Happy Pride Month from Chambers Southern Ltd!
For LGBTQ+ people, Pride Month promotes their dignity, equal rights, self-affirmation and is a way of increasing society’s awareness of the issues they face.
In 2020 – 2021, there were 17,135 hate crimes based on sexual orientation in the UK, with a further 2,630 specifically against transgender people. This was a 6.8% rise in LGBTQ+ related hate crime versus the previous year (data from gov.uk).
Whether you are LGBTQ+ or not, you certainly have colleagues, friends and family that are – even if you do not know it. With this year seeing exhausting debate, questioning and attacks around protections and laws banning conversion therapy for all LGBTQ+ people – inclusive of trans people – Pride is as important as ever.
Visibility of LGBTQ+ people in society is a key part of Pride. We come together, come out and shake off shame to show that we are proud of who we are; we are here, strong, and not going anywhere. It is a celebration of our culture: our diversity and individuality, resilience, art, expression, love, and community.
We at Chambers Southern Ltd are proud of our diverse workforce and members of the LGBTQ+ including our very own Operational Assistant, Ciaran Urry-Tuttiett. He is a regular contributor to the LGBT Charity Stonewall, and while being furlough from his previous job at Bluestar Buses in Southampton between March and June 2020, Ciaran took it up on himself to complete a SkillsFirst Level 2 Certificate in LGBT Inclusion in the Workplace (RQF).
"While using Facebook back in February 2020, I saw an advertisement to take part in this LGBT Inclusion course in the Workplace as an opportunity to ensure that the workplace I'm in supports diversity and equality. Not just to the LGBTQ+ community but for everyone as a whole". Ciaran adds "I've been married to Rob since August 2017 and we've been in a relationship since November 2012 and we couldn't be any happier. Homophobia is sadly still in society, but thankfully it doesn't happen very often. However, since joining Chambers Southern Ltd, I've received nothing but love, respect and kindness from my colleagues and customers. I'm proud to work for such a progressive, forward-thinking and accepting company!"
We would like to wish everyone a very fun, safe, enjoyable and enlightening Pride Month 2022. If you would like to find out more about the occasion then please head over to the Stonewall UK's website: https://www.stonewall.org.uk/takepride
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