Store Co-Manager Paul Tungsiriratana called Mads’ promotion “another step forward in gender equality, diversity and inclusion.” Associates at the store say they are committed to being allies.
“Being an ally means having an open mind and being accepting and supportive of those around you, no matter the differences,” Eugenia says. “Everyone is unique in their own way and those who identify as LGBTQIA deserve the same respect and inclusion as those around them.”
Mads appreciates the inclusive environment he’s experienced since joining Walmart in February 2021. He also understands it may not be so easy for others to come out and be their true selves, especially at work.
“You have to be comfortable with yourself before you tell a big environment. It takes time to find your identity,” he says while sharing his own experience coming out.
“My parents weren’t very surprised. They mourned the loss of a daughter, but they gained a son in the process.”
Small things can make a big difference for people like Mads.
“I’m very happy because we’ve brought back the pronoun pins, which makes me very excited,” he says. “It’s making it a very normal thing. It makes people feel really validated. Some may not care, but to others it’s everything.”