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.
Emre Celik works as EMEA Employee Relations and Investigations Partner at Google. For Emre, Pride means Belonging. When we all come together and celebrate and value our differences and similarities as a group. When there is no you and me based on an individual of any identity. When we proudly recognize our full humanity.
What makes you feel empowered in the workplace?
When I can be my authentic self at work without the fear of discrimination.
How can colleagues be allies in the workplace?
I want people to think even beyond allyship (I am not affected; I stand up for others)
What can businesses do to empower the LGBTQIA+ community?:
Define a clear mission for supporting LGBTQIA+ in the workplace, take LGBTQIA+ discrimination at the workplace seriously. Give back and support the local LGBTQIA+ Communities.
Who is your role model, and why?
My Turkish mother. She is a real role model when it comes to relearning things. The social environment in which we grow up shapes and biases our perception of our own identity. Who am I, how am I. All these questions are hardly given any room for questioning if, like me, you grow up in a strongly heteronormative, almost patricharian structure. She asks the right questions in the process of my personality development, never cut off my wings and letting me fly. Without her, I wouldn't be where I am today.
Advice to your younger self:
Be your authentic self always and everywhere. Growing up in a low-income, migrant Muslim family and being queer, it takes a lot to understand that the reality created around you is not the one that reflects your identity. Relearn what you have learned about what is right and what is wrong. Connect this to your own needs and become your authentic self.
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.