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Brussels Pride Fallout: Open@Work Pulls Plug Amid Pink Washing Debate!

Open@Work, the umbrella organization advocating for workplace inclusivity policies for the LGBTQIA+ community and its allies, regretfully announces its decision not to participate in this year’s Brussels Pride. This determination follows extensive discussions among network members and a thorough evaluation of available resources.

Prioritizing Genuine Partnerships

While acknowledging the importance of genuine commitment to LGBTQIA+ inclusion, Open@Work expresses reservations about the approach taken by Rainbow Corporate & Pride, the organizer of Brussels Pride. The network questions the unilateral decision-making power exercised by a single government-funded entity regarding what constitutes pinkwashing.

Open@Work firmly opposes the notion that merely displaying the logo by its members equates to pinkwashing. With a diverse membership including Brussels public services, federal state companies, non-profit organizations, and associations for LGBTQIA+ staff of EU institutions, the network emphasizes the need to reshape the narrative surrounding this issue.

Call for Inclusive Dialogue

Recognizing the complexity of the matter, Open@Work calls for a more inclusive and transparent analysis involving all stakeholders. The network eagerly awaits clear and detailed responses to submitted questions, both from Rainbow Corporate & Pride and government authorities.

Only through collaborative and open dialogue can effective measures be identified and implemented to combat harmful practices collectively.

Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

Open@Work reaffirms its collective commitment to workplace acceptance and inclusion. The decision not to participate in Brussels Pride was made in solidarity by members who prioritize actively promoting diversity and inclusion among LGBTQIA+ staff.

The proposal to participate solely with the Open@Work logo was deemed inadequate, as creating a sense of identity and belonging is integral to the network’s mission.

Looking Ahead

Despite the decision for non-participation, Open@Work expresses a desire to maintain collaboration with Rainbow Corporate & Pride in the future. The network hopes to once again showcase its colors and company logos, reaffirming the importance of workplace inclusion.

For many employees within the network’s member companies, Brussels Pride serves as a significant opportunity to celebrate identity and foster pride in the workplace.

About Open@Work

Open@Work comprises 42 member companies and organizations actively advocating for workplace inclusivity policies for the LGBTQIA+ community and its allies, representing over 200,000 employees.

Website : Open@Work