When it comes to acceptance, the sea has changed

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The LGBT community has an important milestone to celebrate.

A pride flag flies on the flagpole alongside the Canadian flag atop Moose Jaw city hall on Tuesday afternoon. The flag was raised following a unanimous vote by city council on the evening of Feb. 10, 2014. It will remain there until the end of the Winter Olympics.

In a Leger poll of 1,090 employed Canadians, 89 per cent of employed adults said having workplace cultures that welcome and value all employees, regardless of their sexual orientations, was either somewhat (20 per cent) or very (69 per cent) important.

The poll — titled the Sodexo Workplace Diversity Survey — was conducted online between April 25 and 30, and contains a number of valuable findings.

More than 90 per cent of employed Canadians believe employees who feel comfortable being themselves in the workplace are more likely to contribute to their company’s success.

Meanwhile, 87 per cent of them believe a company that treats employees equally regardless of their differences are more likely to be successful.

These are more than just figures — they are powerful statements reflecting a vital understanding of the importance of acceptance and compassion in the workplace.

Canada isn’t perfect, and there is still a long way to go before this country becomes what it needs to be.

Pockets of intolerance and ignorance continue to exist — some larger than others.

But as the numbers clearly show, this country has come a long way, and that is worth celebrating.

All Times-Herald editorials are written by its editorial staff.

Geographic location: Canada

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