides offer support and advice in the form of checklists, process maps, charts, fast facts, top tips, downloadable handouts, and other useful resources. These resources are for enei members only, so if you’re not a member yet, contact us to find out more about how to join!
Intersectionality – Intersectionality refers to the interconnected nature of social categories (such as race, gender, class, and sexuality), and how they interact and contribute to systems of oppression and privilege.
These are videos related to diversity, equality, and inclusion (DEI) in the workplace. Videos may be presented in various formats including webinars, interviews, roundtables, panel discussions, and more. Our extensive video library is available to enei members only, so if you’re not a member yet, contact us to find out more about how to join!