Samantha Bradley & David Lever’s stories
Recognising LGBTQ+ History Month
Perhaps it is just human nature to look for danger and negativity because often when we reflect on history we tend to remember the troubled times. Like any optimist would tell you in a cycle the good times always follow the bad, hard work pays off and the good guy always gets the girl (or boy 😉) at the end of the film. LGBTQ+ History month is no different and we observe the often-troubling reflections of the past, teamed with the victory or triumph which followed it. June 2022 marks 50 years of the Pride celebrations in the UK and it’s amazing to think of the accomplishments achieved in that time regarding shifts in political climates, rights won and the hearts and minds which have been changed by our loving community. At Building Pride, we want to think of this year’s LGBTQ+ History month like it is 5,10,50 years in the future and what actions it would take now to achieve those future ambitions. We would like to predict a future where we will look back on there being a cure for HIV and AIDS, marriage is legal in all countries for all people and same-sex couples have the same rights to IVF or starting a family as anyone else. The actions we take today impact tomorrow's horizon and we are proud to do our part in that global shift.
Lesbian Visibility Day: In Conversation with Sarah Mantle-Gray
Sarah Mantle-Gray, shares her view on visibility in the workplace as part of the LGBTQ+ community and her experience as a new parent following the recent birth of her first child and what being LGBTQ+ has meant to her personally and professionally.
Looking back with (virtual) pride
It’s fair to say that Pride celebrations around the world haven’t quite been what anyone really expected this year. But as we head through another month of altered working practices and uncertainty we’ve reflected on how much we were able to do – and it certainly fills us with pride.