Here in the States, June is LGBTQ Pride Month. Particularly in light of the tragedy in Orlando, now it's more important than ever to learn about how to be a good ally - both in your personal and professional life.
This really excellent piece points out that inclusion is key to creating a safe LGBTQ workplace - because while diversity is beneficial in many ways for an organization, "there are costs to the individuals and to their ability to work effectively if they cannot bring their whole selves to work."
I will always remember the conversation I had with a dear friend who confessed how exhausting it was to "come out" whenever she met new people (especially in a professional environment). Of course! Questions even I (a heterosexual female) found annoying (e.g. do you have a boyfriend?) could feel not just annoying, but anxiety-provoking (or worse) for someone who identifies as LGBTQ.
Read the article, have a ponder, and consider how you can be an ally for your friends, family, and colleagues. And to those celebrating, happy Pride!