Featured Spotlight on our Inspirational LGBTQIA+ leaders – Ang B

Spotlight on our Inspirational LGBTQIA+ leaders – Ang B

At Broadgate, part of Trinnovo Group, we have been shining a spotlight on the inspirational LGBTQIA+ leaders in our community, highlighting their thoughts on the importance of Pride, what it means to them and how we can do more to empower this community in the workplace.

We have been sharing some of their impactful answers on our social channels throughout June, but want to take the message beyond simply highlighting the importance of Pride, but also share the stories and sharing the insights of our network of inspirational leaders, enabling our community to learn how we can do more to act as allies and advocates for our LGBTQIA+ community.

Ang is a Security Lead at Riverfront Technologies and Secretary on WiCyS Neurodiversity Affiliate board. She started her career in cyber security within incident response and cloud forensics. After several years, Ang began to feel the pull towards proactive security to try to help businesses before they had some type of cyber incident. Ang also identifies as queer, and first came out at age eleven when she finally learned the word.

What does Pride mean to you?

For me, Pride is an opportunity to be organized in our presence and to work towards further equal rights and legitimacy as a community. For some years after we received marriage rights in the US, I didn’t participate in Pride with the same intensity and I feel I’ve learned a significant lesson to stay consistent, especially noting that there is a renewed push to roll back rights and discourage our community to come together.

How can businesses empower the LGBTQIA+ community in the workplace?

I’ve worked full-time since I was fifteen and so I’ve always been obviously queer in the workplace. I’ve felt most empowered by most of my employers. At each of these places, diversity was woven into the fabric of the culture. From hiring to DEI groups, to sponsored Pride events and even involvement politically companies have many options on how they can empower their employees and the community at large.

Changing logos to rainbow, even, shows that a company is supportive of the intent of the month. I would encourage continued partnership with the community throughout the year to ensure that companies are hiring LGBTQIA+ individuals, that they are providing critical benefits, and that they are going to bat for their employees, politically. Companies can make the choice to fight “Don’t say gay” laws and push back against anti-trans legislation, they could use their voice to make a statement for their LGBTQIA+ employees.
 

At Trinnovo Group as part of our Pride campaign, we are raising money for Transgender Equality Network Ireland (TENI), a non-profit member-driven organisation that was founded in 2006. TENI has a vision for a world where all people, regardless of gender identity or expression, enjoy full acceptance, equality, and human rights.

Please feel free to donate to the cause here.

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