Forever Proud, Forever Progressing: Celebrating Pride Month in Canada
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June marks Pride Month in Canada: a time to celebrate and honour the rich history of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Two Spirit (LGBTQ2+) community, reflect on the progress we have made, and acknowledge the challenges that still lie ahead. Diversity and inclusion are two of our core values here at TD Asset Management Inc. (TDAM), and as we kick off this year's Pride Month, we are reminded of the importance of continuing our efforts toward inclusivity and acceptance. We are Forever Proud, Forever Progressing.
As part of TD Bank Group, ("TD"), we have a long-standing commitment to allyship with the LGBTQ2+ community, and recognize the significant contributions that queer individuals have made to our society. In 1994, TD became the first bank in North America to provide same-sex spousal benefits, and since then, our commitment to the LGBTQ2+ community has continued to grow in breadth and depth. We currently work with over 175 LGBTQ2+ initiatives dedicated to building a more inclusive tomorrow, and are continuously working on making positive impacts through our allyship. From advocating for rights and supporting queer-affirming policies to providing a safe and welcoming environment for our employees and clients, we are proud of our ongoing efforts toward creating a more inclusive world.
While we have come a long way, we also remember that there is always more work to be done. The history of the LGBTQ2+ community in Canada is a testament to the resilience and strength of queer individuals who have had to overcome significant obstacles to secure the rights and freedoms that they enjoy today, but discrimination, prejudice and violence continue to be a daily reality for many. This Pride Month – and every month – we continue to focus our efforts toward creating a world where everyone can live freely and without fear of discrimination. As allies, it is our responsibility to take action toward creating a more inclusive world. By using our voices to speak out against discrimination and injustice, by actively working to help create safer spaces for queer individuals, by engaging in meaningful dialogue to better understand experiences and perspectives within the community, and by supporting policies and legislation that promote equity for all, we can continue showing up in allyship to help build a better tomorrow.
This Pride Month, we celebrate the progress that we have made and recommit ourselves to the work that lies ahead. TDAM honours the courage and resilience of the LGBTQ2+ community with a pledge to be Forever Proud and Forever Progressing in our efforts toward inclusivity and acceptance, and to nurturing a world where everyone can live with dignity, respect and equality.
To read more about our commitment to this year's Pride Month, please visit the TD Stories page.
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