At Vanti, we pride ourselves on our culture and providing a workplace where people can bring their full selves to work every day without fear of being discriminated against because of race, gender or sexuality.
We constantly strive to provide a working environment which is free of hate and where everybody understands, respects and supports each other and the challenges we all face as individuals every day.
It’s why we’re proud to be joining millions around the world in celebrating the LGBTQ+ community as part of Pride 2022 throughout June.
Pride originally began as a tribute to those which took part in the Stonewall Uprising in 1969, a landmark moment in the history of LGBQT+ rights, where a series of spontaneous protests by members of the gay community took place in response to a police raid that began in the early morning hours of June 28, 1969, at the Stonewall Inn, a popular bar with the gay community, in the Greenwich Village neighbourhood of Lower Manhattan in New York City.
It has now turned into an annual global celebration of the LGBTQ+ community where thousands of events take place around the world to recognise the influence LGBTQ+ people have had in our society and to celebrate the diversity that enriches all of our lives.
As a Birmingham-based business, we feel lucky to live, work and play in one of the UK’s most diverse cities. As well as being one of the youngest cities in Europe, with 40% of Birmingham residents under the age of 25, Birmingham also has a rich ethnic and cultural diversity, with just 53% of the population identifying as white British. We also have openly gay political leaders on our doorstep, including Mayor of the West Midlands, Andy Street, and MP for Birmingham Northfield, Gary Sambrook.
This level of diversity is something which our city is rightfully proud of and is something we want to support and replicate at Vanti. While we think we are on the right track, we are also aware that we have more to do, and know that it is something we should never stop looking at improving.
It’s why we would urge everybody to support groups such as Birmingham LGBT, a grassroots charity which has been helping to raise awareness of the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people in Birmingham and beyond, to advocate for their needs to the wider community and to promote opportunities to enable them to fully participate in the lives of their community.
Birmingham Pride held its first event back in 1997 and has become one of the most important LGBTQ+ festivals in the UK attracting over 40,000 people over the course of the weekend to the festival site in the heart of the LGBTQ+ village, and over 75,000 participating in or watching the annual pride parade through the streets of Birmingham.
Birmingham Pride has supported numerous LGBTQ+ community groups, charities, and events since 2014, raising funds for much needed services within our community. It has awarded more than £353,000 and provided additional, accessible subsidies in excess of £190,000.
For more information about this year’s event, click here.