Being my true self
14 June 2022
June is Pride Month, a very significant time for individuals within the LGBTQIA+ community. There have been a lot of posts on LinkedIn in relation to Pride, with a lot of responding comments around people’s sexuality not being work related.
Working for an employer who is diverse and inclusive is the difference between someone being their authentic selves at work and hiding completely who they really are.
Not being your true self involves hiding who you really are for 1/3 of your week, every week, for 50+ years.
Myself and my wife are fortunate to work for employers where we can be our authentic selves and not be judged negatively for it, this is not case for everybody.
Pride month is so important, it honours the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in Manhattan, but it is also the promotion of self-affirmation, acceptance, equality, and visibility within the LGBTQIA+ community.
Today same sex marriage is only recognised in 30 countries, in 69 countries it is illegal to be in a same sex relationship, in 10 of these countries it is punishable by the death penalty. A lot of change has already taken place, however, there is still a long way to go in terms of changing attitudes and behaviours. The LGBTQIA+ community still receives hate and prejudice on a daily basis.
Choose 2022 to be the year you are an ally, join a march, share/like posts, change your pronouns on your profile/email signature. Make changes now to be part of the wider change, all the small things are what will make big changes happen.