ELC Commits to Equality for LGBTQIA+ Community
While the company and wELCome are set to celebrate the beauty of the LGBTQIA+ community around the world this month, we must also acknowledge all that LGBTQIA+ people are fighting for and the challenges they still face on multiple fronts.
2021 has been a record-breaking year for anti-transgender legislation in the U.S. and anti-transgender violence globally. According to a report published by the Human Rights Campaign, one of the largest LGBTQIA+ advocacy groups in the U.S., more than 100 bills have been introduced across thirty-three U.S. states – bills that are proposing to restrict the rights of transgender individuals, particularly transgender children across the country.
wELCome and ELC continue to stand with their transgender and non-binary employees and their family members, consumers and partners, and denounce the rise in oppressive legislation, discrimination and violence against the LGBTQIA+ community globally. In the past year alone, local wELCome chapters have launched in the U.K., Brazil, and India, and will soon launch in Mexico, furthering the company’s support and celebrating the beauty of Pride around the world. wELCome and ELC remain committed to building a workplace that is welcoming and equitable to everyone, where people from all walks of life can bring their authentic selves to work and be treated with respect and dignity.
To further build upon ELC’s commitments, earlier this year wELCome developed the ELC Pride 365 Program, an internal initiative carefully designed to advocate for LBGTQIA+ equality all year beyond Pride month. As part of this program, wELCome presented a series of intersectional events to unpack firsthand accounts and reflections from LGBTQIA+ people about their lived experiences. Listening and learning from these voices proved to be a critical step to educate our employees, show support to the community and take action.