Be Yourself - Pride Month
At SLR, one of the 5 pillars of ‘Our Culture’ is to Be Yourself; we believe that everyone should be able to come to work and be seen, heard and recognised for who they are and what they bring to the company, regardless of gender, ethnicity, nationality, age, or sexual orientation.
In recognition of Pride month, in June, and because we want to signal our support for everyone to take pride in being themselves at SLR, we will be updating our logo on our external platforms to include an inclusivity flag, to celebrate the diversity of the LGBTQ+ community.
We recognise that there is still plenty of work for us to do, but we approach our work on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I) with optimism, knowing it requires sustained commitment to eliminate barriers that have prevented the full participation of some groups.
In 2021 our Global Diversity & Inclusion Council was formed to share ideas and best practices across our regions and support the regional DE&I committees in delivering what has been identified as being important for their region.
We are proud to nurture a diverse and inclusive culture where the individual differences among us are:
(a) welcomed, understood, respected, and appreciated;
(b) recognised as a source of strength and unity for the company; and
(c) valued as qualities that enrich the environment in which we work.
What is Pride month?
This June marks the 53rd anniversary of Pride month which is celebrated globally to honour the 1969 Stonewall riots in New York City, as well as the work that is being done to achieve acceptance, equal justice and equal opportunity for the LGBTQ+ community. Although huge strides have been made for equality over recent years, there is still a long way to go.
What does the flag mean?
The Progress Pride flag was designed by non-binary American artist and designer Daniel Quasar (who uses xe/xyr pronouns) in 2018. It is based on the iconic rainbow flag from 1978, but was redesigned to call for a more inclusive society, alongside celebrating the diversity of the LGBTQ+ community. Valentino Vecchietti of Intersex Equality Rights UK adapted the Pride Progress flag design to incorporate the intersex flag, creating this Intersex-Inclusive Pride flag 2021. This initiative shows that even the design of the flag is always a work in 'Progress'.
This article provides a great summary of the flag’s evolution.
Opportunities for learning
Pride month is a great opportunity to learn about the fight for what's right, and to pitch in as well. If you want to learn more, a number of streaming sites have a genre page for Pride month that includes movies, documentaries, tv shows and more. Take the time to learn about the people who helped bring this movement together.
The history of Pride
More information about the history of the Stonewall Riots can be found here.