Pride Month

Published on: 17/06/2024


June has been a month of dreary wet weather.  Luckily, the vibrant colours and messages of acceptance for the LGBTQ+ community have been something to celebrate, despite the weather!  This annual celebration serves as a reminder to the progress made and the challenges overcome, but also as inspiration for the various developments still to be made. We will continue the fight for the rights of every individual, both in and outside of the workplace, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, and shall explore in this article the significance of Pride Month and why it remains particularly important for everyone.

Education and Awareness

It is important that we take the opportunity to recognise that supporting this movement takes not only Celebration, but also Education – we need to raise awareness of the hardship and discrimination still experienced today by countless people, much of which is disguised in actions and behaviours of colleagues. Discrimination comes in different forms – it need not be outright aggression and lead to physical harm, but extends to subtle one-off remarks by a colleague, or the indirect, passing comment of someone unaware of the consequences.

By learning about these challenges, we can dispel myths, stereotypes and prejudice in order to gear towards a more compassionate society, as without empathy, we cannot hope to progress. Such awareness can be addressed with regular training on diversity, inclusion and equality as well as anti-harassment and bullying.

Supporting the LGBTQ+ Community and Employee Wellbeing

Supporting Pride in the workplace is more than a symbolic gesture that occurs once a year during Pride month; it is a long term statement and commitment towards progression. By embracing and actively championing LGBTQ+ rights, organisations can create an inclusive and cohesive environment that attracts top talent, whilst maintaining employee satisfaction and wellbeing. Whilst this month has been everyone’s opportunity to showcase their external support with flags and banners and statements, our internal attitudes should be sustained throughout the year, as we move towards a brighter and more inclusive future.

Seeking Help

Unfortunately, instances of discrimination, in any form, arise frequently in the workplace. In fact, whilst the majority of managers believe they have created a welcoming environment for members of the LGBTQ+ community, their employees feel differently. If you feel you or someone you know has been harassed or discriminated against in the work environment, the key action is to report this, no matter how small you feel it is, to enable the matter to be investigated and for a resolution to be found. On the flipside, employers should ensure that they have clear reporting procedures in place, such as grievance and whistleblowing policies, which are then undertaken in a prompt and thorough manner. If you would like to discuss steps that you can take to support LGBT staff and to make your workplace more inclusive, or if you are an employee and think you have been discriminated against because of your sexual orientation or gender identity, please do not hesitate to get in touch with one of our experts in the employment team.


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