Fostering Inclusivity & Supporting 2SLGBTQI+ Employees: A Guide for Companies During Pride Month

In today’s world, companies play an essential role in creating inclusive work environments that support diverse workforces. As we celebrate Pride Month in 2023, it is crucial for organizations to demonstrate their commitment to equality, respect, and support for 2SLGBTQI+ employees. In this blog post, we will discuss how companies can actively support pride at work by promoting and supporting diversity among all team members. At Jarvis, we aim to foster inclusivity and provide all our team members with a safe and affirming space.

Click below to download a shareable guide to embracing diversity & inclusion this pride month!

History of Pride Month 

Pride events have a rich history that dates back to the first protests for 2SLGBTQI+ rights. In Canada, the initial demonstrations were held in Ottawa and Vancouver in 1971, and by 1973, several major cities were hosting Pride events. The first Pride parade was organized in 1981 by dedicated activists fighting for their right to love and be acknowledged, despite facing opposition from the government and police. Over time, Pride events have transformed into the vibrant and colourful celebrations we know today. Toronto’s Pride weekend in June is one of the largest Pride events in North America.

Canada is home to approximately 1 million people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or of another sexual orientation than heterosexual. This accounts for 4% of the total population aged 15 and older. In addition, according to data from the 2021 Census, Canada is home to about 100,000 people aged 15 and older living in private households who are transgender (59,460) or non-binary (41,355).

With a large proportion of the Canadian population identifying as 2SLGBTQI+, there’s no question of whether it’s important to support and embrace pride at work.

Understanding Terminology and Acronyms

The language and abbreviations used to describe the 2SLGBTQI+ community are constantly changing. In 2016, the Government of Canada began using the term ‘LGBTQ2.’ While ‘LGBTI’ is commonly used internationally. The acronym ‘2SLGBTQQIA+’ was developed by the 2SLGBTQQIA+ Committee, which played a role in creating 2021 Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, and the 2SLGBTQQIA+ People National Action Plan. Through community engagement, 2SLGBTQI+ groups in Canada expressed a desire for the government’s terminology to be updated. As a result, the Government of Canada will now adopt and promote the use of ‘2SLGBTQI+’ as a more inclusive term.


2S at the front, recognizes Two-Spirit people as the first 2SLGBTQI+ communities.

L – Lesbian

G – Gay

B – Bisexual

T – Transgender

Q – Queer

I – Intersex, considers sex characteristics beyond sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression.

+ is inclusive of people who identify as part of sexual and gender-diverse communities, and who use additional terminologies.

How To Celebrate Pride Month At Work

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are important beyond Pride Month. Everyone deserves empathy and respect. At Jarvis, empathy is one of our core values. We deeply believe in prioritizing human empathy, seeing the world from different perspectives, and expressing diversity among our team members. This is why, we’ve developed a culture that aims to embrace human differences 365 days of the year. 

Here is what you can do to celebrate Pride Month at work, and develop an inclusive work environment:

1. Embrace Diversity and Inclusion:

Diversity and inclusion should be embraced as core values and should be at the center of every company. This includes actively promoting an inclusive work environment where individuals feel valued and respected, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. By embracing diversity, companies can harness the unique perspectives and talents of 2SLGBTQI+ employees, leading to greater innovation and productivity.

2. Implement Non-Discrimination Policies:

Develop comprehensive non-discrimination policies that explicitly protect employees from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. These policies should be communicated clearly to all employees, demonstrating a commitment to fostering a safe and supportive workplace for LGBTQ+ individuals. If you need guidance on including 2SLGBTQI+ individuals in your non-discrimination policy, this comprehensive guide contains helpful best practices for you to refer to.

3. Provide Diversity and Sensitivity Training:

Offer diversity and sensitivity training to educate employees about 2SLGBTQI+ issues, such as terminology, challenges faced by the community, and ways to create an inclusive environment. This training helps foster empathy, understanding, and acceptance among team members.

4. Establish Employee Resource Groups (ERGs):

Create 2SLGBTQI+ Employee Resource Groups within the company to provide a platform for support, networking, and advocacy. ERGs can organize events, workshops, and mentoring programs, empowering employees to connect and share experiences.

5. Actively Celebrate Pride Month:

Organize company-wide events and initiatives to celebrate pride at work. This could include decorating the workspace with rainbow flags, hosting guest speakers, or participating in local Pride parades. By actively engaging in Pride Month celebrations, companies show solidarity and support for the 2LGBTQI+ community.

6. Support LGBTQ+ Community Organizations:

Partner with 2SLGBTQI+ community organizations, charities, or nonprofits and encourage employees to volunteer or participate in fundraising events. Supporting these organizations demonstrates corporate social responsibility and helps make a positive impact on the broader community.

7. Offer Inclusive Employee Benefits:

Ensure that employee benefit packages are inclusive and cover the unique needs of 2LGBTQI+ employees. This may include providing healthcare coverage that includes gender-affirming procedures or offering mental health support resources specific to 2SLGBTQI+ individuals.

As companies, it is our duty to promote diversity and inclusivity in the workplace. We aim to create an environment where all employees, including those who identify as 2LGBTQI+, feel appreciated and respected. By actively celebrating Pride Month and supporting our LGBTQ+ colleagues, we can foster a culture that encourages growth, innovation, and collaboration. At Jarvis, we are honoured to stand with the 2SLGBTQI+ community and are dedicated to building an inclusive future where everyone can succeed, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Let us work together to make a positive impact and create a culture that embraces human differences!


Haris Parabuća

Haris is a Marketing Specialist who thrives on building a brand and creating captivating marketing campaigns. He brings a unique mix of creativity and skill to every project, with a particular focus on social media, web management, and design, and is committed to delivering exceptional results.


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