To be candid, when I came to know that Moulee belonged to the LGBTQ community, I was a little taken aback – mainly because I did not have acquaintances with people from that community before. But when I thought about it a little more, I knew that he was a good friend of mine, and there was no reason to spoil our friendship just because he is gay. Instead of abandoning the friendship, I realized that by supporting him through adversity, I could become an ally for him – and the LGBTQ community in general.
Collaborating for Diversity and Inclusion in Organizations
My friendship with Moulee led me to become a more active ally for the LGBTQ community. In Feb 2019, Symantec was one of the main sponsors of an Inclusion CoLab Event I attended that took place in Mumbai to celebrate diversity and inclusion. The Inclusion CoLab was a workshop aimed at building understanding and collaboration for organizations, activist groups, professionals, and advocates in the Mumbai metropolitan area.
The event was organized by Working with Pride, an organization that helps corporations in India to be LGBTQ and ally friendly, covering all dimensions of diversity. The event was only three hours long, but it was packed full of fun and frolic. Most importantly, though, the series of panel discussions I saw provided me with an illuminating experience about how to best support the LGBTQ community.
The Inclusion CoLab workshop provided me with massive insight on how many companies take initiatives to be LGBTQ-friendly. For example, there was a company that changed its HR policy to include all the same benefits for same-sex couples as they did for heterosexual couples. There were also many organizations that provided training for its employees on best practices to be welcoming to employees who belong to the LGBTQ community.