by Elio Luongo
Originally published: December 8, 2017
The recent apology by the Prime Minister was a critical step in breaking down the barriers and discrimination that still face many in Canada's LGBTQ community. But it was just one step. Corporate Canada must also acknowledge and address the systemic and underlying discrimination built into its culture and practices that continues to affect the LGBTQ community today.
Discrimination takes many forms. I don't profess to know first-hand the challenges that are faced by those in our LGBTQ community, nor do I wish to belittle the amount of work that remains to make the needed changes. As a leader, I want to help break down barriers and open conversations. In my own way, I do know what it feels like to be considered different, and I suspect many of the country's business leaders do as well. As immigrants and children of blue-collar workers who didn't attend the right schools or right clubs, we were on the outside because we were different.