The importance of inclusion.
Following The Stonewall Riots in June 1969, important protests began in the US which led to gay rights changing across the world.
Since then, Pride takes place every June to celebrate how far LGBTQ+ rights have come, and highlights the work that still needs to be done.
From acceptance to equality, understanding to celebration – Pride is all about raising awareness, coming together and celebrating the freedom of being yourself.
Understanding the relevance
Although Pride has been ongoing for over 50 years, the relevance still remains as high as when it first began.
Through understanding each other enables true inclusivity to be made – we believe this strongly impacts the workplace.
We spoke to Charlie, our Learning & Development Manager all about her experiences and the importance Pride.
As soon as I had my first interview, I saw Baxter Freight’s values displayed around the building. The value which resonated most with me was “We are authentic” because that’s something that I haven’t always been able to be in previous roles.
Within my first few days here, I felt comfortable enough to place my family portrait on my desk, where everyone could see, something I haven’t been able to do before.
After putting up my family portrait what I liked the most was that there was no reaction or shock to it, it was simply a picture of my loved ones.
It’s clear that everyone at Baxter Freight really follows the values, which ultimately allow me to be me.
Having to lie about my personal life wasn’t healthy and had a real impact on my ability to do my job.
Previous colleagues have made comments about my relationship which made me feel objectified, something that I don’t think would’ve happened within a heterosexual relationship. I also think that being part of the LGBTQ+ community has sometimes prevented my career progression within previous roles.
Learning about Pride means that equality and diversity can truly be reached. It also helps steer employers away from the 9 characteristics of discrimination when recruiting future employees.
Opening up conversations allows you to be aware of issues your peers are facing, which otherwise you might not have known about.
Ultimately I’d say don’t be afraid to ask questions to your colleagues – it’s okay! When we understand each other, we’re able to grow and develop.