Newsletter Edition 26 - June 2021


The fight against prejudice belongs to everyone

The round of conversation on “Inclusion LGBTQIA+ in the legal market”, held on June 23rd, showed that prejudice is embedded in society and overcoming it is everyone’s task. Promoted by ABPI’s Diversity Committee, the event was opened by ABPI’s president Luiz Edgard Montaury Pimenta and brought together lawyer Luanda Pires and Felipe Britto, the content production director of Philip Morris International, moderated by lawyer Pedro Vilhena. “We are all responsible for changing standards”, said Luanda Pires. “The ally is also our voice”, added Britto.

Luanda Pires defended the use of the judiciary to combat prejudice against homosexuals,lesbians, transgenders, and the like. “We need to use the law as a tool to minimize prejudice”, she stated. For the lawyer, the “inertia of the good guys” has been maintaining the environment of identity exclusion in society. “It is no longer possible to remain silent; we need action to ensure the lives and safety of these people and a fairer society for all of us”.

The director of Philip Morris highlighted that the practice of diversity in companies goes beyond the social role and also results in financial advantages, as it improves the work environment, attracting and retaining talents that are in the zone of discrimination. He indicated several NGOs that assist in the area of ​​business diversity, including those working in hiring LGBTQIA+ professionals. “If you are from the HR area, challenge your HR manager to hire an LGBTQIA+ professional”, he advised.

The round of conversation was attended by Renata Shaw and Isabella Cardoso from ABPI’s Diversity Committee. At the event, the collection of donations under the Solidarity Action will revert to the benefit of ANTRA (National Association of Transvestites and Transsexuals).

The acronym LGBTQIA+ brings together sexual orientations (to whom each person feels sexually and sentimentally attracted) and gender identities (how a person identifies). It includes lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transexuals, queer, intersex, asexual, and other sexual orientations and gender identities.

You can review the event on the ABPI Channel on Youtube.