On 1st July 1972, the first ever Pride march was held in London. Over seven hundred members of the LGBTQ+ community paraded through the city, partying defiantly in the face of heavy police presence and intrigued onlookers.
The past fifty years has seen a great advance in the rights and freedoms of LGBTQ+ people, and the hopes of many involved in the first Pride march have become a reality, although the need remains for further progress along the journey.
Venn Group is committed to supporting the LGBTQ+ community and we have made several strides in our own diversity and inclusion journey: increasing the personal characteristic options for non-binary individuals; providing the option to display personal pronouns in our email sign-offs; and platforming the experiences of our LGBTQ+ employees in our Personal Perspectives series.
This year’s LGBTQ+ history month is focused on ‘Politics in Art: The Arc is Long’ and celebrates the talented individuals whose artistic expression has had a positive impact on the journey to equality.
Each week in February we will be featuring a different artist alongside their work and learn how their ability to effect change in the past can help us to secure greater freedom and equality in our present and future.