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We will stand up against homophobia. Always.

Telstra News

Posted on May 17, 2013

3 min read

Today we are proud to be recognising the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia.

This day raises awareness of unacceptable behaviour against the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex (GLBTI) community, and celebrates the diversity of sexual and gender identities.

It also commemorates the day the World Health Organisation stopped referring to homosexuality as a mental disorder – on 17 May 1990.

As a supporter of the ‘No to Homophobia’ campaign, I know homophobia isn’t just an issue for the GLBTI community – it’s an issue we all need to take a stand against.

It’s not okay to feel like you have to hide who you really are for fear of being judged, harassed or excluded. And more importantly, homophobic or similar behaviours that result in exclusion, or feelings of exclusion, need to be called out and stopped.

These actions need not be explicit to be hurtful. We also need to be mindful of unconsciously excluding people, for example, by making what might seem like ‘light hearted’ comments.

As a straight ally, I am proud to help spread this message.

I know firsthand that championing an inclusive workplace is important – so that our people can contribute to a company that really is a great place to work.

Being inclusive, by treating people with respect and dignity, regardless of their background and experiences, is a part of who we are at Telstra.

It enables people to bring their whole selves to work and contribute fully to delivering for our customers and each other.

Embracing diversity and ensuring an open and inclusive work place is a great enabler to collaboration which is critical for innovation and improved business performance.

One way our GLBTI community and its allies connect is through our internal affinity network – Spectrum. The network continues to grow and provides a space for people to connect, both inside and outside of Telstra.

For us, we’re committed to raising awareness in our communities too. I was proud to be part of the Midsumma festival earlier this year.

We actively supported the event and some our people also attended as citizen reporters – connecting our customers and people with the things we are passionate about.

How can you contribute?

Today, I ask you to reflect on what you are doing to be more inclusive.

Have you witnessed homophobic behaviour in person or online?

Will you stand up against homophobia – always?

You can take the ‘No to Homophobia’ promise and get involved in local community events.

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