The month of June marks the beginning of Pride Month.
Pride Month brings us all together to celebrate the history, courage and diversity of Ottawa's Two Spirit, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Intersex, Queer, Questioning, communities (2SLGBTQ+). The Royal is committed to addressing the unique challenges facing 2SLGBTQ+ communities to build a more inclusive and equitable workplace. You are all encouraged to reach out, connect to support each other and celebrate together.
According to Statistics Canada, one in 300 people ages 15 or older in Canada identify as transgender or gender non-binary.
Just over half of gender non-binary people resided in one of the six largest urban centres in Canada. They also reported high rates of living in urban centres. Just under half of transgender people said they lived in the six largest urban areas, proportionally similar to Canada’s overall average.
We ask that you consider what this means for us within mental health.
You will see the pride flag throughout the city and outside of our building. The flag is a symbol and a message to our community, and also to our staff, that you are encouraged and celebrated to bring your full self into the workplace.
The Royal will continue to strive to be a positive space for all. Please watch for opportunities to learn more what it means to be inclusive.
On the journey with you,
President & CEO