President Obama has declared June to be Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month. Here at JetBlue, we’re proud to join in the celebrations by recognizing and honoring the contributions made by the LGBT community.
It all began in our hometown in June 1969 with the Stonewall Riots – a series of events in which patrons of the Stonewall Inn, a Greenwich Village gay bar, fought back against police brutality. (You’ll remember our own JetPride flight in May was numbered 1969 in honor of the Stonewall Riots.) It marked a turning point in our history, the point in which a national movement to secure equal rights and protections for LGBT individuals truly took off.
Each year around this time, cities all over the country – and the world – celebrate as millions of LGBT people and their friends and family take to the streets to show solidarity and to increase visibility. We sponsor a number of these Pride celebrations, including those in Austin, Long Beach, Sacramento and Salt Lake City.
At JetBlue we’re proud to be named one of the Best Places to Work in America by the Human Rights Campaign, and we’re happy to lend our support to the LGBT community by helping out organizations like the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center; the Ali Forney Center, a shelter for homeless LGBT youth in New York; and the Point Foundation, an organization that provides scholarships to students who’ve been marginalized due to their sexual orientation.