Creating Long Lasting Visibility for LGBTQ2+ Communities with Florence Gagnon & Sandeep Nair – June 8, 2021

LGBTQ2+ representation in entrepreneurial and media spaces is vital – allowing individuals to feel seen and understood in meaningful ways. Sandeep Nair, Manager of Business Operations at Pride at Work Canada and Florence Gagnon, Programming Assistant at Pride at Work Canada and Founder at lstw Magazine, discuss intersectionality and promoting long-lasting representation for LGBTQ2+ communities. 

Florence Gagnon holds a bachelor of fine arts from Concordia University. She is the founder, publisher and creative director of lstw magazine, a bilingual queer publication based in Montréal that is distributed across Canada, as well as in European capitals and major US cities. Florence is the co-creator and executive producer of Féminin/Féminin, and a Programming Assistant for a non-profit based in Toronto, Pride at Work Canada, that empowers employers to build workplaces that celebrate all employees regardless of gender expression, gender identity, and sexual orientation.

Sandeep Nair is the Manager of Business Operations for Pride at Work Canada. He moved to Canada from India in 2019 with over 12 years of work experience and has worked as EDI – Program Consultant and prior to that, worked for a communication agency. He comes with a global perspective on EDI and the role organizations can play in harnessing the power of business for a positive social change. Sandeep’s work focuses on creating an inclusive workplace environment for all, especially LGBTQ2+ community and people with disabilities. He has played a key role in developing three research publications, to achieve success in creating a safe and inclusive society. 

“You need to stay true to yourself, authenticity will help you stand out from everyone”

“Big or small, every organization has a responsibility towards creating a safe and inclusive environment for their employees” 

In this week’s episode of the #StartupCanadaPodcast, sponsored by Mastercard, Florence and Sandeep discuss intersecting identities and inclusivity for LGBTQ+ communities.