In June of 1969, patrons and supporters of the Stonewall Inn in New York City, a bar known for welcoming LGBTQ+ customers, staged an uprising after months of relentless police harassment and persecution. While many had long been engaged in the fight for LGBTQ+ civil rights, the Stonewall Uprising marked the first time the cause received mainstream attention, or support from activists in other civil rights struggles and the catalyst for the movement. If you want to learn more about the Stonewall Inn uprising history of PRIDE Month, here is a link to a Smithsonian stories: https://www.si.edu/stories/marsha-johnson-sylvia-rivera-and-history-pride-month
PRIDE Month recognizes the impact that LBGTQ+ individuals have played in our society locally, nationally and internationally and raises awareness about LGBTQ+ issues, encourages inclusivity and support, and works to make our communities safter for our LGBTQ+ friends and family members. During PRIDE Month, memorials are held for those members of the community who have been lost to hate crimes such as the June 12, 2016 Pulse shooting in Orlando Florida. Celebrations are also held to honor the Stonewall Inn tipping point and include pride parades, picnics, parties, and workshops. In June vigils are organized to remember those countless lives lost to HIV/AIDS.
The labor movement continues to fight for equal rights, equal pay, and social justice. Our fight for workers’ rights doesn’t begin or end in the workplace. Otherwise, we would at best be leaving our work half done, and at worst indifferent to the way that injustices in the workplace are a microcosm of an unequal society.
CWA Pride at Work represents LGBTQ+ union members and their allies and works to organize mutual support between the Labor Movement and the LGBTQ+ Community to further social and economic justice. To find out more about Pride at Work and how you can get involved please visit: https://www.prideatwork.org/. If you would like to get more involved with the Local 1036’s Civil Rights and Equity Committee, please contact your staff representative.
CWA 1036 is committed to all movements for equality in pay, in work, in our representation, and in our lives. Our union contracts treat everyone the same regardless of race, gender, background, or sexual orientation.
Don’t let our commitment to equality be just an email or just a month of recognition. Take action to Ask the U.S. Senate to pass the Equality Act. Your voice on this issue is important to demand the change we all deserve.
CWA 1036 Membership Committee