One of the most important and fundamental rights we have is the freedom of self-expression – to choose who we are, where we live, how we identify ourselves to the world. It goes to things as basic as what clothes we wear, through to of course, who we love.
Sadly, this right hasn't always been applied to all of us equally. Throughout Pride month we have recognised and celebrated our LGBT+ community, supporting them to achieve the full range of expression the rest of us enjoy.
Over the last couple of decades, great progress has been made. LGBT+ people in increasingly more countries now also have the same rights to love and live as heterosexual people; to enjoy all the normal things in life like getting married, buying a house together, raising their own families, and an equal age of consent.
Changing this culture has been - and continues to be - a difficult journey. From hostility, to marginalisation, to tolerance, and now to acceptance, brave LGBT+ communities and their allies have faced physical brutality, death, marched in the streets, and confronted their employers in the name of equality.
Institutions across society have had to change – and are still changing – to become more accepting of difference. This progress has required more than simply passing new laws or creating new workplace policies. It has required business leaders, professions, employees and employers alike to be part of creating new cultures that are inclusive every day and recognise the value of what difference brings to the workplace.