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Pride 2018

This year's theme for Pride 2018 is 'Pride Matters' which equates to every part of life be it personal or at work. In HR we say 'bring your whole self to work' but the harsh reality is that a lot of members of the LGBTQ+ community feel the exact opposite - this needs to change, now!

Bring Pride into your workforce

When you consider that more than a third of LGBT employees which is roughly 35% have actively hidden that they are part of the LGBTQ+ community at work for fear of discrimination.

Additionally, according to Stonewall, one in ten black Asian and minority ethnic LGBT employees have been physically attacked by customers or colleagues in the last year.

Pride in London carried out some research and have produced this year’s ‘Pride Matters Report’ some of the distressing statistics to come from this data shows that 1 in 3 LGBTQ+ have been verbally abused because of who they are, further to that over three quarters the LGBTQ+ community feel that they cannot show affection to their partner when in public.

This is obviously extremely alarming and something that HR can entirely help and educate the workforce about, we need to make this a universal topic that tops all people agendas going forward and isn’t just a ‘tick box exercise’.

Pride 2018 content

  • True Inclusion with Suki SandhuSuki Sandhu is one of the UK’s leading diversity specialists, Suki established Audeliss in 2011, a diversity-focused boutique executive search firm. Since its inception, 65% of senior appointments have been filled by women, LGBT+ or ethnic minority candidates. Suki is a huge advocate of diversity and true inclusion within any workplace, and HRD Connect wanted to take the opportunity to ask him some vital questions around issues that members of the LGBTQ+ communities face daily.
  • Glamazon at Amazon This month celebrates Pride 2018, organisations should be celebrating their LGBTQ+ employees all year round, however, the month of June shines that multicoloured spotlight on diversity and inclusion throughout companies on a global scale. The sad reality is that over 25% of gay, lesbian or bisexual employees in the UK do not feel confident enough to openly be who they are in the workplace. In addition to this, according to Stonewall, 42% of trans people are not living entirely as their preferred gender because they feel it could directly impact or threaten their job – it’s 2018, this is not acceptable.
  • Pride at workThis month celebrates Pride 2018, and when you consider that it’s 2018 and over 25% of gay, lesbian or bisexual employees in the UK do not feel confident enough at work to be openly who they are, it’s incredibly alarming. In addition, according to Stonewall, 42% of trans people are not living entirely as their preferred gender because they feel it could directly impact or threaten their job. How can we change these attitudes?
  • Interview with Peter Holmes, Commercial Operations, StonewallLive from the Stonewall Workplace Conference, we spoke with Peter Holmes, Director of Commercial Operations at Stonewall who identified which organisations are progressing with trans-inclusion as well as overall LGBTQ+ equality.
  • Interview with Dawn Butler, MP Shadow Secretary of State for Women and Equality Live from the Stonewall Workplace Conference 2018, we speak with keynote speaker, Dawn Butler, MP Shadow Secretary of State for Women & Equalities, Labour Party. Dawn discusses equality in workplaces, calling out discrimination and how this shouldn’t be a challenge to employers.

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