Unfortunately, this isn’t the case for many people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer. My colleague, Pam, experienced a very different professional life when she was living in her homeland of Italy. In fact, it’s only in the last year that Italy has passed same-sex civil unions after the European Court of Human Rights ruled that the country was in violation of Human Rights.
Pam moved to the UK in the hope that she could live and work in a country where she would be accepted for who she is. So, when she approached me about her plan to set up dotmailer’s first LGBT network, I jumped at the chance to be a part of it.
A culmination of events over the past year have taught me that many people do not get to enjoy the same sense of freedom and inclusivity as I do; just look at what’s going on in Chechnya and you realise that the world still has a long, long way to go. It makes events like LGBTQ Pride more important than ever in 2017.
Thanks to Pam’s dedication, we had the opportunity to take part in the Pride in London parade on the 8th July. And what an incredible day it was! 50 people from the dotfamily joined the 26,000-strong marchers through the centre of London, and the love and positivity from the crowd truly gave me hope for the future. Though after being close to the Disney float, we’re definitely upping our game for next year!
Here are some pics from the day…
If you’re interested in joining in all the fun, we’re recruiting for lots of roles right now!