Sylvan Lake’s mother heads the 2SLGBTQ + National Business Directory
In Cameron’s words, it’s as easy as wanting to go out to dinner with your partner knowing that you will show respect and dignity.
Director of communications turned CEO, Moses hopes RainbowConnect will have an impact on homophobia and transphobia.
âI think once RainbowConnect gains popularity, companies will see, for example, that a company like Jaguar Land Rover in Calgary is listed and realize that they share similar values ââand are also a dealer, they are will therefore also register, “said Moses.
âI personify diversity as a first generation MÃ©tis Canadian from an immigrant family. Growing up, I knew what it was like to be seen as different and not to be treated equally. I have two young boys for whom I want to be a champion by changing the world little by little. “
Moses explains that the site was originally intended to be reserved for businesses belonging to 2SLGBTQ +, but they decided it would be more beneficial to include those who are allies.
There are around 160 listings on RainbowConnect from across Canada, many from central Alberta, but Moses and Cameron, both of whom are members of the 2SLGBTQ + community, are seeing it grow a lot more.
Registration is free for organizations, and businesses can get basic registration for free. More comprehensive accounts where jobs, events and other stuff can be posted are available for a fee.
When asked if local governments could do more to support businesses owned by 2SLGBTQ +, Cameron mentions not only municipalities, but chambers of commerce and other professional associations as well.
âI heard people from central Alberta say they were scared. Businesses don’t want to sign up because they don’t want to be targeted by non-supporters. One company actually told me that they supported us, but that they didn’t because their customers wouldn’t like it, âhe shares.
âThis is why it is necessary. It’s the same reason for the lesbian couple who hired the electrician. Society has moved to a place where it is more acceptable to see a Pride crosswalk, or more tolerable to see things during Pride Month, but there is still a lot of fear and antagonism. underlying to the 2SLGBTQ + community.
More information on RainbowConnect.ca.