Every June, we celebrate Pride Month in recognition of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Two-Spirited and other identities and orientations (2SLGBTQIA+) community around the world. We dedicate this month to uplifting the voices of the 2SLGBTQIA+ members in our communities, workplace and homes.
Pride Month has its roots in the Stonewall riots – a series of demonstrations by 2SLGBTQIA+ community members in response to a police raid that began on June 28, 1969, at the Stonewall Inn in Manhattan, New York City. By the time the protests ended on July 2, 1969, the gay rights movement went from being a fringe issue to front-page news worldwide; one year later, activists in New York City marched the streets to commemorate the day.
This year, we sat down with Raúl Cedeño, a senior communications specialist at TC Energy based in Mexico City, who is a member of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community. Raúl shared his story of struggling with feelings of acceptance from his peers before eventually finding his support system. Raúl is also a Mental Health and Inclusion champion at TC Energy, helping grow our culture of mental wellness and inclusion.