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Posted June 16 2022
Written by Createch

Pride Month: Testimonials From our Employees

In June, all over the world, the LGBT+ community celebrates Pride Month. To celebrate Pride Month, Createch wants to do more than just put a rainbow banner on our site. We want to showcase our LGBT+ members.

Discover also the article of our President.

Christiane Laramée, Leader – Microsoft/Oracle 

When I was asked if I was ready to step up and be part of the Createch messages for Pride Month, I addressed it with my spouse of the past 25 years. We first considered that we had nothing to advocate for as we have been in a civil union for 20 years (the 84th in Quebec), that everything was going well for us, even if these rights had not been recognized during our stay in Ontario. Immediately after, the thought occurred to us that if we were able to unite officially, it was because there were others before us who had claimed this right.

Pride Month_Christiane

What I would like to stand up for now is to ensure that collectively, we NEVER move backwards. In this fragile and constantly changing society, let's keep an eye open for any shift that would go in this direction.

Annie Castonguay, Senior Consultant

I must admit that I don't celebrate Pride Month per se. However, I do not fail to underline the fact that the Stonewall riots took place more than 50 years ago, and despite everything, there is still a long way to go in terms of tolerance, justice and acceptance.

Pride Month_AnnieIgnorance is, in my opinion, the most critical source of problems, which is true for all spheres of differences: religion, culture, race, etc. Misunderstanding and lack of familiarity with a reality lead more easily to conflicts. People are sometimes afraid of what they don't know, so we have to keep discussing and explaining. I hope that one day it will no longer be necessary to commemorate Pride Month, in the sense that any difference will be part of normality and acceptance.

My expectations in terms of the integration of LGBTQ+ people in the workplace boil down to the acceptance of everyone. The more we talk about it, the less people will be surprised with words like I'm gay, trans or whatever. It will go into the normalization of things. Moreover, even if I don’t feel quite concerned by this point, I believe that we must think of our future colleagues and opt for non-gendered documents as some people are very affected by the question of gender identity.

Apart from a few dubious jokes from some colleagues at the very beginning, I didn't experience any problems at Projexia. I have always been clear and transparent about my orientation. Indeed, I believe that it helps with acceptance and understanding when there is no hiding place, but not everyone is ready to experience it that way. I know people who don't feel the need to be that open, and that's fine.

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