June is Pride month, a nationwide celebration of the contributions gay, lesbian, bisexual, queer, transgender people and their allies have made to our lives and culture.

Here are some interesting PRIDE facts we turned up for you:

  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Allies Pride Month (LGBTQA Pride Month) is currently celebrated each year in the month of June to honor the 1969 Stonewall riots in Manhattan. The Stonewall riots were a tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States.
  • In the late ’60s, New York had laws prohibiting homosexuality in public and private gatherings of the community were often raided. On June 28, 1969, a scuffle broke out between the patrons of Stonewall Inn at Greenwich Village and the police during such a raid, which resulted in three successive days of riots and protests. The incident received considerable media coverage and became the focal point for the modern gay civil rights movement.
  • The rainbow flag is the most-recognized LGBT symbol. Designed by Gilbert Baker in 1978, it initially featured eight symbolic colors, which was later cut down to six — red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and violet.
  • According to the L.A.Times, in the six months following the Supreme Court’s ruling (which made gay marriage legal in the US), nearly 100,000 gay couples wed.
  • Only two U.S. presidents have so far issued official proclamations declaring June a month to celebrate and honor the LGBT community. Former President Bill Clinton started the tradition in 1999, and it was followed by President Barack Obama, who has signed a proclamation every year since 2009.

What is an Ally? #IAmAnAlly

The mission of the #BeAnAlly Campaign is to increase awareness of Capgemini NA’s Employee Resource Group (ERG) Program and inform our colleagues about ways they can support the ERGs, regardless of the dimensions of diversity with which they identify.

As connected to Diversity & Inclusion efforts, the concept of an Ally is rooted in the LGBTA movement. An Ally, as defined by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), is “a person who is not LGBT but shows support for LGBT people and promotes equality in a variety of ways.” Allies are often heterosexual (straight) and/or cisgender: “a person whose gender identity aligns with those typically associated with the sex assigned to them at birth.”

We are absolutely thrilled to share two videos produced by Capgemini Group’s YouTube Channel and our OUTfront team in the UK, speaking to the LGBT Experience and How to Be An Ally at Capgemini.

Check out these YouTube videos they produced!

LGBT Experiences at Work

Being an LGBT Ally at Work

Who is  OUTfront?

Capgemini’s LGBTQ and Ally ERG whose objective is to provide a forum for education and awareness supporting the professional growth of LGBTQA (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Allies) individuals by fostering a safe environment within Capgemini North America for individuals to be authentic in the workplace. We have members all over North America as well as the UK with further global expansion planned in the coming years.or any questions or to learn more about OUTfront and to get involved, please reach out to Braden Thompson & Warren Pinto at outfront.nar@capgemini.com.