Yukon Weekly

Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Okanagan people are being urged to support the LGBTQ2 community by the Kelowna Pride Society

Okanagan people are being urged to support the LGBTQ2 community by the Kelowna Pride Society.

Key Takeaways:

  • The 18th annual International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia – a worldwide celebration of sexual and gender diversity — was held on Tuesday.
  • More than half of LGBTQ2 employees feel obliged to hide their identity at work, according to Pride at Work Canada.
  • According to experts, there is a pay hierarchy in which members of the LGBTQ2 group endure salary discrimination.

The 18th annual International Day towards Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia — a global celebration of sexual and gender diversity — took place on Tuesday.

One of the critical objectives this year is to boost awareness and support for LGBTQ2 community members and create safer work environments.

According to Pride at Work Canada, more than half of LGBTQ2 employees feel compelled to conceal their identity at work.

“We may have arrived at a point in Canada where we have legal rights for sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression, which is extremely exciting,” said Jade Pichette, director of programming at Pride at Work Canada.

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“However, it’s also a period of the global backlash against the community.” Even though we have some of these legal rights in Canada, there is still a hierarchy.”

According to specialists, there is a hierarchy in which members in the LGBTQ2 community face discrimination in their salaries.

“The Social Research as well as Demonstration Corporation Canada (SRDC) research, which recently highlighted the hierarchy in Canada, provides some proof for that,” Pichette added.

“According to the findings, straight males earn more than homosexual men, lesbians earn more than straight women, and bisexual men earn more than bisexual women, who earn more than transgendered people.”

Okanagan people are being urged to support the LGBTQ2 community by the Kelowna Pride Society.
Okanagan people are being urged to support the LGBTQ2 community by the Kelowna Pride Society. Image from CBC News

Pantene, who has prepared a video emphasizing personal experiences regarding LGBTQ2 community members in their jobs, has partnered with the awareness day.

According to the Kelowna Pride Society, this is a significant day for everyone in the community, and professional discussions regarding loved ones or personal life should not be contentious.

“We don’t think twice when a straight person says my wife’ or my husband,’ but when a gay person says it, it becomes a contentious subject, like ‘Does this need to be shared?'” said Fahmy Baharuddin, president of the Kelowna Pride Society.

“I believe we need to put the normality of those conversations in context.”

The Kelowna Pride Society invites all local citizens to use social media to show their support for LGBTQ2 community members to make support more visible for those who may need it.

Source: Global News

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