Indian workplaces are rapidly changing, especially in terms of cultivating internal cultures of belonging for LGBTQI+ and other diverse segments. While the striking down of Section 377 of the Indian penal code finally decriminalized same-sex relations two years ago, the momentum for progress predates that milestone and is at its strongest now!
In its 3rd year as
Beginning with a dynamic executive panel of out and ally leaders, this year’s forum kicked off with a wide-ranging conversation on visibility, challenges to being an out leader, and necessary culture change. Additional cutting-edge workshop sessions focused on mental health, ERG succession planning, and everyday allyship. Hundreds of participants throughout the country and across all industries participated in this forum and will no doubt bring these back to their organizations.
For too long in India, we’ve waited for equality and mainstream recognition both as individuals and as a community. First there was the fear of Article 377, and now the Covid Pandemic. An event like this at a time like this, just goes to show we need wait no more. It’s time for inclusion, acceptance and embracing the LGBTQI community as a productive force in our workplaces and societies. – Amit Mahatney, TFE International Limited
Looking forward to 2021, Out & Equal will continue to work with our partners in India to develop resources, pursue thought leadership, and plan next year’s forum! We already can’t wait for next year’s 2021 LGBTQI+ India Forum!
Highlights from the day:
.@ErinUritus, Out & Equal CEO, kicks off the 3rd annual LGBTQI+ India Forum! 🇮🇳🌈— Out & Equal (@OutandEqual) December 11, 2020
Together, we are creating more inclusive workplaces for the future. #OEIndia #BusinessOfBelonging pic.twitter.com/dSKaye16Kt
Nirmala Menon is right: We cannot afford to miss out on diverse perspectives, contributions, and insights any longer. #OEIndia #BusinessOfBelonging pic.twitter.com/rNVVI72coL— Out & Equal (@OutandEqual) December 11, 2020
It’s time to join the journey of belonging. Thank you, Ramkrishna Sinha! #OEIndia #BusinessOfBelonging 💙🌈 pic.twitter.com/1eQlW7OYiJ— Out & Equal (@OutandEqual) December 11, 2020
CV Viverito on the progress Indian companies have made towards LGBTQI+ inclusion. Let’s continue to challenge ourselves in 2021. #OEIndia #BusinessOfBelonging 👏 pic.twitter.com/XXLh11WlDi— Out & Equal (@OutandEqual) December 11, 2020
.@deenafidas on the momentum for LGBTQI+ inclusion in India. Indian corporations are not hunkering down in the face of change; they are evolving together.— Out & Equal (@OutandEqual) December 11, 2020
Thank you to everyone who attended this year’s India Forum! #OEIndia #BusinessOfBelonging pic.twitter.com/AH3lR9bZni