On Wednesday 14 October, Westpac launched their #YouBeingYou video to support the It Gets Better project.
The video features Westpac employees who identify as LGBT sharing their coming out stories and how although there were tough times on their life journey, it always gets better.
Westpac's CEO David McLean said at the event, "What we’re here to do tonight is to celebrate those stories, and something else that’s very important to us at Westpac: diversity and inclusion.
"It’s wonderful to live in a nation that has led the way for change, for over a century taking a stand on issues and forging a more inclusive society.
"We’ve come a long way. But we still have a way to go.
"This year we surveyed 1,000 Kiwis with Nielsen and we found that nearly half of all employees in NZ, whether gay or straight, don't feel they can be their authentic selves at work. We need to address this to unlock the potential of our people and create workplaces and communities that celebrate in everyone being themselves.
"At Westpac, courage is something we value. Courage, above all else, to be your authentic self. My commitment is to create a place where gender, cultural, religious or sexual diversity is a strength.”
Help make NZ, and the world, more inclusive
If you've watched the videos (embedded below) and want to help get the It Gets Better message around New Zealand and the world, please do so by:
Sharing some of the below status posts and tweets to your social networks
ReTweet the video from our Twitter page @WestpacNZ
You Being You videos
Here are the two versions of the videos careated, the full 7 minute one and a shorter 4 minute version.