As we find ourselves immersed in the spirit of Pride Month, we proudly join hands with the 2SLGBTQIA+ community to celebrate diversity, resilience, and unwavering spirit. At Avenue Living Communities, we firmly believe that inclusivity is not just a concept to be acknowledged but a commitment to be lived every day. It is with immense joy and pride that we stand beside our 2SLGBTQIA+ residents and team members, supporting, encouraging and inspiring them as we march forward together on the path of equality.
Support and Encouragement:
We strive to foster an environment where everyone feels seen, heard and celebrated for who they are. This Pride Month, we are taking intentional steps to support and encourage the 2SLGBTQIA+ community. Not only have we adorned our offices with vibrant rainbow flags, symbols of unity and acceptance, but we are also supporting Rainbow Railroad. An incredible organization that tirelessly helps 2SLGBTQIA+ individuals facing persecution find safety and freedom. Through emergency assistance, support, and resources, the Rainbow Railroad transforms lives, empowering individuals to live authentically and fearlessly. We honour their mission with a generous donation and encourage you to support them too! Learn more about the Rainbow Railroad HERE.
In It Together:
However, celebrating Pride Month goes beyond just raising flags and hanging banners; it's about creating a sense of belonging for each individual. We believe that the true strength of our organization lies in the diversity of our team. By fostering an inclusive workplace culture, we tap into a wellspring of creativity, innovation, and collaboration. We embrace our 2SLGBTQIA+ team members not only because it's the right thing to do but because their unique perspectives and experiences enrich us all. Inclusivity is not an option but a necessity for a brighter and more inclusive future.
One of our remarkable team members, Bee, has graciously shared his story of self-discovery and the impact an inclusive organization has had on his life. Read in full HERE.
"Coming into Avenue Living Communities, it was definitely scary for me. But everyone has been really nice, accepting, and just really great! And honestly, I love it here. I'm very happy," he said.
From promptly updating official records with his preferred name to colleagues demonstrating respect for Bee's gender identity by seeking clarification on pronouns and fostering an atmosphere of acceptance, Bee felt embraced and found a place he could truly call home.
"At Avenue Living Communities, we believe that everyone deserves a safe and welcoming place to call home. Being an inclusive rental company isn't just the right thing to do – it's essential for creating a sense of belonging and community for all our residents and team members, regardless of their gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religion, or ability. We are proud to celebrate Pride and to work towards a future where everyone can feel accepted and supported in their homes and in their communities.” Says Louise E., the Chief Operating Officer for Avenue Living Communities
So, as we commemorate Pride Month, let Bee's story serve as a testament to the positive impact an inclusive organization can have on the lives of its team members. Let’s continue to reflect on the progress we have made while acknowledging the journey ahead. At Avenue Living Communities, we firmly believe that a truly inclusive community fosters a sense of belonging, amplifies diverse voices, and nurtures a spirit of acceptance and support. Our commitment to inclusivity extends far beyond a single month—it is a lifelong journey that we embark on together. Let us continue to champion equality, diversity, and inclusion in every aspect of our lives and communities.