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Queer Inclusion in the Workplace

Last Updated on 15 February, 2024

Queer inclusion at work is the practice of creating a workplace environment that is welcoming, supportive, and respectful of LGBTQ+ employees. In this podcast, Delshad talks about the struggles and challenges these individuals face in society.

About the Speaker

Squadron Leader Delshad Master is an Indian Air Force veteran, having served as an officer for a decade, in forward fighter bases across India. Post her retirement, she has been pursuing her many passions, one of which is theatre and films.

In her second innings, she's found her calling in supporting the cause of the LGBTQIA+ community.

As a Queer Sensitisation Catalyst, she writes, speaks and trains on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, focusing specially on the Queer community. Towards this, she has earned multiple certifications from the Universities of Colorado, Minnesota, Pittsburgh and Stanford School of Medicine and has impacted hundreds of lives.

She's a trained and qualified Queer Affirmative Counsellor and is simultaneously penning two books; one for parents titled, ‘Help! My Kid's Queer' and a handbook for India Inc titled ‘Fostering LGBTQ+ Inclusion @TheWorkplace’.

Delshad is currently AVP D&I at Careernet Technologies.

Connect with her on Linkedin.

Show Notes

01:37 Tell us about your journey.

03:07 Can you share some insights into the specific challenges that LGBTQ+ individuals often encounter in the workplace?

06:16 How does workplace discrimination or harassment based on sexual orientation or gender identity affect the mental health of LGBTQ+ employees?

09:20 Can you elaborate on the concept of microaggressions and their impact on the well-being of LGBTQ+ individuals in professional settings?

15:14 In your experience, how do unequal treatment and limited advancement opportunities affect LGBTQ+ professionals' overall sense of belonging and career satisfaction?

18:36 How can organizations effectively address mental health stigma within the LGBTQ+ community and promote an open dialogue about well-being?

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