Pride Month is recognized every June as a time to celebrate the diversity of LGBTQ2+ communities, which includes individuals who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and two-spirit, in addition to other gender identities and sexual orientations.
Triggered by the Stonewall Riots in Manhattan and Canada’s decriminalization of homosexuality in June 1969, activists organized the first Pride march in June 1970 as a way to celebrate gay culture and demonstrate for equal rights.
Ever since, Pride Month has been annually commemorated around the world – and while some substantial strides have been made for LGBTQ2+ communities throughout the years, there are still many hurdles to overcome.
- According to the Trans PULSE survey conducted by Toronto’s Sherbourne Health Centre, about half of transgender people are living on less than $15,000 a year, even though about 71% of them have some level of post-secondary education.
- 30% of LGBTQ employees in Canada reported feeling discrimination in the workplace compared to 3% of non-LGBTQ employees, according to the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion.
- Research by Statistics Canada shows that transgender Canadians were more likely to report their mental health as poor compared to their cisgender counterparts.
For the HRPA the focus is on empowering HR leaders to create safer and more inclusive workplaces that support everyone regardless of gender expression, gender identity and/or sexual orientation.
Through extensive research we know that diversity breeds success. The most successful employers allow their people to show up as their most authentic selves.
The HRPA is committed to helping HR leaders celebrate LGBTQ2+ employees. We will continue to address the struggles being faced by LGBTQ2+ Canadians on the job and provide the resources for HR professionals to ensure all employees and job seekers are given equitable treatment and unbiased access to grow and thrive in the workplace.
HRPA Related Events:
- 2021 HRPA Summer Conference
- Grand Valley: Don’t Be a Jerk at Work: Communication Strategies to Create and Maintain Respectful Workplace
- Ottawa: Diversity and Inclusion
- Peterborough: How Stigma Can Ruin Your Company
- Quinte and District: Lessening the Impact of Collective Trauma; Historical and Practical Considerations
- Toronto: Disrupting Unconscious Bias| A Critical Step Towards Inclusive Workplaces
For more tools and resources, explore our e-Learning programs, on-demand webinars and knowledge bank here.
- CMHA: LGBTQ Mental Health
- CCDI: Diverging Perspectives on LGBT Inclusion in the Workplace
- City of Toronto: Pride Month
- LGBTQ2 Secretariat
- Pride at Work
- Pride at Work: LGBTQ2+ Workplace Inclusion
- Pride Toronto
- Statistics Canada: Experiences of violent victimization and unwanted sexual behaviours among gay, lesbian, bisexual and other sexual minority people, and the transgender population, in Canada, 2018
- Trans PULSE Project: We’ve got work to do: Workplace discrimination and employment challenges for Trans People in Ontario
- Queer Events