Pride Month: Celebrating Progress and Embracing Inclusion

June 19, 2023

From Past Struggles to Present Triumphs, the LGBTQ+ Community Shines Brightly


It's time to celebrate Pride Month, a period set aside to recognize the history, accomplishments, and resilience of the LGBTQ+ community, as we enter the exciting and uplifting month of June. Pride Month serves as a reminder of the advancements achieved towards a more inclusive society, with rainbows decorating the streets and love infusing the atmosphere. Let's examine the historical developments and more current advancements that have influenced how LGBTQ+ people are treated and recognized while still keeping the CWB Group in mind.

Section 1: Stonewall and the Birth of a Movement

A significant moment in LGBTQ+ history occurred in the summer of 1969 on the streets of Greenwich Village, New York City. A rebellion against police raids and prejudice found its centre at the Stonewall Inn, a shelter for the oppressed LGBTQ+ community. The current LGBTQ+ rights movement began with this rebellion, which was led by transgender women of colour, including Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera.

Section 2: Decades of Activism and Legal Battles

LGBTQ+ activists struggled tenaciously for acceptance, equality, and acknowledgment in the years that followed. As the community came together to assist those impacted and demand access to healthcare and equal treatment during the AIDS crisis of the 1980s, it brought about both devastation and unification.

The "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy of the US military was repealed, and same-sex relationships were officially recognized in a number of jurisdictions during the 1990s. The barriers of prejudice started to slowly come down as a result of these triumphs and increased prominence in popular culture.

Marriage Equality and a Cultural Shift

The legalization of same-sex marriage in several nations, including the United States, in 2015 was one of the most momentous triumphs in modern history. No matter a person's gender or sexual orientation, this Supreme Court ruling was a game-changer for social standards and emphasized the value of love and devotion. Families and friends of LGBTQ+ couples celebrated their unions, and a message of inclusivity spread around the world.

The Power of Visibility and Representation

Although there has been progress, there are still problems, and the fight for LGBTQ+ rights is ongoing. However, representation and visibility have developed into potent change agents. Popular culture has been essential in forming public perception and promoting acceptance, from TV shows with LGBTQ+ characters to acclaimed films that examine their experiences.

LGBTQ+ Rights in Canada: Progress and Challenges

Canada has become a global pioneer in recent decades when it comes to advancing equality, inclusivity, and LGBTQ+ rights. The country has made tremendous progress in recognizing and defending the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) people, according to an extensive piece from The Canadian Encyclopedia. The legalization of homosexuality in 1969, followed by the inclusion of sexual orientation in the Canadian Human Rights Act in 1996, marked a significant turning point. Legal triumphs later made it possible for same-sex marriage to be legalized in 2005, making it one of the first nations in the world to do so. Additionally, Canada has taken action to defend the rights of transgender people by enacting a federal law that forbids discrimination based on gender identity or expression in 2016.

However, despite these advancements, challenges persist on the path towards full LGBTQ+ equality. The essay emphasizes the importance of ongoing efforts to promote acceptance and understanding by highlighting persistent prejudice and hate crimes against LGBTQ+ people. Transgender rights particularly, remain an area of focus, as issues like healthcare accessibility, legal recognition, and protection against discrimination require further attention. However, Canada's effort to advance LGBTQ+ rights through legislative measures, educational initiatives, and public awareness campaigns demonstrates the nation's commitment to creating an inclusive and diverse society for its residents.¹

The CWB Group and LGBTQ+ Inclusion:

Within the welding industry, the CWB Group recognizes the importance of inclusivity and support for the LGBTQ+ community. By fostering an environment where all individuals, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, feel welcome and valued, the CWB Group promotes diversity and contributes to the overall success of the welding industry.


As Pride Month unfolds, let's celebrate the milestones achieved and acknowledge the ongoing journey toward true equality and acceptance. From the brave souls who ignited the flames of change at Stonewall to the continued strides in LGBTQ+ rights, the community's strength and resilience shine brightly. By embracing diversity and promoting inclusivity in all aspects of life, including the welding industry, we can build a better, more vibrant future for everyone.

During Pride month, the DEI committee encourages 2SLGBTQIA+ allies to support the community in whichever way they choose. One way of supporting the community is to promote or purchase from businesses and organizations that align, with or are run by a member of the 2SLGTBQIA+ community, not only during Pride month but all year round.

Remember, love is love, and it knows no boundaries. Happy Pride Month!


¹ "The Canadian Encyclopedia." The Canadian Encyclopedia, Accessed 24 May 2023.