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PRIDE & The Importance of Inclusivity in the Workplace…

It’s officially PRIDE month, and while the pandemic will certainly make the celebrations look a little different, its impact on the wellbeing of LGBTQIA+ individuals means it is still now more important than ever to show your support, get involved with the discussion and most importantly, listen to the experiences of others! As we discuss further in this post, inclusivity and a sense of belonging has a clear impact on wellbeing, mental health and social identity so by celebrating PRIDE, not just this month but year-round, we can all make a difference…

We, too, care massively about community, belonging and inclusion and that is why we would love for you to join in on our “Collaborative Collage Making” workshop on June 7th to connect with your inner creativity, your emotion and with our community of urban professionals. Click here to purchase your early bird tickets now…

 

Why it’s important to show your support…

Are you a member of the LGBTQIA+ community or identify yourself as an ally? Have you ever found yourself wondering if your involvement in PRIDE makes a difference? Then you should know that the answer is a big YES!

Each of us has a duty to society and future generations to look beyond the glitz and glamour… beyond the parades and festivals… to understand why celebrating PRIDE and showing our support is now more important than ever. Especially after the pandemic.

Showing your support and encouraging others to get involved too still makes a massive impact on the lives of many… and here’s why:

Firstly, we have celebrated PRIDE annually since 1970 to honour the Stonewall Riots that occurred in New York in 1969 as a result of a police raid at the Stonewall Inn. Unfortunately, this wasn’t the first time the LGBTQIA+ community was unjustly targeted by law enforcement… In fact, this was a regular occurrence that individuals within the community had to face.

As same-sex relations were still illegal in New York City at the time, New York authorities would directly target any establishments connected with the LGBTQIA+ community in an attempt to discourage the gathering of these individuals… individuals who flocked together to find a sense of belonging and inclusion after being wrongfully ostracized from society only to be faced with further alienation from their own communities by those in power. 

Sadly, this is a reality that many across the globe still face today…

We all deserve to feel safe and have a safe space to express ourselves. Even to this day, identifying as LGBTQIA+ is still viewed as a crime in some countries, meaning individuals are either forced to live a lie or be persecuted for living their lives as they please. Not only that, individuals across the globe still live in fear of being targeted with hate crimes, still feel misunderstood or alienated by their friends and family, and many even face health complications, particularly transgender individuals, as a result of avoiding medical care when it is needed due to feeling misunderstood even by healthcare professionals.

It is clear that this fight for freedom is still as prevalent as ever and we all must come together to make a positive change… but remember it’s also a fight for equal representation and inclusion. Keep reading to see how you can make a difference…

 

Key Dates for PRIDE 2021…

June may well be recognised as PRIDE month but each city holds their own event at a certain point over the summertime to honour the Stonewall Riots. After all, celebrating PRIDE should never be confined to just one month!

There is so much time to still get involved! Why not consider attending one of the following events to show your support this Summer?

5th June: Blackpool Pride
5th June: York Pride
11th – 13th June: LA Pride
11th June: Tel Aviv Pride
12th June: Brooklyn Pride
20th – 28th June: Lisbon Pride
26th June: Paris Pride
3rd July: Budapest Pride
3rd – 11th July: Munich Pride
9th July: Bournemouth Pride
10th July: Bristol Pride
17th July: Swansea Pride
17th July: Isle of Wight Pride
23rd July: Northern Pride
31st July: Liverpool Pride
1st August: Leeds Pride
2nd August: Prague Pride
6th August: Brighton Pride
6th – 8th August: Amsterdam Pride
9th – 15th August: Montreal Pride
12th – 22nd August: Copenhagen Pride
27th August: Manchester Pride
28th August: Southampton Pride
28th – 29th August: Silicon Valley Pride
4th September: London Trans Pride
11th September: London Pride
11th September: Milton Keynes Pride
25th September: Birmingham Pride
4th – 11th October: Las Vegas Pride

Inclusion and Wellbeing…

Have you ever considered the impact that inclusion, a sense of belonging and equal representation can have on your wellbeing?

