I expected people to judge me like they had in the past. To my surprise, that never happened. Everyone treated me like I was just another person. That’s all I ever wanted. It was an amazing feeling. I told my husband, John, that I loved Walmart and decided to stay. When he needed a job, Walmart hired him, too.
I took on new roles and worked my way up through the company. Today, after more than eight years with Walmart Canada, I’m proud to be the scheduling systems manager on the Workforce Management Team.
I feel very fortunate to work for Walmart, a place that accepts me for who I am. When associates see me, they see Chris – the guy who loves his dogs, camping and video games. Yes, I’m also gay, but that doesn’t define me. There are so many more interesting things about me.
I’m proud to be part of the Walmart family. This is that place where everyone is included. It’s the feeling of belonging that means everything to me. That’s why I keep “this is that place” on my email signature. This is that place where I can be me.
That’s what Pride is all about. That’s why I love Walmart. Thank you for letting me be me.