Posted on February 6, 2015
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This year, I was lucky enough to be a Telstra Citizen Reporter at Midsumma.
I, along with nine other Telstra staff, had the opportunity to attend and report on social media about the amazing events at Midsumma. Telstra volunteers were out in force at our stand during the opening carnival, handing out frisbees, hats, water bottles, lollypops and sunscreen to the 100,000-plus crowd.
At the top of my list though, was the Melbourne Pride March, which coincidentally was the 20th anniversary of the parade. This year we saw a fantastic show of support with more than 50,000 people in attendance. I marched with my LGBTI swim team, the Glamourhead Sharks.
Working for Telstra has given me a new meaning of what it’s like to work for a company that is diverse and inclusive. It’s given me a whole new level of appreciation for working for an organisation that wants me to bring my “whole self” to work. Our support for Midsumma is a great way to connect with our people, customers and community about LGBTI inclusion.
About the festival
Midsumma, Australia’s premiere Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) arts and culture festival, is coming to a close after another successful year. This year’s theme was about making connections, something we’re passionate about at Telstra. We’ve been a major sponsor of this Melbourne-based event for five years now and have taken on the role of Technology Partner for 2015-2017.