It might sound slightly hard to comprehend but forces within our immediate external environment, including the people we are physically surrounded by and those we see displayed in the media, all have a substantial impact on the way we view ourselves and the world around us. 

Many psychological and sociological studies have been dedicated to understanding the way our views and behaviours develop from childhood and while it is an extremely complex area of study, many come to the conclusion that we rely on the influence of others to shape a healthy relationship with ourselves, including our self-esteem, self-regard and even the development of our identity.

So how does this relate to the topic of PRIDE, exactly?

Well, an article published in the Psychological Bulletin has highlighted that a lack of inclusion and representation in society and the media (otherwise known as anomie or normlessness) were leading contributors to the excess stress, depression and increased risk of suicide identified within LGBTQIA+ communities.

So, consider this: 

If psychology tells us that we learn about ourselves and the world around by looking to others for comparison, then how do we learn about ourselves if there is a lack of representation in our social environments and in the media?

Now consider this:

If psychology also tells us that others in our immediate external environment influence the way our social identity, self-esteem and self-regard is shaped, then how do we expect to overcome the immense mental health problem within LGBTQIA+ communities if these individuals are still faced with perpetuated alienation and a lack of understanding?

As you can imagine, this would all contribute to a lot of confusion, inner conflict and distaste for oneself and the world around and that is why it is our duty to strengthen communities, foster a sense of inclusion and fight for equal representation so that we can pave the way to better wellbeing for all…

So what can you do to help?

 

How can you promote inclusivity in your team?

If you want to drive positive change towards a more inclusive and diverse team culture, then it all starts with you. But the good thing is, no matter who you are you can make a difference, regardless of your position at your workplace… making this change would benefit you in a number of ways too! After all, diversity and inclusivity are said to foster creativity and innovation levels within your team, while also making individuals feel like they truly matter…

So if you want to start feeling the benefits of a more engaged, creative and loyal workforce, then here are a few things you can do:

1  Inform your team of your expectations and be aware of theirs too…

When it comes to team-building, establishing ground rules and expectations is essential within any area… especially when it comes to conduct and behaviour. By taking the time to discuss the importance of inclusivity and diversity, you will be able to voice and solidify your expectations of your team members which in turn will enable you to build a solid foundation of respect!

2  Organise networking opportunities for LGBTQIA+ individuals and allies…

While the goal is to bring the entire team together, it is also important to remember that some individuals within the LGBTQIA+ community will benefit from connecting with other like-minded individuals that they can relate to in their immediate working environment. By offering virtual or in-person networking opportunities that seek to foster a sense of belonging and inclusivity, these individuals will feel truly recognised by their leaders/team which is likely to contribute to a happier, healthier professional life!

3  Educate, educate, educate!

The beauty of diversity means that we’re all different…

And this also means that we can’t expect everyone to understand or empathise with things that they don’t know or haven’t experienced for themselves. That’s forgivable! And that is why it is important for us all to prioritize educational talks and workshops that can open your team’s minds to the experiences of others and to encourage open discussions on the topic of diversity and inclusion!

4  Check in with your team members

No matter your position, acting as a support for your team members by checking in regularly and asking what support is needed, can have a big impact on how they feel at work. It can be easy for us all to assume that others’ needs are the same as ours, however often they aren’t! Opening up that conversation will help them to feel understood, accepted and cared for, which is likely to result in a trusting and loyal working relationship.

Everything we do at Talent Courtyard revolves around opening minds, building connections and celebrating diversity and that is why we offer immersive, virtual workshops in “Kindness and Social Connections”, “Interactive and Collaborative Art” and “Building Confidence” to enhance the wellbeing and culture of your team, while stretching their creative and professional limits.

If you care about team-building, wellbeing and inclusion too then we would be a great match for you! You can find more information about our corporate wellbeing workshops here…

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