June is Pride Month, making it the perfect time to catch up with the state of the LGBTQ community in the trucking industry. As a female truck driver, Shelle Lichti, Founder and Executive Director of LGBT Truckers, Inc., knows that discrimination against women and underrepresented populations haunts the trucking industry. Lichti founded LGBT Truckers to fight stereotypes and pave new paths in an industry dominated by men. For trucking to evolve, it needs to become an industry of acceptance. “The culture of the industry has slowly shifted,” Lichti said. “Do we still have room for growth? Yes. In all diversity inclusion levels, there is still a big need”.
Lichti recognizes that certain behaviors and attitudes in the trucking industry would not be tolerated or accepted in any other mainstream workforce, so there are still barriers to conquer. Watch the episode below to hear more about Lichti’s experience and her advice to the industry.
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