PRIDE 2021

Resources for Our LGBTQ+ Team Members and Clients

The History of Pride

The month of June has been celebrated as Pride Month unofficially for almost 50 years, since the Stonewall Uprising of June 1969. It wasn’t until 2000, when President Bill Clinton declared it Gay and Lesbian Pride Month that the U.S. celebrated it officially. Eleven years later, President Barack Obama expanded it to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month.

Pride Month is always an explosion of vibrant colors and cheer, and is meant to not only celebrate the Stonewall Uprising but serve as a month for the LGBTQ community to celebrate their identities, and for companies and organizations to listen and learn and support. Pride Month was started by trans and gender non-conforming folks of color, so cisgender and white allies–both in the LGBTQ community and outside of it–must also make sure to share their platform and support their POC neighbors and community members. Ways to learn and listen are to attend webinars, workshops, symposiums, and podcasts by queer and queer POCs, and to ensure all the content you create uplifts and highlights the queer narrative.

Our Pledge to Be Allies

This year, just like last year, we at Kadiant will be changing our social media logos to our Pride logo to show everyone that we’re allies and we intend to always be allies. We commit to being an open and inclusive employer and service provider, and we commit to being open to feedback from our community. We also challenge other ABA agencies to do the same, and to join us in uplifting LGBTQ team members and clients.

Follow along this month, therefore, as we center the narrative around our queer team members, who we are honored to share their stories and voices.

Keep an eye out for new queer-led podcast episodes on both platforms throughout the month of June, including a special Black in Behavior episode scheduled for June 18th, the day before Juneteenth!