Welcome, FCCDC community, as we embark on a month-long celebration of love, acceptance, and progress. It's June, and the world is adorned in vibrant rainbow colors as we honor Pride Month.

Pride Month is a time when the global LGBTQ+ community and its allies come together to commemorate the ongoing struggle for equality and to recognize the achievements that have been made. It's a time to reflect on the past, celebrate the present, and envision a more inclusive future for all.

The significance of Pride Month dates to the Stonewall riots in June 1969, which marked a turning point in the fight for LGBTQ+ rights. Since then, this annual commemoration has grown into a powerful symbol of resilience, strength, and unity, embracing the diversity of sexual orientations and gender identities.

Pride Month is not only a time for celebration but also a call to action. It encourages us to advocate for the rights and well-being of all individuals, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Together, we can challenge discrimination, fight against stereotypes, and promote a world where everyone can live authentically and without fear. In our country right now the LGBTQ+ communities’ rights are under attack, often to distract the public from some real issues in our country. To quote comedian Wanda Sykes, "Until a drag queen walks into a school and beats eight kids to death with a copy of To Kill a Mockingbird, I think you’re focusing on the wrong s#@+.”

Join us as we amplify LGBTQ+ voices, acknowledge their contributions to society, and educate ourselves on the diverse experiences and journeys within the community. Let us honor the bravery and resilience of those who paved the way, as we work towards creating a more inclusive, accepting, and compassionate world for everyone.

Happy Pride Month! In my 10 years here at the FCCDC I have always felt supported and able to be my authentic self. Let’s stand together in love and solidarity and let our commitment to equity be the driving force for a better tomorrow so that the entire LGBTQ+ community can be their authentic selves. 🌈

Liz Buxton
Director of Operations
Western Massachusetts Food Processing Center