Open and proud: Our diverse culture makes us stronger

Celebrating and supporting the LGBTQ+ community is paramount to our pursuit of an open and equal society. And the Roche LGBTQ+ community is an important and lasting legacy of our culture. They make up the vibrant tapestry of diverse voices that allow each of us to thrive at the workplace and pursue a purpose-driven life. Now more than ever, it is critical to listen to stories in order to support inclusion, embrace diversity and become better allies. In honour of Pride Month, employees around the world share their stories and hopes for the future.

A mother solidifies her allyship

Claire has always had strong views about the freedom to be who you are. She would get upset and angered if others made degrading comments or judged others by how they live their life. But things took a more personal turn when her own daughter opened up to her about her sexuality. Allyship took on a whole new meaning.

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Duality in a global workplace

B. is in a unique, but not altogether uncommon position. He is a LGBTQIA+ professional in a global workplace, which means he often must balance how he shares the two versions of himself. “I have truly experienced what it means to ‘be yourself’, without fear. But I also experience what it feels like to hide your true identity away.”

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From Syria to Belgium

We still live in a world where acceptance and understanding for the LGBTQIA+ community still varies greatly. Antoun has experienced first-hand the importance of creating safe spaces for individuals to express their true selves. His journey of coming out in Syria and joining Roche in Belgium taught him about the crucial role we all play in fostering safe and inclusive environments.

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Navigating the intricacies of identity and self-expression is a complex task for everyone. For members of the LGBTQIA+ community, it can be vastly more confounding.
a Roche employee who lives and works in a country where homosexuality is illegal, and wishes to remain anonymous
Two sides of the coin

Living in Cape Town, South Africa, William shares how his country has a splintered attitude towards the LGBTQ+ community. He observes the coexistence of progress and openness, while at the same time extreme inequality and bigoted views that dominate cultural attitudes.

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Removing preconceived notions

Padraic says we can all be an ally. It starts with removing any preconceived notions we may have and focusing on the individual person in front of us. “We can all be an ally. It starts with removing any preconceived notions we may have and focusing on the individual person in front of us.”

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More work to be done

“When I joined Roche about 14 years ago, I felt like a unicorn. Some colleagues even told me that I was ‘the only one’. But I didn’t face any issues being openly out at the workplace. I initiated OPEN over 10 years ago with some colleagues, as I noticed that not everybody had the same environment in the company nor in society.”

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