Being who you are and loving who you love is what Pride Month is all about for the LGBTQ community. While the June celebration commemorates the 1969 Stonewall uprising in New York City (which helped mobilize the LGBTQ rights movement), Pride Month also serves as a very important reminder that the struggle for complete acceptance and inclusion is far from over.
Back in June 2020, the U.S. Supreme Court made discrimination against workers based on their gender identity or sexual orientation illegal. Prior to this ruling, there was no state-level protection for sexual orientation or gender identity in 28 of the 50 U.S. states. And while this ruling definitely signaled progress, many LGBTQ individuals still fear that revealing their sexuality at work will lead to negative consequences.
In fact, a Human Rights Campaign study found that 46 percent of LGBTQ workers are closeted at work, 31 percent have felt unhappy or depressed at work, and many LGBTQ workers don’t report negative comments to a supervisor or human resources because they don’t think anything will be done about it and they don’t want to hurt their relationships with coworkers.
Statistics such as these highlights the importance of fostering a culture of inclusion and belonging for every employee. And while Pride Month is an appropriate time to celebrate diversity and inclusion, it’s also a good time to consider the best ways to support the LGBTQ community throughout the year.
OneLogin’s Diversity and Inclusion Efforts
Here at OneLogin, we foster an inclusive culture that opposes discrimination toward anyone. We firmly stand by the notion that promoting self-affirmation, dignity, equality, and increased visibility of all minority groups, including LGBTQ individuals, is simply the right thing to do.
We have made it a priority to open career opportunities to more diverse candidates, develop training programs in underserved areas, and offer internal Diversity and Inclusion training to our entire staff. We strive to educate ourselves on the needs and challenges of underserved communities and those who have been excluded from opportunities in this country.
In an effort to focus on workplace diversity, improve our workplace for every employee, and educate staff on inclusion and diversity, we developed an internal “Unconference Series” with well-known speakers and topics ranging from black history and resilience, to diversity and inclusion in the workplace.
These speaker series are just one example of how we at OneLogin strive to keep inclusion across all groups at the forefront of our corporate ethics, in addition to helping create safe spaces for all staff and continuing to educate ourselves on the issues facing today’s minority groups.
So, cheers to Pride Month, and be sure to let your Pride flag fly.