In February, LGBTQ+ History Month is celebrated in the UK. For me, this is a time for LGBTQ+ people to take a look back in history and see how far the community has come and recognize those who paved the way for us to have the rights that we have today. This month is not only important for our community but also for those who are not, it is a time to learn, a time to listen, and a time to embrace those who may be different from you.
The most important time in LGBTQ+ history for me is every time a country decriminalizes homosexuality or legalizes same-sex marriage. It is still illegal to be LGBTQ+ in 70+ countries and this makes it even more important that throughout February we not only look back, but we look forward to all the work that still needs to be done. We need our allies to support us and advocate for us so that we can create change and live our lives as free and as equally as possible.
I have been so fortunate to lead Égalité (Publicis Groupe’s BRG for the LGBTQ+ community and their allies) for the UK for 2 years now. The people I have met, the events we have put on, and the opportunities that have come my way have made my time working with the BRG so rewarding. Last year I was shortlisted in the Top 10 Future Leaders category at The British LGBT Awards 2020 which was a very surreal but proud moment for me. Inclusion and Diversity is such a passion of mine and with the help of our amazing Égalité board members, we hope to continue to create an impact through education, community outreach, advocacy, and business development. We want all employees to feel like they can truly be their authentic selves within the workplace and embrace who they are.