As Pride Month 2020 nears its end, our Chief People Officer Martin Rimmer shares his own thoughts and experiences. Read the personal insights of Amber Denman
, Chris Yates
and Eleanor Taig
which we also shared during June.
I am who I am
By Martin Rimmer
Chief People Officer, Cadent
It’s fantastic to see so much happening during Pride Month.
We live in a world that’s very different to the one I lived in 35 years ago, leaving school and looking for a career.
I made a decision to be ‘who I am’ and not be influenced by prejudice or opinions which may have tried to influence my life.
If a person decided not to speak to me, be friends with me or be tolerant of me, purely due to sexuality, it would be their loss, not mine.
It wasn’t always easy to stick to my principles, but I did and have, until this day.
I may have missed out on things, social events, inclusion, opportunities - but I believe it has been worth it.
Today I cannot pretend to have been a ‘campaigner’ for LGBT rights, but I can say, I have benefited from those who have.
We should all be grateful for the outcomes of those activities, that now result in a ‘freedom of expression’ which would certainly not be as prevalent if they had not pursued those beliefs.
At Cadent we are continuing to work on our Diversity and Inclusion goals.
We want everyone to be part of everything we do, feel safe, supported and be given the maximum opportunity to progress and flourish as individuals.
‘I am who I am’ and will continue to be that person. Enjoy Pride Month. Be yourself.