Posted: June 9, 2023 By Adrian Morris

Celebrating Pride Month: Spotlight on Adrian Morris

Adrian Morris, Customer Operations Associate at Liberis, shares coming out experiences, praises inclusive culture, advises LGBTQIA+ employees to be themselves, urges allies to speak up, highlights LGBTQIA+ connections at work, and finds inspiration in role models, offering support and advice to young individuals.

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Can you briefly introduce yourself?

I’m Adrian Morris, Customer Operations Associate at Liberis. I’m a massive nerd so my hobbies include gaming, film, comics etc.

Can you share some of your experiences of coming out, if applicable?

The first person I came out to was my drama teacher at the age of 12. I stayed behind after a class and asked to speak to him, and he said of course and asked me what was wrong. I said I think I might be like you. Being the person that he is he looked me dead in the eye and said: “what, fabulous?” I said no that I was gay and burst into tears. He gave me the biggest hug and said I know and also shed a tear. He’s been my rock ever since so glad to have him apart of my life.

How would you describe Liberis’ culture when it comes to diversity and inclusion, specifically towards LGBTQIA+ employees? 

I find the culture here very welcoming. We are encouraged to be who we are no matter who we are. We actively try to celebrate differences which could be people sharing stories, raising awareness, or just having open honest conversations with each other.

What would you say to a new LGBTQIA+ employee joining Liberis? 

Don’t be afraid to be yourself and let your guard down. You will never be judged here for being who you are no matter where you fall on the rainbow or spectrum.

How can allies within Liberis best support the LGBTQIA+ community in the workplace? 

This goes for both in and out of the workplace. Make sure you’re calling out unacceptable behaviour and asking questions if you’re unsure of something. It’s the best way to learn from one another.

How have your experiences as a member of the LGBTQIA+ community shaped your personal relationships and social interactions? 

I always find that queer people tend to find each other in a workplace. Our cultural references and shared stories often are the building blocks for great friendships.

Could you tell us about a personal role model or inspiration that has significantly impacted your journey as an LGBTQIA+ person? 

Apart from the drama teacher I previously mentioned, I’ve always looked up to Sir Ian McKellen. Apart from being an absolute icon, he’s been fighting for gay rights since the beginning. Coming out on TV and speaking about gay rights openly in the media since the 80s, for some this could have killed your career, but it’s never stopped him.

What advice would you give to young LGBTQIA+ individuals who are in the process of understanding their identities? 

Don’t think that your alone. It’s scary coming to terms with your own sexual or gender identity. The feeling of not being able to “fit in” to social norms never really stops but there is a massive community of support just ready to support you. Don’t let external influences get to you. Remain true to yourself and you’ll find your path.

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