The first LGBT+ Pride march, coordinated by the late bisexual activist Brenda Howard, took place in the streets of New York City on June 28, 1970. This event marked the one-year anniversary of the Stonewall riots, when the LGBT+ community clashed with law enforcement following a number of police raids at the Stonewall Inn and surrounding gay bars.
Since this turning point in LGBT+ history, the movement has spread across the globe in support of the riots' original mission: civil rights for the LGBT+ community. Currently, nearly 60 Pride parades take place in June and July across various countries around the world as part of LGBT+ Pride Month celebrations.
Pride in London’s theme for 2018’s LGBT+ Pride Month is "Pride Matters", so we asked Wood Mackenzie LGBT+ employees and allies what Pride means to them and why it’s so important in today’s society.