On June 9, attorneys and staff from Pepper’s Philadelphia office celebrated Pride Month by marching together in the city’s LGBTQ+ Pride Parade and Festival. Pepper’s participation in the event was organized by Pepper Pride, the firm’s affinity group for LGBTQ+ attorneys and staff and their allies.
The first Pride Parades took place in 1970 to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the Stonewall riots — a series of demonstrations by the LGBTQ+ community following a police raid on the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in New York City. Philadelphia’s first Pride Parade was held in 1972.
This year’s Philadelphia Pride Parade, which covered a 1.5-mile route, was the city’s largest ever and the first to be televised. It was also the first year Pepper attorneys and staff joined together to march under a Pepper Pride banner.
“It was exciting to experience the parade with my fellow Pepper Pride members and allies,” said Dennie Zastrow, an associate in Pepper’s Trial and Dispute Resolution Practice Group and the co-chair of Pepper Pride. “We all enjoyed the event and appreciated the opportunity to represent the firm during Pride Month. We hope to march together again next year.”
The mission of the Pepper Pride affinity group is to assist LGBTQ+ members in succeeding as lawyers, professionals and administrative staff at the firm. The group provides an open forum to LGBTQ+ community members for support, guidance and mentoring, and fosters relationship building between the Pepper community and members of the LGBTQ+ community.