Wearing our rainbow all year round - not just for Pride Month

 June is celebrated as Pride Month each year to honour the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in New York City. The uprising took place at the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in Manhattan and was the tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the US.

At DLG we wear our rainbow all year round because we believe it is right in principle and good business practice to be an inclusive and diverse organisation representative of the customers we serve.

To get a better understanding of why Pride month is so important, we spoke to Cameron Walker, Cyber Security Oversight Analyst at DLG, about his experiences of living as a gay man in London. He explains,

“I feel incredibly lucky to live in a city and in a country that is now much more accepting of just allowing people to love whoever they love. Growing up, I could never even begin to contemplate understanding my sexuality, let alone accepting it to then be able to celebrate it. Then when I got to University, I thought things would fall into place but there was still a fear inside of me that was so innate and all-encompassing. It wasn’t until four and a half years after starting university that I finally felt ready to accept my sexuality. 

He continues,

“Pride isn’t just for people within the LGBT+ community; the concept of allyship becomes incredibly important when it comes to countering discrimination indeed, allies are instrumental in the fight for rights, and are some of the most effective and powerful voices of the LGBT+ movement.

“I would say we’re definitely heading in the right direction, with plans such as the recent passing of a bill that effectively bans conversion therapy, and the very recent announcement that the UK will host an international conference next June to discuss the advancement of LGBT+ rights. However, we shouldn’t settle here. It’s one step to see the big corporations adapting their logo with one of the rainbow flags during the month of June, but we need to do more. As with any strand of Diversity and Inclusion, the very crux of diversity is to constantly develop, to never stop, and to keep thinking of ways in which we can make the world a more inclusive place”.

This Pride Month we’ll be supporting organisations that can make a difference in the LGBT+ community, including donations to the Kaleidoscope Trust & MindOut. You can find out more about their work here: links

For more information about our Diversity and Inclusion policies, click here.