Work spaces hostile to LGBTQ+ community and disabled people

The difficulties encountered by disabled persons and LGBTQ+ persons encompass prejudice, limited availability of resources and prospects, social disapproval, and obstacles to integration in several spheres of existence, such as learning, work, and medical treatment.

This is according to the Modern Community Foundation, which made the claim on Thursday.

Revel Harris, the co-founder and managing director of Modern Community Foundation, stated in an interview with Sunday World that misconceptions about gender and sexual orientation, as well as societal expectations, are the causes of problems around sexuality.

“Discrimination and lack of acceptance contribute to the challenges faced by LGBTQ+ individuals,” said Harris.

“Statistics from the corporate space regarding disabled individuals and LGBTQ+ individuals include data on unemployment rates, workplace discrimination, accessibility accommodations, and diversity initiatives.”

I AM Me conference

In order to address inequalities and the need for knowledge, advocacy, and support for marginalised communities, including the LGBTQ+ community and disabled people, he said the foundation decided to take a stand on the issue with the I AM ME conference.

The conference, explained Harris, aims to establish a forum for discussion, comprehension, and advancement.

“It could be a platform to discuss their rights and experiences and promote inclusivity by shining a spotlight on the LGBTQIA+ community and people with disabilities.

“It aims to address the unique challenges faced by these groups and explore ways to foster a more inclusive and supportive environment.

”To delve into crucial topics such as diversity, inclusivity, transformation, and empowerment within the workplace.”

Fostering a culture of empowerment

With “transformation in the workplace” as one of the conference’s main themes, Harris said that attendees will have an opportunity to learn about how organisations can become more hospitable and supportive of marginalised groups through interactive workshops, panel discussions, and networking opportunities.

The conference will get under way at Melrose Arch, Johannesburg, next week.

“By fostering a culture of empowerment and respect, businesses can harness the full potential of their diverse workforce and drive innovation and success.”

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