“I feel proud that Nordea is taking the step to continue the partnership. For me, it’s essential that my workplace is active and engaged in diversity and inclusion. It means the world to me that I can be myself and openly tell my colleagues that I’m gay,” says Caelum Davies, who is leading the Finnish Employee Resource Group for LGBT+ and Allies.
Caelum Davies came out when he was 14 and was fairly lucky with his experience. His family and friends were supportive. The story of other people coming out is sadly often another case where many obstacles and resistance from both family and society can be the reality.
“So many are struggling with coming out or not having a supportive family or workplace. We now and then get hateful and hurtful comments, and violence is something that we can experience. I myself was threatened with a knife because I’m gay. Even though we have achieved a lot, there’s still some way to go. With Pride we can together put focus on an important agenda and hopefully break down the remaining discrimination,” says Caelum Davies.