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How is the property industry celebrating Pride in 2023?

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The 1st June marks the beginning of Pride Month, dedicated to celebrating the LGBTQ+ community as well as honouring the community’s history and achievements. 

Pride Month is held in June to commemorate the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in Manhattan, which was the tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the US. The first Pride, was held in June 1970, marking the first anniversary of the uprising. 

Since then, the parades and celebrations have been a sign of working towards liberation, visibility, and equality.

One of the core aspects of Pride Month is visibility, allowing LGBTQ+ individuals to be seen and heard, dismantling stereotypes and challenging societal norms.

This blog aims to raise awareness of the ways the property industry is celebrating Pride, along with some ways you can get involved to support the community this Pride Month in London. 

Pride in the Built Environment

When? Wednesday 7th June 2023

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) are hosting an event in collaboration with Building Equality, BuildOUT California, Freehold and LGBT+ in FM as well as the internal LGBTQ+ network at RIBA, and Pride in RICS.

The event will include constructive conversations on how leaders can make meaningful actions to make the built environment more inclusive and learn what professionals and businesses can be doing to establish habits and behaviours that create more inclusive workplace cultures. 

Find out more here.

Knight Frank partners with Stonewall Housing

Knight Frank is highlighting the need for more LGBTQ+ affirmative senior housing, raising awareness and advocating the challenges LGBTQ+ seniors face should they become homeless. 

LGBTQ+ homeless people over 60, may not feel comfortable seeking help from traditional services or accessing mainstream housing options, Knight Frank are working with Stonewall Housing and Tonic housing to make progress in this space in the future years.

Tonic Housing are the UK’s first provider of LGBTQ+ affirmative retirement housing and is leading the way in creating retirement spaces people and find mutual support and enjoy their later life. 

You can learn more about their partnership here:

The London Pride Parade 

When? Saturday 1st July

Anyone that has experienced a Pride Parade knows that the atmosphere is always full of love, music, acceptance and a sense of community.

Each year Pride in London run the UK’s largest Pride event including the pride parade, providing a vital platform for all members of London’s LGBTQ+ communities. 

The event is designed to showcase the amazing diversity of the community and enable LGBTQ+ people to be visible and vocal about the progress they have made, the work still to be done and the importance of continued advocacy.

Historically the property industry has always supported the parade with a float, with Foxtons and Freehold attending last year.Be sure to keep a look out when you are there.

Why not take a trip into central London to enjoy the colourful celebration! 

Learn more here.

The London LGBTQ+ Stand-up Comedy Festival

When? 17th May – 11th June 

This festival is held over 10 nights and takes place at various venues including 21 Soho and Clapham’s The Two Brewers and features sets from Rhys Nicholson, Hannah Byczkowski and Stephen Bailey.

Click here to learn more.

deverellsmith’s LGBTQ+ quiz

This year, we are holding a ‘Big Pride Quiz’ with our employees to raise money for akt. Our quiz will include questions about the history of Pride Month, LGBTQ+ pop culture and music with the aim to raise awareness and educate our people at deverellsmith.

akt supports LGBTQ+ young people aged 16-25 in the UK who are facing or experiencing homelessness or living in a hostile environment. They help young people to stay safe in a crisis, find emergency accommodation, access specialist support and more.

They help young people to stay safe in a crisis, find emergency accommodation, access specialist support and more. 

Learn more about akt here.

Click here if you would like to donate to our fundraiser.