By Gustavo Rivera Bazán
Around the world, many countries celebrate Pride month in June to commemorate years of struggle for civil rights and the ongoing pursuit of equal justice under the law for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer community, as well as the accomplishments of LGBTQ+ individuals.
The IDEA Network at Equifax Canada is an employee-led and corporately-sponsored initiative dedicated to Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access. The LGBTQ+ stream of the IDEA Network is a group of employees who represent and support the LGBTQ+ community at Equifax Canada. Our mission is to create awareness and promote continuous learning about diversity and inclusion in the workplace. We want employees to feel proud of their identity, valued, recognized and, most importantly, heard.
Organizations will be holding events during this month to raise awareness, celebrate diversity, and encourage people to be their authentic selves. This year in a joint effort with the Equifax Pride Network, we chose the theme: #YouAreIncluded #VousÊtesInclus, and are holding a series of activities for employees including an educational panel and Pride-themed stretch breaks to continue contributing to our journey towards diversity, equality, and a more inclusive workplace.
This is the first time that Equifax Canada has hosted Pride celebrations, and that’s an extremely important milestone. We can all be allies, celebrating people in the LGBTQ+ community and creating equality for everyone.