Jim McAleese is a Senior Graphic Designer in South Florida and offices in Boca Raton. Jim provides senior level strategy and creative concept designs for custom marketing deliverables. Projects include business development proposals, property marketing, advertising, video production, e-marketing and other high-level custom deliverables. He is also responsible for the management of the region’s social media.
Why is Pride Month important to you?
As a Proud member of the LGBTQ community, it’s important to me that others are educated about pride, the meaning behind it and why it’s important to our community’s culture.
Why is diversity important in the workplace?
I think this goes beyond LGBTQ, and falls into many categories such as Women’s rights, Black & Latino culture, and so much more. Diversity in the workplace brings opportunity for growth and a better understanding of people in general. You will get a lot more understanding of people when you actually get to know them rather than hearing about them.
How can the workplace best support LGBTQ+ colleagues and allies?
First, education of employees. Posting a rainbow flag without educating people on what it represents only leaves it up to interpretation. It’s good for others who may be still “in the closet” to see a company embrace diversity.
How do you celebrate Pride?
In Florida, I celebrate by attending the Stonewall Pride in Wilton Manors and when possible, I try to attend other cities pride events. This year I will be working with the Pride Center of Florida and participating with their parade float that is also a reveal of the theme to the Halloween Block Party Theme.
Why is it important to self-identify at work as LGBTQ+ or an ally?
I can’t think of doing anything other than being myself.
How did you self-identify as LGBTQ+ at work?
I am open about who I am at work. I am mindful of others, but I do have photos of my husband on my desk. When I talk about my life, I don’t mask who I am.
What does it mean to be an ally at work, besides joining UNITY?
An ally is typically a heterosexual that supports the rights and equality of their LGBTQ peers and stands up for them in situations of discrimination or homophobia.