What LGBTQ+ Pride Means to Valley - Valley Behavioral Health
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June 22, 2020 By Rebecca Brown, Chief Operating Officer

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LGBTQ+ Pride Month occurs in the United States to commemorate the event that took place at the Stonewall Inn in New York on June 28, 1969. Ongoing police raids of this neighborhood LGBTQ+ community bar resulted in a riot where the patrons of the bar and other supporters fought back against the police brutality. Since then, this has inspired many LGBTQ+ movements, organizations, and events. One of the most popular events is the pride parade! The first Pride Parade took place on June 28, 1970, to mark the anniversary of the Stonewall riot, and they continue to be held for the same reason.

Now with the increase in media visibility, the LGBTQ+ community has grown much stronger. In April 1977, Ellen DeGeneres came out on national television, followed by many other celebrities, including celebrity athletes, comedians, and actors. This was not without backlash; however, because of the continuous effort of the community, change has surfaced: many states now recognize same-sex marriage, state sodomy laws have been dismantled, and the Military Equal Opportunity policy has been adjusted to include gay and lesbian military members.

As sad as it is that these changes were not already in place years ago, there is hope for a more inclusive world in knowing that change can and is taking place. That said, there’s still a lot more to do, and it’s each company’s responsibility to help create more inclusivity within their community.

Valley Behavioral Health (Valley) intends to do just that. Valley has a very diverse staff and supports all races, religions, and sexual orientations. I, as the Chief Operating Officer of Valley, find this to be an especially important part of my company because of my own experiences—I am a proud member of the LBGTQ+ community myself, and as a leader, wife, and mother, I aspire to live my truth and be a powerful example of inclusivity in my home and work environment. Therefore, I strive to be highly involved and build upon the steps Valley has taken to make sure our staff feels supported.

To support our staff and be an example of inclusivity, Valley has built a Human Rights Quarterly Committee, Cultural Responsiveness Committee, and our newest initiative, Project Rainbow. Project Rainbow’s mission is “to empower and create a safe space for LGBTQ+ individuals while educating and building support in the community.” We plan to partner with LGBTQ+ organizations, create a space where staff can reach out and ask questions, and get involved in community events while creating events of our own. We are excited to see this project grow and take on its full potential!

Valley aims to be the number one employer for LGBTQ+ individuals. Not only do we have a strong focus on supporting our LGBTQ+ staff members, but we also have a sturdy focus on serving our LGBTQ+ clients. We have therapists that specialize in helping LGBTQ+ individuals thrive and overcome struggles they may be experiencing.

Happy Pride Month! Valley is proud to be a supporter!

Sources

LGBTQ+ History
LGBTQ+ Right and Milestones

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