News of the Firm Jun 1, 2022
Pride Month: The Value of Diversity
For Pride Month 2022, BCF wishes to express once again its solidarity and support to the LGBTQ+ communities here and abroad. Together, let’s celebrate the power and richness of diversity.
“Diversity in our corporate culture is an asset,” says Dominique Babin, partner and co-chair of the firm’s Social Responsibility Committee. “All of our employees should feel that they are supported in their uniqueness and respected in their difference.”
“June is an important month as it reminds us that being proud of who we really are should be celebrated every day of the year,” says Pierre T. Allard, BCF’s Managing Partner. “We are proud to support members of the LGBTQ+ communities and value their inclusion within the firm.”
Pride month not only celebrates the LGBTQ+ communities, but also commemorates the Stonewall riots that occurred on June 28, 1969, in New York City. A year after these events, thousands of protesters gathered in the streets of New York City for what many consider to be the first Pride March.
For over 50 years, the month of June has been a reminder of how important it is to raise awareness of the societal issues that this community faces and continues to face to this day. To acknowledge and celebrate the LGBTQ+ community’s contributions is paramount, just as being an ally is too.
3 Ways to Celebrate Pride Month
1. Participate in Pride Events
There are several Pride marches and parades. In Montréal, the Montréal Pride Festival will begin on August 1, 2022, and end with the Pride Parade on August 7. In Québec City, the Fête Arc-en-ciel from September 1 to 4 is an opportunity for people to come together to celebrate sexual and gender diversity in Québec City.
2. Be a Better Ally
Pride month celebrates love, acceptance of self and others, and pride in being who you are. However, this celebration extends beyond the month of June. Raising awareness about the LGBTQ+ community can and should be done year-round with those closest to you. All it takes is an honest and genuine conversation with your co-workers, friends, or family to change people’s mindset.
3. Educate yourself about LGBTQ+ issues
There is still a lot of discrimination against the LGBTQ+ community. Getting educated on LGBTQ+ rights progress or being regularly exposed to LGBTQ+ culture is one of the best ways to support this minority and increase your awareness.
BCF wishes you a colourful and festive Pride Month!
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