More than 250 job seekers participated in the LGBTQI+ job fair organized in Bangalore this weekend by Pride Circle. With about 250 jobs being up for the offer, future employees had the opportunity to be considered for companies such as JP Morgan, Goldman Sachs, Deutsche Bank, American Express, Accenture, Intel, and Uber.
Claimed to be the first LGBTQI+ job fair held in India, this particular event comes at the heels of a ruling wherein the Super Court overruled a law that banned homosexuality. Now, companies can hire members of the LGBTQI+ community who have been separated and discriminated against for ages, especially in the workplace.
Indians who identify themselves as lesbian, gay bisexual, transgender or intersex continue to face social stigma even in the workplace and violence outside of the workplace.
The ruling has paved the way for companies to actively become more inclusive not only in terms of their culture but also their hiring policies.
“In today’s work environment should focus on not only supporting but actively implementing policies that promote diversity,” said Vishpala Reddy, Regional HR Director, APAC, Uber.
In order to ensure that the workplace becomes more inclusive towards the LGBTQI+ community, diversity training that involves removing bias from the recruitment process are instrumental, Reddy added.
About 350 candidates had registered for the event, however, even today, because of fear of discrimination and the stigma that is prevalent in the society against lesbians, gays, and bisexuals ensured that the turnout was lower than expected.
Probably, this is just the start of a long journey towards building more inclusive workplaces in India. With such job fairs, there is bound to be more awareness among the job seekers of the LGBTQI+ community and the goal is to ensure that each person is able to exercise her or his human right to work.