We All Require Safety, Acceptance. But We're Not There Yet.

June 19, 2024 | Diversity & Inclusion | 3 min read

When my trans son came out to me four years ago, it was a surprise and it was not easy. But it gave me a newfound appreciation for the courage and resilience required to live authentically.

Watching my son navigate this world can be gut-wrenching at times, but it can also be enlightening and inspiring.

Today, in the U.S. and worldwide, people like my son encounter a range of messages. Some are supportive and empowering.

Many are not.

Knowing this and seeing my son stand firm has deepened my commitment to creating safe spaces for all. Personally and professionally, I want my children, colleagues, and community to walk into any room knowing they are accepted for who they are.

I want this acceptance for them — and for everyone — because it's a necessity we can't live without.

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As People, We Don't Crave Acceptance. We Need It.

Acceptance and inclusion are crucial at home, work, school, and in the world because people thrive when supported in this way. They become their best selves and contribute more meaningfully to their own well-being and that of those around them.

Part of creating inclusive places is seeing one's reflection in their environment. We need to see ourselves reflected and feel connected, seen, and valued. This is especially important for those individuals who face mixed messages from our society and often experience discrimination or exclusion because of who they are — whether that's based on their gender, sexuality, race or another part of their identity.

Fostering safe, inclusive environments requires a commitment to the work. It's not without its hurdles, but succeeding results in immeasurable pride and growth. Everyone must do their part, though.

We are all responsible for creating safe, inclusive places for our friends and family, community members, co-workers, and others. These are actions everyone can take in support of this goal:

  • Promote Inclusivity — Consciously create spaces where all individuals feel welcomed and valued for their unique perspectives.
  • Condemn Discrimination — It's vital to stand against prejudice and work toward a culture of respect and fairness.
  • Remain Open-minded — Part of the journey is learning about others, their experiences, new perspectives, and more.
  • Advocate for Change — Use your voice and privilege to speak up for those who may not have the same platform or opportunity. Advocate for policies and actions that promote inclusivity and equality.
  • Be a Supportive Ally — Show compassion, understanding, and support to individuals facing discrimination or exclusion.

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Help Me Create Safe Spaces for Our Community

In my professional role, I am incredibly proud of my colleagues, who stand loud and proud, working tirelessly to build visibility, representation, and acceptance for others at Skillsoft. Their courage and determination inspire me daily and reaffirm my dedication to fostering an inclusive environment at home and work.

Being an executive sponsor of our LGBTQIA+ employee resource group and a parent of queer children, Pride holds a special significance for me. While "Pride" is a deeply personal experience that is unique to each person, the experience also transcends the individual level. It profoundly impacts families, businesses, communities, and societies.

By championing inclusivity and celebrating diversity, we create a world where everyone feels seen, valued, and connected. This is a personal mission and a collective responsibility that benefits everyone.

Pride is about celebrating who we are and the ongoing effort to make the world a better, safer, and more inclusive place for everyone.

In honor of Pride Month in the U.S., please help me by making the spaces you occupy safe and inclusive.

Here are some resources to help: