Why Bee-Nails celebrates Juneteenth and Pride

“My humanity is bound up in yours, for we can only be human together.” Desmond Tutu

Bee-Nails is committed to inclusion, diversity and love for all—regardless of race, sexual orientation or gender. We believe everyone belongs.

As we celebrate diversity, June offers two awesome and important opportunities to elevate conversations around these issues: Juneteenth and Pride.

Juneteenth is a celebration of freedom. It commemorates the end of slavery after the Civil War, when Gordon Granger, a Union general, arrived in Galveston, Texas, to inform enslaved African-Americans of their freedom and that the Civil War had ended on June 19, 1865—putting into effect the Emancipation Proclamation from two years earlier.

This year, following the protests against police brutality and structural racism toward black Americans, we will lean into the act of joy and traditional celebrations as resistance.

The entire month of June is also Pride month, the time of year when we celebrate the LGBT+ community and commemorate the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in Manhattan, which represented a turning point in the equality movement.

As a colony, when one of our members isn’t thriving, none of us are. That’s why we’re taking the time this month to recognize these two important commemorations and consider how we can contribute to making this world a better place for all people. We encourage you to do the same, through education, support or celebration—whatever calls your name. #BeeYourBest and help your neighbor do the same.