Every story counts – pride for photo prize

Community
Engagement Officer Chris Lusham has won a national photography competition with
his portrait celebrating the pride flag.

The photo competition held by the Department of Human Services celebrates workplace diversity and inclusion.

Chris
chose the photo after it was well received by his workplace on ‘Wear it Purple
Day’, which supports the LGBTI+ community.

“I
want people who see the photo to know it’s alright to show their true colours,”
Chris said.

“I
didn’t win it for me, I won it for all the staff who haven’t told people who
they are.

“I
want people to be able to say to themselves, ‘If this guy can do it, so can
I.’”

Chris
works at the Department of Human Services’ Parramatta and Merrylands Service
Centres. He supports vulnerable customers from a range of backgrounds,
including people experiencing homelessness. He also works with community groups
to ensure support is reaching those who really need it.

Chris’ winning photo now has pride of place in the department’s
new Workplace Inclusion and Diversity strategy.
The strategy ensures the department is a workplace where everyone feels respected, included, supported, valued and
empowered.

“Staff at the department come from all walks of life,” Chris
said.

“I don’t wave the flag as soon as I walk into the office, I just
want my story to help break down barriers and promote acceptance for everyone,
no matter who they are or where they’re from.

“The one thing is I strongly believe is that being honest with each other is most important – embrace one’s self!”

More information

  • Read
    more about Workplace Diversity and Inclusion at the Department of Human
    Services here.