A MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT AND CEO, BILL PARENT

June 12, 2021

June is Pride month throughout the country, a time when the LGBTQIA+ community comes together to celebrate the progress made in their march toward equality and to raise awareness of the challenges they still face. Today, the streets of Boston would typically be filled with rainbow flags and marchers from a myriad of backgrounds. While Boston has postponed their in-person Pride celebrations until the fall, we’re honored to support the Stoughton Diversity & Inclusion Organization’s first annual Pride celebration.

In 1970, the first Pride Parade took place in New York City to commemorate the first anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, widely considered to be the birth of the LGBTQ+ movement. Boston first celebrated Pride a year later in 1971. Over 50 years later, we’re still working toward a society in which embracing ourselves and each other for who we are is the norm.

A lot has happened since demonstrators first took to the streets of Boston, marching from one landmark to the next in that first parade. During these first pride events, it was considered revolutionary to see members of the LGBTQIA+ communities proudly declare their existence, their love and their pride.

Since then, we’ve evolved in many monumental ways, but we’ve yet to achieve equality everywhere for all.

Envision Bank is committed to diversity and inclusion, and to joyfully celebrating with pride the individuals that enrich our lives, our workforce and the communities in which we live. Diversity is more than embracing our differences: it’s about finding the threads that unite us to weave together a beautiful and complex fabric that wraps around our community and lovingly holds us together.

To all who will be celebrating Pride, whether virtually or in-person, my Envision Bank colleagues and I wish you a Happy Pride!