The Society was once again well-represented this June at the Toronto Pride Parade and at parades across the province.
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 members of the community. 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.
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].