June is Pride Month all around the world and an opportunity to think about the drawbacks that members of the LGBTQ+ community continue to face in their professional area.
The workplace has a direct impact on people’s well-being for several reasons. Among these reasons, we can mention the fact that it is a place where we spend most of our time and where issues, such as our financial stability, and the contribution we want to make to society, come into play. However, it is common for members of the LGBTQ+ community to suffer from discriminatory situations and be subject to different types of harassment in these environments.
A report issued by the International Labour Organization (ILO) highlights that the different forms of discrimination tend to start in education, which hinders employment opportunities. The underlying reason for these various forms of social exclusion is related to the prevalence of a heteronormative culture or the social belief that being heterosexual is “normal”.
The discrimination against this community is closely related to the pay and growth opportunities within a company. A study carried out in different countries showed that gay men earn an average of 11% less than their heterosexual counterparts, and that this salary gap affects bisexual and transgender people even more. LGBTQ+ women are not only underrepresented in each link of the management chain, but they are also the main victims of harassment and microaggressions in the office. Within the community, transgender people are more likely to see their gender or sexual orientation as a barrier to advancement in their workplace.
Promoting inclusivity in working environments is related to ensuring the fulfillment of people’s rights and well-being, as well as enriching companies and their workers from both a human and productive perspective. This is due to the fact that diversity within a work team fosters innovation and the adoption of new perspectives when it comes to finding solutions. In fact, a study points out that both homophobia and transphobia cost 1% of a country’s GDP.Within this context and in view of Pride Month, from Globant we want to learn about your story: What experiences did you undergo throughout your professional career as a member of the LGBYQ+ community? How did you prevail over or overcome inequity or discriminatory situations? Which are the actions you believe individuals or companies should take in order to promote further inclusion in the workplace? Based on these testimonies, we are going to create a special content for Month Pride.
Tell us your story here.