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June is National Pride Month. Come out, come out wherever you are!


National Pride Month is observed each June in remembrance of the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in New York. The Stonewall riots were a series of spontaneous demonstrations by members of the LGBT+ community against a police raid that began in the early morning hours of June 28, 1969, at the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village.  This event was the spark that began the modern gay rights/ LGBT+ rights movement.

We’ve come a long way over the past 50+ years in our fight for the right to publicly be our authentic selves, but there’s still room for improvement. I’m fortunate to work for a firm that embraces diversity, and focuses on making all people – regardless of their differences – feel welcome and valued. But…there are still many people who feel the need to hide certain aspects of themselves from the public eye – and some who even have to hide certain aspects of their lives from their families and others close to them. As the LGBT+ community remembered Harvey Milk, the legendary activist, on what would have been his 90th birthday last month, I was inspired again by his words, “I would like to see every gay doctor come out, every gay lawyer, every gay architect come out, stand up and let the world know. That would do more to end prejudice overnight than anybody would imagine. I urge them to do that, urge them to come out. Only that way will we start to achieve our rights.” As an ‘out member’ of the LGBT+ community, I understand what a difference it makes when you feel included and accepted – the courage it takes to be authentically me.

Please join my 11,000+ RSM colleagues and me as we celebrate being our authentic selves every day through advocacy, ally-ship and lots of caring and courage throughout National Pride Month.  (We also celebrated with a virtual parade! Watch our video here.)

Kerensa Butler
Partner and Southeast Private Equity Leader and National Pride Employee Network Group Leader




Pride supports LGBT+ employees, clients and allies through recruitment, retention and business activity alignment with LGBT+ organizations.