Pride at ATCO: Michael
Here’s what Michael, Senior Process Specialist, Common Services, thinks about Pride, representation, and allies to the LGBTQ2+ community:
What does Pride mean to you?
Pride to me means knowing that you matter, and you are valued; You deserve respect, and you can be your authentic self. Pride is knowing that it is okay to be you even if it doesn’t always seem that way.
Why do you think representation matters?
Representation is important because it shows people that they are not alone in the community. Part of what made me feel okay with being myself at ATCO was meeting other LGBTQ2+ employees and knowing that I can be true to myself at work and be accepted for who I am.
What’s your advice for ATCO employees who want to be better allies to the LGBTQ2+ community?
Don’t be afraid to ask questions! I am always happy to discuss my personal experiences (within reason), to explain something, or to define a colloquialism if it helps someone better understand and embrace the community.
How would you define an ally to the LGBTQ2+ community?
An ally is someone who accepts members of the LGBTQ2+ community for who they are and treats them with the same respect and kindness they would show to others. An ally is also someone who encourages others to do the same and who seeks to better understand the community. An ally does not need to be a cheerleader or political activist – they just need to champion kindness and decency.