Happy Pride Month
|As this June commemorates the 54th anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in New York, CWA Human Rights celebrates the LGBTQ+ community and fight for equal rights.|
The Stonewall Uprising began on June 28, 1969, when police raided the Stonewall Inn, a prominent gay bar in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village. The customers took a stand when the police became violent, and riots ensued for days following the raid. These riots and protests are credited in the shift of LGBTQ+ civil rights movement in the U.S. On June 28, 1970, the one-year anniversary of the Stonewall uprising, America’s first gay pride marches were held in New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago.
Unions nationwide have fought hard to make sure that employers do not discriminate against LGBTQ+ people in the workplace. The strongest protections for LGBTQ+ working people are in a union contract. Inclusive contracts prevent discrimination, provide support, bring better wages, and lead to stability for working people. Workers come together to set standards and determine what is fair and just, not for one, but for the whole. LGBTQ+ pride is important in unions because it helps to create a safe and inclusive environment for all workers.