Swedish Ambassador to Italy and Deputy Chiefs of Mission from the US and Netherlands Talk LGBT Rights with Selisse Berry

May 21, 2012 – Douglas Hengel, United States Embassy to Rome Deputy Chief of Mission, Ruth Jacoby, Swedish Ambassador to Italy, and Desirée Kompels, Deputy Chief of Mission to Italy, Embassy of the Netherlands in Rome joined Out & Equal Workplace Advocates Founding Executive Director Selisse Berry to discuss next steps for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) equality at the GLBT People at Work Conference in Rome. Italy is currently the only Western European country which lacks anti-discrimination legislation for the LGBT community in the workplace. 

Conference organizer Parks -  Liberi e Uguali honored Ms. Berry with an award for her international contributions toward workplace equality for LGBT individuals.  “Ms. Berry’s work in creating Out & Equal Workplace Advocates inspired me to found Parks. Her achievements for workplace equality for LGBT employees are significant to us all,” said Ivan Scalfarotto, Founding Executive Director, Parks.

 “It is a true privilege to do this work, and I am honored that Out & Equal’s accomplishments have served as an inspiration,” said Ms. Berry, “There is still so much to do to ensure that everyone receives fair and equal treatment in the workplace. It is so wonderful to see the amazing work that Parks is doing in Italy.”  The Parks Award grants honorary membership to individuals who have taken extraordinary strides towards achieving equality for LGBT individuals. Ms. Berry is the first individual ever to receive this award and to be granted membership to the Parks organization. All other members are companies based in Italy or with branches in Italy.

Parks will also be presenting at the first-ever Global Out & Equal Workplace Summit in London July 5-6, 2012. Corporate executives, LGBT employees, allies, and human resources professionals will come together from around the world to