Creating a LGBTQI+ inclusive workplace
To the casual observer, it may seem that there has never been a better time to be lesbian, gay, bisexual or trans (LGBT) in the UK. There are laws against discrimination, same-sex marriage is legal, and inclusion appears to be growing across society. Representation of LGBT identities is increasing in the media, there are more openly LGBT celebrities and sports stars, and rights for trans people are slowly advancing. For some, LGBT issues seem to no longer be issues at all.
Yet, research overwhelmingly demonstrates that there are still significant barriers faced by LGBT people in the UK today. Hate crime is rising, health inequalities are stark, conversion therapy is still lawfully practiced in the UK, and in 2019 1 in 5 people said being LGBT was ‘immoral or against their beliefs’. The perception that ‘the job is done’ when it comes to LGBT equality can hide the true extent of the health inequalities experienced by LGBT communities.
The good news is that there are many things each of us can do as employers, colleagues, friends and fellow humans to address these inequalities. This 60 minute workshops will cover:
- LGBT History – Where some of the anti-LGBT beliefs we see today come from, and the roots of the Pride movement.
- LGBT Language – Why the words we choose matter and how we can use inclusive language
- LGBT Issues – The key issues for LGBTQ people in the UK today, equalities law, and how we can be allies to these communities.
- Steps to Change – Thinking about you, your team, and the things you can do today to make your workplace (and the world) a better place for LGBT people.
You will leave with a clear idea of what you can do to make a difference in your workplace – from language and attitudes to data and policies, and links to further information to inform and educate yourself and others on LGBTQ inclusion and equity.
How it works:
- Capacity: 50 people on-site or up to 100 virtually.
- Duration: 60 minutes
- Logistics: This workshop is available for delivery as a virtual webinar, or on-site in London or the South-East.
- Your facilitator: Head of a leading LGBT charity, committed to tackling inequality and helping improve the wellbeing of marginalised people.