As we enter Pride Month 2023, it is important to reflect on the theme of “Rage and Resilience.” Pride Month stands as a testament to the invincible spirit of the LGBTQ+ community, whose journey has been defined by both righteous anger and unwavering strength in the face of adversity.


Pride Month in the United States originated from the Stonewall Uprising. In the early hours of June 28, 1969, patrons of the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in New York City, fought back against a police raid, igniting days of protests and demonstrations. This event marked a turning point for the LGBTQ+ community, as it galvanized their collective rage against systemic oppression and discrimination. One year later, on the anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising, the first Pride marches were organized in New York City, Los Angeles, and Chicago. Today, Pride Month serves as an annual opportunity to raise awareness, celebrate diverse sexual orientations and gender identities, advocate for LGBTQ+ rights, and promote inclusivity and acceptance in society.

The Power of Rage:

Rage is an emotion born out of the systemic discrimination and injustices that the LGBTQ+ community has faced. As seen in the Stonewall Riots, rage can be a powerful force for change, but it must be channeled in productive ways. Whether it is in our communities, at home, or in the workplace, encouraging open dialogue, listening to concerns, and validating experiences are essential steps in harnessing the raw emotion of rage to create platforms for allies and marginalized communities to challenge the status quo and advocate for change.

Building Resilience:

Resilience is the ability to bounce back and adapt in the face of adversity. LGBTQ+ individuals have historically demonstrated remarkable resilience, overcoming societal barriers to thrive personally and professionally. As LGBTQ+ individuals are attacked every day — either in school, the workplace, politically, or just merely for existing — it is important to use Pride Month, and everyone month of the year, to join their fight and honor their strength and resilience.

Pride Month Workplace Resources:

  • Out & Equal Workplace Advocates: Out & Equal is a nonprofit organization dedicated to LGBTQ+ workplace equality. Through their resources, training programs, and events, they provide support and empower LGBTQ+ individuals in the workplace.
  • National LGBTQ+ Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC): The NGLCC advocates for LGBTQ+ entrepreneurs and professionals, offering certification programs, networking opportunities, and access to corporate supplier diversity programs.
  • National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE): The NCTE is a social justice advocacy organization dedicated to advancing the rights of transgender and gender non-conforming individuals. Their website offers resources on healthcare, legal rights, and policy issues affecting the transgender community.
  • LGBT National Help Center: The LGBT National Help Center operates hotlines for LGBTQ+ individuals, providing confidential support, information, and resources. They offer services such as the LGBT National Hotline, LGBT National Youth Talkline, and LGBT National Senior Hotline.
  • Pride at Work: Pride at Work is an LGBTQ+ labor organization that advocates for workplace equality. They focus on issues such as employment discrimination, healthcare access, and fair treatment in the workplace. Their website provides resources for LGBTQ+ workers and allies.

Embracing the power of rage and resilience is crucial in our pursuit of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Pride Month reminds us that the fight for equality is ongoing, and by utilizing these resources, we can navigate the workplace with strength and find supportive environments that embrace LGBTQ+ inclusion. Let us celebrate the progress made, honor the resilience of the community, and continue to advocate for a future where everyone can thrive authentically, free from discrimination and prejudice.