Updated: Sep 19, 2019
To celebrate LGBT History Month, we’ve chosen the Sexual Orientation module, which forms part of our recently updated Equality & Diversity range, as February’s Module of the Month.
Starting in 2005, the annual event aims to increase the visibility of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, their history and experiences, with this year’s theme of Peace, Reconciliation and Activism chosen to mark 100 years since the Treaty of Versailles as well as the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising in New York which inspired the modern gay rights movement.
Ahead of the event, LGBT charity Stonewall has released its Workplace Equality Index, which celebrates the Top 100 most LGBT-inclusive employers in the UK, stating that businesses have the power to affect positive social change as they sit on the frontlines of driving equality forward.
Despite this, studies show that for a third of LGBT employees the fear of discrimination prevented them from coming out, which is why Stonewalls Head of Private Sector Memberships, Vicky Hayden, believes “it’s crucial that employers listen to their LGBT staff and the challenges they face to come up with solutions together.”
How can we help?
Well, Sturdy’s recently revamped Equality & Diversity range explores the nine protected characteristics listed in the Equality Act 2010, featuring courses on Gender Reassignment, Marriage & Civil Partnership and Sexual Orientation which discuss the benefits of creating diverse and inclusive workplaces where everyone is given equal opportunity to achieve their potential.
To learn more about the definition of sexual orientation, the sensitivities around the coming out process and the legal protections available to employees in the UK, check out our Sexual Orientation module for FREE, by clicking here!
For more on the Equality & Diversity range, which also features courses on Age, Race, Religion or Belief, Sex Discrimination, Pregnancy & Maternity and Disability, contact the team at firstname.lastname@example.org