May 17th is a very important day for diversity and inclusion. It marks the date when the World Health Organization (WHO) eliminated homosexuality from the list of mental disorders and officially accepted it as part of human sexual diversity.
Since June 2018 – not so long ago – transsexuality is no longer classified on the same list as a psychological disorder and is limited to a condition related to sexual health.
These are significant advances for the depathologization of LGBTIQ + people and the consideration of the free expression of sexual orientation and gender identity as a fundamental human right. However, in countries with cutting-edge laws, LGBTIQ + people continue to face restrictions on equal access to justice, health, education, among others.
How does discrimination manifest itself?
In the workplace, it can manifest itself in:
- Obstructed access to employment.
- Unequal benefits, benefits or licenses.
- Training opportunities and access to decision-making positions.
- Isolation or different treatment in work teams.
- Outing: disclosing another person’s sexual identity without their consent.
- Harassment, abuse and violence in the workplace.
For these reasons, many LGBTIQ + people have difficulty expressing their sexual orientation or gender identity openly.
At Arcos Dorados, we reject all forms of discrimination on grounds of age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, ethnicity, color, socioeconomic status or any other reason.
Let’s continue celebrating diversity!