This Pride Month, Infor is celebrating some of the people who make us great. As a company, Pride is a chance to appreciate the perspectives of our people and support our own inclusive community.
Building a sense of community is one of Infor’s core values. Being an inclusive place to work is an integral part. For Software Engineer Lemuel Dominguiano, his team experience has contributed heavily to his pride in his work and in himself: “I am really grateful to Infor Manila, its local board, and the entire leadership team because they have cultivated equality, individuality, and diversity. It has been easy for me to voice my thoughts as I know that I will not be judged by my sexual orientation, but rather with my knowledge and skills. Infor has been a second home to me, where I feel safe.”
The sense of community surrounding Pride is also a fundamental part of its success, and Inforians are celebrating the month in a variety of ways. New York City is recognizing the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, and some of our colleagues are going out and celebrating, joining parades, and more.
Beyond celebrations, everyone is also looking for ways to continually increase and add awareness and empathy in this month and year-round.
While Infor strives to maintain an inclusive and supportive community, there are real challenges that some of our employees and their loved ones experience. Chris Villanueva in our NYC office grew up in a setting where the people around him weren't very understanding of him being gay. “That can force someone to feel like there's something wrong with them, or that they have to change who they are. So Pride for me is about self-acceptance. It's being myself.”
Peter Dedman, an editorial director for Marketing Creative based in Texas, had this to say about being the parent of a gender-fluid child: “Our experience has illuminated how respecting or not respecting someone's identity directly impacts the person's feeling of safety. And that feeling is so fundamental. How can you do anything else that you need to do in order be your best, or even just get by, when you don't feel safe?”
Inforians have some sound advice on how we can all support one another, and their hopes for the future:
“Learning about each other's struggles empathetically, considering words and their implications carefully, and taking the time to offer support, whether it's through one-on-one words of encouragement or speaking up when exclusive messages or initiatives are proposed. Most importantly, perhaps, respecting each person for their own contributions and character, and recognizing that these qualities are distinct from gender, sexual preference, or outward appearance.” Peter Dedman
“It's my hope that we can do more not just in our Infor offices, but within the industry as a whole. Everyone deserves to have the chance to thrive both personally and professionally.” Chris Villanueva
Having people like these in our Infor community helps make our company great — they are why we are proud to support the LGBTQ community and their allies. They are an important part of who we are. And they provide a compelling reminder that we can always treat each other with the respect we deserve.
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