Celebrating and supporting the Roche LGBTQ community is paramount to our purpose-driven culture and pursuit of an open and equal society. In honour of Pride Month, employees around the world share their stories.
The importance of having allies
“We can only hope for real change if everyone is committed to taking a stand. An ally is anyone who supports the LGBTQ+ community and their active voices and actions are essential in helping others understand the challenges."
André Bertomeu works in Roche Medical Affairs, Brazil and is the chair of the OPEN network that believes in the value of working with allies to expand awareness of the LGBTQ+ community. He also talks about a recent win in his country.Read André’s story
Coming out, authenticity and leadership from the heart
Stuart Knight, our GM at Roche in Australia shares his workplace coming-out journey; and how it reminded him of the value of authenticity and visibility in the workplace.
Ban katanta“Coming out at work took me on a very interesting journey. I was already ‘out’ in my personal life, but went firmly back ‘into the closet’ when I joined the UK pharmaceutical industry in 1992. I didn’t know what kind of environment I was walking into; I didn’t know if it was safe and accepted, or if being gay would hinder my career, so I kept it a secret for five years.”
“I was compelled to take a stand”
Seeing her best friend come out during high school – and be rejected by his parents and friends – shaped Cindy’s drive for a diverse and inclusive workplace. She believes it is critical to have a culture of seeing individuals for who they are, and what they stand for.
Two sides of the coin
Huge strides taken
Ban katanta Laura Lange is Senior Global Project Manager in the Personalized Healthcare Center of Excellence based at the Genentech campus, South San Francisco. She shares stories that highlight progress made at Genentech on issues concerning the LGBTQ+ community, thanks to support from engaged allies.
Brazil is a country of contradictions when it comes to LGBTQ+ matters. While we have the biggest pride celebration in the world with an estimated 3 million people having attended in 2019, we are also the country with the highest violence rates against the community. We can only hope for real change if everyone is committed to taking a stand. An ally is anyone who supports the LGBTQ+ community and their active voices and actions are essential in helping others understand the challenges faced by the LGBTQ+ community and support equality.
Policies based on prejudice and not science still exist
“I am proud to see the contribution Roche Diagnostics is making in COVID testing, which could allay some of these heightened fears. I also see areas where the importance of quality diagnostics can have further impact.”
Mike Wierzba, Manager, Regulatory Affairs, Roche Tissue Diagnostics, is the chair of the OPEN Group at the site in Tucson, Arizona in the US. He talks about challenges the community faces during times of COVID and the importance of having allies.Read Michael’s story