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Pride Month

Every June, communities around the world come together to celebrate Pride Month. This month-long event acknowledges the history, resilience, and achievements of the LGBTQ+ community. It reminds us of the ongoing fight for equality and acceptance for everyone, no matter their sexual orientation or gender identity.

Honouring the Past and Looking to the Future

Pride Month is a time to celebrate victories and remember the struggles of the LGBTQ+ community. It began with the Stonewall Riots in 1969, which sparked the modern LGBTQ+ rights movement. Since then, there have been many important milestones, like the legalisation of same-sex marriage and anti-discrimination laws.

But Pride Month also reminds us of the challenges that still exist today. These statistics, drawn from the Stonewell Report 2018, serve as a stark reminder of the challenges LGBTQ+ community face in the workplace:

  • Almost one in five LGBT staff (18 per cent) have been the target of negative comments or conduct from work colleagues in the last year because they’re LGBT.
  • One in ten black, Asian and minority ethnic LGBT staff (10 per cent) have similarly been physically attacked because of their sexual orientation and/or gender identity, compared to three per cent of white LGBT staff.
  • More than a third of LGBT staff (35 per cent) have hidden or disguised that they are LGBT at work in the last year because they were afraid of discrimination.
  • One in eight lesbian, gay and bi people (12 per cent) wouldn’t feel confident reporting any homophobic or biphobic bullying to their employer. One in five trans people (21 per cent) wouldn’t report transphobic bullying in the workplace.

SMEs need to guarantee that all employees feel safe, respected, and valued for who they are. This can be approached by implementing inclusive policies, providing diversity training, and embracing a culture of acceptance.

Allan Nunes Messias, Head of Business Recruitment EMEA & APAC at Adyen, emphasises the importance of awareness and education: “Experience has learned that it’s important for people to know these statistics and understand what they mean, so they can be part of the change. I’ve seen micro aggressions happening in the workplace that impact the wellbeing and feeling of safety for community members, often unconsciously because of lack of understanding. Continuous education in the form that suits the company, and its culture is very impactful in the long run.”

Supportive Leadership in the Workplace

Supportive leadership in the workplace means taking proactive steps to promote diversity and inclusion. It’s about leading by example and championing for positive change. You can demonstrate supportive leadership by:

  • Implementing Inclusive Policies: Crafting policies that protect LGBTQ+ employees from discrimination and harassment. This includes policies on hiring, promotion, and benefits that are inclusive of all sexual orientations and gender identities.
  • Providing Diversity Training: Offering training programs to further inform employees about LGBTQ+ issues and promote empathy and understanding. This helps to create a more inclusive and supportive workplace culture.
  • Supporting Employee Resource Groups: Establishing employee resource groups (ERGs) for LGBTQ+ employees and allies. These groups provide a support network, foster community, and advocate for change within your company.
  • Celebrating Pride Month: Recognising Pride Month with events, workshops, and initiatives that promote LGBTQ+ visibility and acceptance. This demonstrates a commitment to diversity and inclusion and sends a powerful message of support to LGBTQ+ employees.

As we delve deeper into the imperative for inclusivity in the workplace, Allan offers a profound insight into the dynamics of psychological safety. He emphasises, “Creating a visible space to improve psychological safety not only improves the productivity of employees from the community, but also creates a sense of belonging and sets a standard for inclusion efforts in the company. As a leader I operate from a mindset of considering the level of safety in the environment I create, based on the person that feels least safe and needs the most support on this.”

Celebrating Diversity and Building Bridges

At its heart, Pride Month is about celebrating diversity, unity, and love. It’s a time to embrace differences, share experiences, and build connections across communities.

As we celebrate Pride Month, let’s not forget the moves needed for true supportive leadership. Championing diversity and inclusion isn’t just about ticking boxes – it’s about creating spaces where every employee feels the power of being truly seen, respected and empowered to be their unfiltered selves. So, how can you continue to celebrate Pride Month beyond June and integrate these values into your day-today operations, ensuring your commitment to diversity and inclusion remains steadfast year-round?

As we conclude our exploration of Pride Month and its significance in promoting diversity and inclusion, Allan shares his invaluable insights on the importance of continuous education and allyship in driving meaningful change, reflecting “Even though celebration of Pride and education should be continuous, Pride Month has the greatest momentum to create a bigger understanding of how they can contribute to change and activate people in becoming allies.” Drawing from his experience in leading a PRIDE Employee Resource Group (ERG) he emphasises, “This period of the year brings a great opportunity to combine celebration and learning to create a feeling. Organisations shouldn’t forget to explain the why when showcasing the colourful sides of Pride”. 

Together, we can build a brighter and more inclusive future for everyone. If you’d like to discuss this article and learn how HR Delivered can advise you on EDI or anything related to people, get in touch today.”

Happy Pride! 🏳️‍🌈

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