Recognizing moments of Pride

With the kickoff of Pride month in June, we would like to recognize Canada’s LGBTQ2+ community, along with those who advocate for equal rights.

2019 is a landmark year for Pride, marking the 50th anniversary of the movement to end discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and the two-spirited (LGBTQ2+) community. In honour of this anniversary, the Royal Canadian Mint has released a new dollar coin (loonie) that celebrates Canada’s LGBTQ2+ community and equality.

It is worth remembering that the global Pride movement began in New York City on June 28, 1969 when police raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in the city’s West Village. The raid prompted patrons and supporters to riot over several days. A year later, the first Gay Pride March, as it was known then, took place in NYC to commemorate the Stonewall riots.

The 50th anniversary of Pride also marks an important moment for Canadians in terms of equal rights: In 1969, Parliament passed a series of amendments to the criminal code that led to the decriminalization of homosexuality in Canada. While to some Canadians this step may not have gone far enough to end legal and social discrimination against the gay community, arguably this legislation marked a significant turning point.

The Pride movement has certainly seen a generational shift since its beginnings in 1969. But while many of the barriers that existed in 1969 – and the decades before and since – have been overcome in the West, there is much to be done to achieve a safer world for the LGBTQ2+ community.

Generational change is a key theme at Richardson GMP

We continue to see firsthand the evolution of helping many client families with a comprehensive plan to transfer their wealth; but, importantly we do not believe this occurs in a vacuum. Individuals, families, businesses, communities and, therefore, wealth and financial wellbeing can only thrive in an inclusive environment.

Inclusivity is enshrined in our principles, which include a commitment to clients, each other and our communities, emphasize progressive thinking, prompt us to embrace the highest standards and question what more we can do to help our clients succeed.

How does this relate to Pride month? These principles serve as our guideposts to building a culture that is inclusive, open and safe for all to excel in their career and in life. In this spirit, Richardson GMP is doing our part to ensure our employees, clients and communities contribute to and benefit from these positive changes towards greater equality.