First of all, a big congrats to Brazil for achieving marriage equality this week!
I’m pointing that out because I’m Brazilian and I’m very happy to know that I now have the same rights as a straight person when it comes to marriage.
Talking about Brazil, it gets my attention when people say that this is a very open minded country, because we’re so festive, receptive and etc. That much is true but not exactly when talking about LGBTQ. Nowadays the prejudice is still there and it’s visible in different areas of society, more recently it’s coming from some religious groups. For example, I don’t feel comfortable walking around holding hands with a boyfriend because I’m scared of people beating me and that’s a very unfair feeling because here it’s perfectly acceptable to demonstrate public affection (with friends, best halves, etc.).
A few days ago Rob posted about religion and how some people use theirs to justify their anti-LGBTQ acts and speeches. That post made think: “Is society really ready to fully understand what being LGBTQ means and respect it?” I can’t tell, because I think it isn’t, but I can assure that evolutions are being made in this last 2 years and great things have been happening.
Society and its peculiarities have a direct effect on companies’ cultures which makes me think of how they are dealing with those changes and, more specifically, how they are doing their share for LGBT equality. This is because having a work environment where you feel comfortable for being who you are is fundamental for any professional’s development and good performance. Mostly because people who work at companies generally spend more time at work than at their houses with their families.
This is a subject that should be pointed out and always worked on because people are different and diverse and that’s what companies are hiring – diversity. So, diversity management is fundamental, knowing how to deal with and accept different kinds of professionals is fundamental and the companies that are doing their part, as far as I know, are being more benefited than having issues or even problems.
Of course, each company should respect its country’s/state’s peculiarities and its mission, values and vision.
And how about you? How do you feel about your work environment in relation to your sexuality? Do you feel that it is a problem or not?
I’d like very much to know that, because there are lots of different societies out there and I believe this is good space for sharing your experiences.