In their own words: the power of inclusion (and the pain of exclusion)
Posted on July 05, 2022 | Atlantic Business Magazine | 0 Comments
Before I came out and came to work as a transgender human, I never thought about bathrooms; I’d use them, but I never actually thought about them, other than to wonder where they were when I needed them. Before I came out, I’d never been verbally or physically assaulted walking into one either. Now, I think about bathrooms every day, deciding which ones are safest for me to use.
While I’ve found that places aren’t safe or inclusive, I’ve also found that people can be, and I want that thought to stick. I was lucky in my last job to find myself working with a team of individuals who collectively prioritized my safety and wellbeing over the status quo; colleagues who chose to see and share my struggles and actively worked to reduce them. That’s the source of inclusion: people in workplaces who invite people to be themselves rather than who they are told to be.
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