People around the world face violence and inequality because of who they love, how they look or who they are. Sexual orientation and gender identity are integral aspects of our selves and should never lead to discrimination or abuse. PRIDE is an acronym for Personal Rights in Defense and Education. LGBTQIA+ Pride Month occurs in the United States to commemorate the Stonewall riots, which occurred at the end of June 1969 and many pride events are held during this month to recognize the impact LGBTQIA+ people have had in the world. The events are meant to raise awareness and combat prejudice against LGBTQIA+ people and history. LGBTQIA+ stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, asexual, agender, and other identities around sexuality and gender.
What actions are you taking to support the LGBTQIA+ community and value these voices within ASQ?
ASQ Diversity & Inclusion Taskforce
Linda Andrade Gonzalez
In a nutshell... quality initiatives are more than just certifications, tools, and processes. At the heart of any system are the people that make everything work. Humans, being the complex creatures that we are, cannot perform at the level that we are truly capable of when feeling like we are being thought of as "not normal" or "less than" for any reason at all. The initiative to create a more inclusive workplace and professional community is to help break down stigmas that keep people from doing their best work, which in turn, puts the focus on the success of the team versus the differences of the individuals.
Sorry to see you exhibit your prejudices.
As noted by others, it is people who make quality programs and initiatives work. It is vital that all quality practitioners understand this and work to create an inclusive, accepting and diverse workspace. If you must
leave the platform, you will be eliminating your opportunity to be a part of an improving society. Im hoping you can close your eyes and open your mind. But if not, it is still your choice to do so.
Just a quick note to you Andre. The first time I see the word ‘politics’ in this string is when you mention it. It appears that you believe that this discussion is politics while the rest of us believe it is setting a standard for properly treating all members of our quality community. You are right that we must treat all ASQ members equally. I believe we all agree on that. However, facts tell us that businesses are not achieving their goals because not all members of their communities are treated with the same levels of respect and inclusion. We must all open our eyes to all discrimination.