How has being LGBTQIA+ in the accounting industry changed over the course of your career?
The industry’s approach to LGBTQIA+ issues has completely changed. It used to be a taboo subject; and if it ever did get spoken about, then it was almost always in a negative way. That’s no longer the case, thankfully: we can celebrate our differences and be proud to be part of the LGBTQIA+ community.
Why is it important to have allies at PKF? And how can people be good allies?
I know from personal experience how daunting it can be to come out at work. That’s why it’s vital that we create an environment where everyone can be open and authentic; otherwise people end up wasting so much energy trying to hide who they really are. Allies can help by showing their support and getting involved in the various inclusion initiatives that the firm organises – it makes a big difference when people show a genuine interest.
What does Pride mean to you?
Pride, to me, is about being able to be yourself without fear. The goal is to give everyone the opportunity to be themselves, which surely has to be one of the most fundamental rights that we have as people.