Happy pride month!
June is pride month, a time to recognize the progress made towards human rights for people who identify as two-spirit, lesbian, gay, bi, trans, queer, intersex, plus (2SLGBTQI+). Working people in unions have fought hard to make sure that employers cannot discriminate against us. This includes helping pass laws, writing inclusive contract language, and being allies in our own workplaces to protect 2SLGBTQI+ employees.
Supportive workplace climates are linked to less discrimination against 2SLGBTQI+ employees and more openness for employees about being 2SLGBTQI+. In turn, less discrimination and more openness are linked to greater job commitment, improved workplace relationships, increased job satisfaction, improved health outcomes, and increased productivity.
Allies work to support diverse groups in which they may not necessarily identify as members. An ally is someone whose personal commitment to fighting oppression and prejudice is reflected in their willingness to:
- Challenge their own discomfort and prejudices,
- Educate themselves about different identities and experiences, and
- Take action to create change.
The Society is exceedingly proud of the work our members do to improve their workplaces and communities, and to positively influence social policy. We have an active Pride & Solidarity Committee that meets regularly to discuss creating educational opportunities an awareness of 2SLGBTQI+ issues in workplaces and our union. If you identify as 2SLGBTQI+, or consider yourself an ally, and would like to join the committee email list to keep up to date on the committee’s work and events, please send an email to [email protected].
Don't forget to join us at pride parades across the province!