In the US, it’s normal for large companies to celebrate LGBT Pride Month, a celebration of the positive impact lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people have on society. Facebook CEO and co-founder Mark Zuckerberg was one of the people who celebrated this occasion.
Zuckerberg posted a photo of him celebrating Pride on Facebook. In the caption, he said:
I’m celebrating LGBT Pride Month to honor those who have stood up for the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness no matter who we are or who we love. Because as far as we’ve come in the fight for equality, we have a lot more work to do.
Today millions of people will march in Pride parades around the world. I stand with them, and I’m committed to making Facebook a safe place for members of the LGBT community everywhere.
Pride Month is held every June to commemorate the Stonewall Riots, a series of demonstrations by the LGBT community against the police in 1969, who raided a bar in Greenwich, New York. Today, the riots are considered as the most important event in the gay liberation movement in the US.
The first Pride March was held in the ’70s, organized by Brenda Howard, a bisexual known as the Mother of Pride. In the US, then President Bill Clinton declared June the Gay & Lesbisn Pride Month in 2000, which President Barack Obama enforced.
Some of the companies that support LGBT rights are Accenture, Amazon, Apple, Coca-Cola, Colgate-Palmolive, eBay, Electronic Arts, Google, HP, HSBC, Intel, Johnson & Johnson, Levi Strauss, Marriott, Microsoft, Nike, PepsiCo, Pfizer, Procter & Gamble, Starbucks, Twitter, Visa, The Walt Disney Company, and many, many, many more.
Pride Month is now being celebrated all over the world.
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