26 Sep 2023
Amy Cozart-Lundin

From Struggle to Acceptance: My Journey and Hopes for LGBTQ+ Inclusivity, and the Power of Inclusivity Training

From Struggle to Acceptance: My Journey and Hopes for LGBTQ+ Inclusivity, and the Power of Inclusivity Training

In the early days of my journey to self-discovery, I learned a powerful truth - time heals (most) wounds. My story is one of transformation, resilience, and the enduring power of love.

The Darkest Hour

In 2001, when I came out to my deeply religious family, I was met with tears and anger. My mother wept, and my father declared that "no woman will ever be welcome in this home." It was a painful and tumultuous time in my life. We spent a year in silence, not speaking to one another, each of us grappling with our own emotions and beliefs.

But something remarkable happened during that year of estrangement. As the days turned into months, we began to come back around to each other. We made a choice, a conscious decision to love each other despite our differences. It wasn't easy, and it wasn't immediate, but it was the beginning of a healing journey.

The Journey of Healing

Today, 22 years later, my wife and I are not only welcomed into my family's home but embraced with open arms. My family has grown to love and support us, a testament to the power of love and time to mend even the deepest divides.

However, that doesn't mean we always see eye to eye. We still disagree about LGBTQ+ issues, and the political climate of recent years has strained our acceptance. But what remains constant is the knowledge that love can bridge gaps, and time can bring understanding.

A Message to Future Generations

My story isn't just about personal growth and reconciliation; it's a plea to the generations that follow. When I was 20 and struggling with my sexual orientation, I wish someone had told me that things would get better. At that time, I couldn't see beyond the darkness of my struggles. I attempted suicide, battled mental health issues, and felt isolated.

But I survived, and I thrived, because I held onto hope. I want the next generations of LGBTQ+ individuals to have an easier journey. That's why I'm committed to my work in corporate inclusivity training. My goal is that the ripples of this initiative will reach future generations, ensuring they won't have to endure the same pain and isolation.

The Path to Inclusivity: Our LGBTQ+ Inclusivity Training Initiatives

Inclusivity and acceptance are not just ideals to strive for; they are actionable goals that can be achieved through education and awareness. This is where our LGBTQ+ inclusivity training initiatives come into play.

At the heart of our efforts is the belief that education is the most potent tool for change. We understand that fostering inclusivity isn't just about changing minds; it's about nurturing hearts and creating environments where everyone feels valued and respected.

Education as a Catalyst for Change

Our training programs are designed to educate employees, managers, and leaders at all levels of an organization. We firmly believe that knowledge is the first step toward acceptance and that understanding breeds empathy.

Through our initiatives, we tackle a range of essential topics:

  1. Understanding LGBTQ+ Identities: We provide comprehensive information about the diverse spectrum of LGBTQ+ identities, helping participants grasp the nuances and challenges faced by these communities.
  2. Unpacking Stereotypes and Bias: We address common stereotypes and biases related to LGBTQ+ individuals and guide participants in recognizing and challenging these harmful beliefs.
  3. Creating Inclusive Workspaces: Our training emphasizes the importance of fostering inclusive workplaces where LGBTQ+ employees feel safe and supported, including practical strategies for achieving this.
  4. Respectful Language and Communication: We provide guidance on using inclusive language and communication that respects gender identities and expressions.
  5. Navigating Legal and Policy Considerations: Our programs also cover the legal and policy aspects of LGBTQ+ inclusivity, ensuring that organizations remain compliant with relevant laws and regulations.

A Vision for the Future

Our vision extends beyond the immediate impact of these training programs. We believe that by investing in LGBTQ+ inclusivity today, we are shaping a more equitable and compassionate tomorrow. Our goal is to create a ripple effect, where the knowledge and understanding gained in these programs extend far beyond the workplace.

We envision a future where LGBTQ+ individuals, regardless of their background, can live and work authentically without fear of discrimination or prejudice. Through education and advocacy, we hope to build a world where coming out stories are filled with acceptance and support from the very beginning.

Inclusivity is not a destination but a continuous journey. With our LGBTQ+ inclusivity training initiatives, we're committed to helping organizations take meaningful steps on this path, one that leads to a more inclusive and accepting world for all.

As I reflect on my own journey from a place of uncertainty and pain to one of acceptance and love within my family, I'm reminded that change is possible. Our LGBTQ+ inclusivity training initiatives are a testament to the power of education and understanding to transform lives and relationships. Just as my family and I found a way to bridge our differences and embrace one another, we are dedicated to helping organizations bridge the gaps of understanding and create workplaces where everyone is welcome, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.


If you or someone you know is struggling with thoughts of suicide, depression, or any mental health issues, please don't hesitate to reach out for help. You are not alone, and there are people and organizations ready to support you.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255)

Crisis Text Line: Text "HOME" to 741741

Your mental health matters, and there is hope, even in the darkest of times. Please reach out to one of these resources or a trusted person in your life. You are valued, and your journey can lead to a brighter future.