For the LGBTQIA+ community, June is a month of celebration, remembrance and reflection of a now 50-year journey for equality and justice. Tremendous strides have been made, but the work is not done.
The first Pride celebration occurred one year after the 1969 Stonewall Riots. Led by Black transgender activists Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera, these events marked the beginning of public outcry for equal rights for the LGBTQIA+ community. The bravery of these two leaders and countless others in the face of inequality and injustice paved the way for LGBTQIA+ rights as we know them today.
Today, the STAR Employee Resource Group supports national and local efforts to ensure equality for all races.
“As STAR celebrates Pride this month, we recognize and honor the marginalized members of the LGBTQIA+ community and firmly commit to amplifying their voices ,” said Amber Woodard, Co-Chair of the STAR ERG.
If you'd like to join us as part of the LGBTQIA+ community or in allyship, we invite you to become a member of STAR. Membership is confidential if requested. For more information, or to become a member, reach out to Amber Woodard or Terri DeWees.
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