Are organisations causing more damage than good by doing Pride Month wrong?
For the third year running the UK has fallen down the ILGA’s LGBT rights ranking, now putting us in 17th place having led the way in just 2015. The reality is, the UK is becoming increasingly less safe for LGBTQ+ people both in and out of work as hate crimes rise, social commentary continues dividing opinions and the Government remains indecisive on their actions to progress further. And employers and colleagues who are not part of the community need to do more to create and foster a safe place for them.
Here are just a few statistics that cannot be ignored:
- 64% of LGBT+ people have experienced violence or abuse
- 88% of transgender people do not report hate crimes they experience
- 35% of LGBT employees have hidden their sexuality or identity at work for fear of discrimination
- 41% of employees who identify as transgender, non-binary or another gender have experienced bullying, discrimination or harassment at work (from our own research)
In this webinar we discussed how performative corporate allyship is not only ineffective, but actively contributing to the harm LGBTQ+ people experience, and what organisations should be doing, or avoiding, this Pride month.
How are organisations truly including, supporting and protecting their LGBTQ+ employees – be that through reporting routes, mental health and wellbeing aid, encouraging conversations around diversity and inclusion or use gender pronouns in the workplace, policies, and staff networks – not just during Pride Month but all year round?
This webinar was hosted by Culture Shift’s very own Kenya Peters, Product Marketing Manager and LGBT Foundation Training advisory board member and Vicki Baars, Head of Culture Transformation.
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