Move for Pride
Throughout Pride Month our LGBTQ+ Network, Unity, encouraged our colleagues to show their allyship by moving. Whether it was getting outside with friends and family or taking part in your daily fitness regime and commute, the team were united virtually and combined their efforts to travel to LGBTQ+ significant locations worldwide.
We started our challenge in Trafalgar Square – London. Trafalgar Square is a significant location in queer UK history. On 1 July 1972, the UK’s first Pride march was held in London. The team quickly made it to Manchester, England and the home of the Alan Turing Memorial. Shortly followed by Weesp, Netherlands where the worlds first same sex marriages took place in 2001.
The team's next virtual target was Berlin and the Holocaust Memorial to Homosexuals Persecuted Under Nazism. They also reached Sitges, a small coastal town southwest of Barcelona, which has long been home to a flourishing LGBTQ+ community.
The final location was The Stonewall Inn, New York completing a massive 9,005 kilometres! Stonewall became the first LGBT site in the USA to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1999, and named a National Historic Landmark in 2000. The site was designated a New York City Landmark in 2015, a State Historic Site in 2016, and as part of Stonewall National Monument in 2016.