How do you #ShowYourPride at work year-round?
I wear my WestJet pride pin, proudly and feel it is my duty to use my privilege to empower those voices who aren’t heard. At work, I don’t keep my identity hidden, I am open about my life and speak about my girlfriend just as anyone would speak about their partner. As a Cabin Crew Member, I have the opportunity of working with new people every shift and I’ve been pleasantly surprised that in talking about my life and being open about my sexuality, I’ve had other fellow WestJetters open up to me about their identity and experiences as part of the LGBTQ2+ community. These experiences and conversations for me are the fruit of my labour.
Five years ago, I was so closed off and hid my identity as a means of self-preservation and protection. Today, because of my openness I’ve met more people, both in and outside of WestJet, who have similar experiences to my own and I’ve done my best to provide a safe space for them, to feel empowered to explore their identity freely.