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Why is LGBTQ+ Pride at work important?

10 June 2021 | 2 minute watch

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Why is LGBTQ+ Pride at work important?

Note: We have provided a transcript of the video if you are unable to listen to the audio. This transcript is generated using a combination of speech recognition software and human transcribers and may contain errors.

Graham Webster (00:07): I think for me there are really two aspects here; the first is a very basic one and it's about feeling comfortable with who you are and about being confident that you will be treated equally both to your peers and also to the other people who work within an organisation.

Federica Spagnoletti (00:21): Pride is existing without the fear, the shame, the embarrassment of who you are and being the best person you can be.

Chad Lavallee (00:32): It means I can be me, and who doesn't want to be accepted for who they are!

Jamie Brown (00:36): For me, Pride means being the best version of myself at work.

Justine Markovitz (00:41): To me it means being enthusiastically inclusive and affirming our differences.

Paul Askew (00:47): Work can be challenging enough without having to hide your identity. It's important I can just be me.

Graham Webster (00:56): The second aspect is that where you have that kind of enviornment, where you have that atmosphere, you create conditions for people to be natural role models, and that's incredibly important and it's incredibly powerful in helping to show people that there's nothing to be scared about and that you, as an employer, are providing an environment where people can thrive based on merit.

James Copson (01:20): Pride is about generosity of spirit towards other people, no matter who they are or where they come from.

Simone Gavioli (01:29): LGBTQ+ Pride at work means freedom to me because I feel seen and accepted for the person I really am.

LGBTQ+ Pride month reminds us that we are still living in an era where some people feel that they cannot be their true selves at work, either because of their workplace environment and culture, or fear of discrimination and its impact on career prospects. Here at Withers we pride ourselves on creating an inclusive and open culture for all, so that we can all bring our true selves (and therefore our best selves) to work.

As we mark and celebrate Pride month internationally, we are thrilled to share with you a video featuring some of our LGBTQ+ colleagues around the firm who talk about the importance of Pride in the workplace and what it means to them.

Stay tuned for our LGBTQ+ allies video coming soon.

Note: We have provided a transcript of the video if you are unable to listen to the audio. This transcript is generated using a combination of speech recognition software and human transcribers and may contain errors.

Graham Webster (00:07): I think for me there are really two aspects here; the first is a very basic one and it's about feeling comfortable with who you are and about being confident that you will be treated equally both to your peers and also to the other people who work within an organisation.

Federica Spagnoletti (00:21): Pride is existing without the fear, the shame, the embarrassment of who you are and being the best person you can be.

Chad Lavallee (00:32): It means I can be me, and who doesn't want to be accepted for who they are!

Jamie Brown (00:36): For me, Pride means being the best version of myself at work.

Justine Markovitz (00:41): To me it means being enthusiastically inclusive and affirming our differences.

Paul Askew (00:47): Work can be challenging enough without having to hide your identity. It's important I can just be me.

Graham Webster (00:56): The second aspect is that where you have that kind of enviornment, where you have that atmosphere, you create conditions for people to be natural role models, and that's incredibly important and it's incredibly powerful in helping to show people that there's nothing to be scared about and that you, as an employer, are providing an environment where people can thrive based on merit.

James Copson (01:20): Pride is about generosity of spirit towards other people, no matter who they are or where they come from.

Simone Gavioli (01:29): LGBTQ+ Pride at work means freedom to me because I feel seen and accepted for the person I really am.

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