Ever since I came out, I became my true self: I’m more communicative, more dedicated, and happier. In the past I was more quiet, anxious about being around people, keeping to myself. I never felt fully accepted, but that’s probably because I didn’t accept myself in that time. Now, I don’t need to spend energy on being stressed about my identity whether it’s with my friends or at work at Henkel. This gives me space and energy for new things and ideas. The company doesn’t only accept my transition, they’re still trying to learn more, to make an impact, and they do. The private sector is contributing to LGBTQ+ inclusion, and although my country is so conservative, Henkel tries everything to spread awareness, internally and externally. The company enrolls experts and really wants a deep dive into learning more. It’s not enough to post rainbow logos on social media, sign diversity charter declaration and seem like an inclusive company, I want to see action – which is exactly what Henkel does.