Celebrating Pride Month

Initiating Dialogue, Fostering Awareness, and Exploring Houston

This June, as we commemorate Pride Month, we honor the strength, resilience, and enduring spirit of the LGBTQ+ community. Originating from the pivotal Stonewall riots of 1969, Pride Month today is a celebration of love, acceptance, and equality, a testament to the progress we’ve made and a reminder of the work yet to be done.

Our Inclusion and Diversity Council has curated a series of initiatives, spotlighting those who have made a significant impact on the LGBTQ+ movement and fostering an ongoing dialogue on related issues. We are excited to share a collection of informative articles that delve into the rich history, the victories achieved, and the challenges faced by the LGBTQ+ community.

The Stonewall Riots of 1969

The Stonewall riots of 1969 marked a significant turning point in the fight for LGBTQ+ rights. They took place in the early hours of June 28th, when New York City police carried out a raid on the Stonewall Inn, a gay club located in Greenwich Village. This was a common occurrence at the time, but on this night, the club’s patrons, fed up with constant harassment and discrimination, fought back. The ensuing protest, which lasted several days, galvanized the LGBTQ+ community, leading to a more cohesive and organized fight for equality. These events served as the catalyst for the gay rights movement not only in the United States but around the world, and they are the reason we commemorate Pride Month each June.

Alan Turing “Founder of Computer Science”

Alan Turing, often heralded as the “founder of computer science,” was a key figure in decrypting the Nazi Enigma code during World War II, which significantly contributed to Adolf Hitler’s defeat. Despite these heroic contributions, Turing faced a devastating personal tragedy when he was arrested and chemically castrated due to his relationship with another man, under charges of “gross indecency.” This severe discrimination led to his tragic suicide. In 2013, a symbolic gesture of regret was made when Turing received a royal pardon, acknowledging both his profound contributions to science and the grave injustice he suffered. Turing’s legacy remains pivotal, serving as a stark reminder of the transformative contributions made by members of the LGBTQ+ community and the dire consequences of discrimination.

Additionally, we’re thrilled to showcase local happenings and businesses in our vibrant city of Houston that you can support during Pride Month. We firmly believe in the power of community and that supporting our diverse local scene is integral to fostering an inclusive environment. We invite you to join us in this celebration, to learn, to support, and to stand together in the pursuit of acceptance and equality. Stay tuned for more details as we embrace and celebrate Pride Month together.

Check out local events happening all month long.