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As of 2017, people aged 18 to 34 are significantly more likely to openly identify as LGBTQS2+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and Two-Spirited) than previous generations. Workplaces need to seek new opportunities to create a more inclusive environment to attract late millennials (1981-1996) and Generation Z’s (1996-2015) entering the workforce.
Becoming inclusive of all genders doesn’t only create a positive and welcoming workplace environment but increases consumer loyalty. In the last few years there has been an upward trend of consumers supporting businesses that share similar strong ethical values. If your company promotes a welcoming environment for employees of all genders, you can attract top-notch employees. Your employees, customers, and community will have a more positive view of your company and want to support you.
People of all gender identities deserve to be respected in your workplace. In Winnipeg, there are no laws mandating non-gendered bathrooms/changerooms or uniforms. This white paper offers insight from local businesses who decided to create inclusive spaces for people of every gender identity. Their responses show by being inclusive Take Care and the Women’s Health Clinic have seen positive support from both their customers and employees.
Note from the Author:
Hi, I’m Eden and I use she/her pronouns. Since I’m not non-binary, the information within this paper has been provided by sources knowledgeable about the issues non-binary people face in today’s society. As you’ll come to see, writing this note was intentional to kick off the conversation of how important it is, as a society, to amplify non-binary voices.