This is a timed post because I am in Toronto in the middle of my big, fat, gay World Pride weekend. Woo-hoo!
Today's Pride parade will be one of the biggest ever and I decided to participate as a spectator rather than than accept the invitation to walk with my professional organization.
Much criticism has been directed at corporations jumping on the LGBTQ bandwagon in the commercialization of Pride festivities.
But the reality is, corporations MUST become involved. It is the final step in the movement for LGBTQ folks to becone normalized in the ccorporate world, not just with social jjustice issues such as same sex marriage.
I really liked this week's comments of the CEO of one of Canada's leading banks: TD Bank's Diversity A Point Of Literal Pride For CEO
(Note: TD refers to "Toronto Dominion").
One executive told him the bank was losing customers to rivals because it was so openly supportive of gay issues. He said he told him to go work for a competitor if that's what he felt.
They saw me through the division of our assets, RRSPs and chequing accounts, selling and buying houses, arranging appraisals, lines of credit and provided me with strategies to counter the unreasonable demands of my ex.
They were (and continue to be) among my biggest and most important supporters on my gay journey. All were highly professional, compassionate and a pleasure to work with.