破除藩篱:为LGBTQIA等人群设计更好的未来

At SmithGroup, Pride does not stop on June 30th. We are committed to providing a just, equitable and supportive environment for our entire team every day of the year. Since we were not able to celebrate Pride Month together this year, a few of our teammates shared their reflections on Pride and the actions our project teams are taking to Design a Better Future that ensures all people, regardless of their sexual orientation, gender or racial identity, are free from bias and oppression.

SmithGroup LGBTQ Perspectives

PRIDE MONTH: THE PAST IS PRESENT

On June 28, 1969, Christopher Street in New York city erupted in chaos as patrons of the Stonewall Inn refused to disperse as police raided the bar and violated and arrested trans and queer patrons. This interaction turned into a multiple day, often violent exchange, between the LGBTQIA+ community of the Greenwich Village and the police. One year later, 50 years ago this month, the Christopher Street Liberation Day march, along with marches the same weekend in Chicago, Los Angeles and San Francisco, were the first Gay Pride Marches in U.S. history.    

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College campuses LGBTQ SmithGroup Perspectives articles

CAMPUSES THAT EMBRACE AND EMPOWER LGBTQ+ STUDENTS

The underlying systemic inequities highlighted by the COVID-19 pandemic and concurrent Black Lives Matter protests have underscored the need for traditional institutions like colleges and universities to redouble efforts to break down barriers and ensure students of all races, ethnicities, genders, gender expressions and sexual orientations feel welcome on campus.

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SmithGroup LGBTQ Perspectives Transgender

REJECTING CONFORMITY AND BUILDING PRIDE AS A TRANSGENDER ARCHITECT

This year, Pride must address our inability to live up to our ideals of equity and justice. Amid reminders that inequality leads to increased rates of death and disease among those who society deems to be less valuable, we must recommit ourselves to making meaningful change.

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SmithGroup LGTBQ Aids quilt Washington DC

FINDING THE POWER OF PRIDE AT WORK

Approximately half a million LGBT people and allies descended on the nation’s capital on April 25, 1993 for the March on Washington for Lesbian, Gay and Bi Equal Rights and Liberation to proclaim their humanity, decry the response to the AIDS pandemic and demand equal protection under the law.

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