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NewsJun 23, 2020

Pride in Solidarity: OPEN Pride Credera Celebrates Pride Month 2020

Annie Brennan

This year’s Pride Month comes at a time when celebrating our differences and standing up for what is right is more important than ever, but things look a bit different compared to most Pride months.

Parades and festivals may have been moved or canceled due to COVID-19. The usual array of rainbows may not be as prevalent in shop fronts or along the streets as we shift our focus towards the immediacy of the Black Lives Matter movement. 

Our Credera Employee Resource Group, OPEN Pride Credera (OPC), is still planning several events to celebrate this year’s Pride month remotely, but all of their events are planned in solidarity and informed by the Black Lives Matter movement.

Current events have provided an opportunity to reflect upon and appreciate the pieces of LGBTQ+ culture that would not exist without its Black members.

  • The Stonewall uprising in 1969 was a riot against the New York City police that lasted for five days and ignited the gay rights movement as we know it today

  • Marsha P. Johnson, a Black trans woman, threw the first brick, igniting the riots. Her organization, STAR, revolutionized queer movements and organized the first Gay Pride Parade

  • In an effort to acknowledge the racism that can run rampant in the LGBTQ+ community, Philadelphia introduced an updated flag with Black and Brown stripes at the top.  Amber Hikes, a Black queer woman, was one of its champions

  • Lena Waithe, James Baldwin, Angela Davis, Tracy Chapman, Audre Lorde, Little Richard, Laverne Cox, Frank Ocean, Alice Walker, and many other Black members of the LGBTQ+ community have contributed to our cultural landscape

  • Tony McDade, a Black Trans man who was killed by Tallahassee, FL police on May 27th  

This is not an exhaustive list by any means. Our OPC group hopes to instead shed light on a part of the LGBTQ+ community that is often overlooked. 

OPC is proudto celebrate the inclusive and welcoming spirit of Pride Month. Stay tuned this month as we #CelebrateAuthenticityby reflecting on Pride, identity, social justice, and inclusion.

Happy Pride. Black Lives Matter.