MHA Moore and Smalley celebrates pride month

This June, MHA Moore and Smalley will celebrate and support our LGBTQI+ communities throughout Pride Month.

Each year, during the month of June, the global LGBTQI+ community comes together in celebration, support, and awareness through a variety of events and activities.

The history behind Pride being celebrated in June dates back to 1969 and the Stonewall Riots. The Stonewall Riots, also referred to as the Stonewall Uprising began on 28 June 1969 when New York City police raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay club located in Greenwich Village. This raid sparked riots which lasted for six days and acted as a catalyst for what would become the gay rights movement.

Back to the present day and Pride Month is both a month of celebration, but also a moment to reflect and make a stand against current issues affecting the LGBTQI+ community.

As a firm, MHA Moore and Smalley marks the occasion by celebrating our LGBTQI+ colleagues and community but also using this opportunity to raise vital funds for relevant charities. This year we will be supporting the Rainbow Youth & Community Trust and raising funds for their Money Matters campaign. The campaign provides free financial education for young members of the LGBTQI+ community and those with neurodivergent conditions which aligns with our own purpose projects.

Partnering with the Rainbow Youth & Community Trust aligns with the firm’s wider charitable ambitions to support projects and organisations whose goals are to break down barriers to accessing financial education.

Danny Houghton, societal partner at MHA Moore and Smalley said:

“It is really important that the firm is able to mark Pride month with both awareness sessions and fundraising activities. In particular we look to support charities that provide financial education and services to the LGBTQI+ communities.”

Over the course of the month the firm will have a range of events and awareness sessions taking place across our North West offices on subjects including the history of Pride, acceptance and how this has changed over the years, and what it means to be an ally of the LGBTQI+ community. In addition, we will also be hosting wear it rainbow days and, cake and bake sales across our offices.

Danny continues:

“The events that we will be putting on over the course of the month cover both fundraising activities so that we can raise as much money as possible for our chosen charity, but also education and awareness sessions so that our people can learn more about the history of Pride and the struggles that the LGBTQI+ have and continue to face today.

“Our fundraising activities during Pride Month are a part of our wider partnership with the UK Community Foundation (UKCF) to collaborate and support financial education-focussed projects and organisations through fundraising activities to make a positive impact across communities in the North West.”

The Rainbow Youth & Community Trust provides a safe space for young people in the LGBTQ+ community and you can learn more about their work by visiting their website.