Xilium is home to a diverse group of VMAs who identify as LGBT. To clear out misconceptions and create safe spaces for this community, we invited Gabriel Umadhay, Iloilo City’s Department Head of the Office of LGBT Affairs. His lecture,Creating Safe Spaces for Persons of Diverse SOGIE (Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Expression), discussed what SOGIE means and the different LGBT identities for those who are not yet familiar with or are confused with the terminologies. SOGIE is a person’s capacity to love or who they love, how they identify themselves or their self-concept, and how they would present themselves to other people. Gab also tackled the challenges LGBT people face because of their orientation, from limited industries to perpetuating myths (i.e LGBT is a contagious disease, certain identities are sexual offenders, and inability to have lasting relationships) and how allies can help out.
Highlighting the week was BINGO night. Limited edition company goodies and prizes were up for grabs. Employees shared jokes throughout the game while waiting in anticipation for a number to be called out.
Genuine acceptance that goes beyond tolerance helps in the success and growth of any organization. We strive to be an inclusive, diverse, and dynamic company where anyone can feel welcome regardless of their gender, age, disability, etc.
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