History of Pride

June 26, 2020

The Core Values of The Renewal Workshop are shared on our About Us page and we use them to help guide us in building our brand partnerships, creating the work environment for our team, and laying out our business strategy.

Creating an inclusive culture is part of our DNA and called out specifically in our Love and Light value:

Love & Light

We encourage each other to follow whatever personal path brings us joy.  We dwell in the positive and live lightly without being dragged down by burden.  We recognize that living true to oneself is freedom.

Brian Thompson recently wrote about the history of pride in Forbes and we share this summary:

History has shown us that moments of disruption can bring awareness to deep-seated problems and energize people to take action.  Pride parades that usually take place this month commemorate one such moment.  On June 28, 1969, eight officers from the New York City Public Morals Division raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in Greenwich Village.  Although raids like this were not unusual, this time was different because the patrons fought back. People from neighboring bars joined the fight, hundreds of people resisted , windows were broken and cars were lit on fire.  Although the rioting subsided, thousands of people joined in a protest that lasted for the next 6 days.

The riots and protest brought a new awareness of the LGBTQ struggle for equal rights and elevated the movement to a new level.  Each year the anniversary of Stonewall is marked by LGBTQ events and Pride parades.  Over the last 40 years, progress has been made toward equality—marriage and adoption is legal in all 50 states.  Yet in 2020, you can still be legally fired for being LGBTQ.

This brief history of Pride reminds us that the struggle for equity and justice are community responsibilities and we must support and celebrate each other in achieving freedom for everyone. Love and Light.


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