June is Pride Month – a month dedicated to celebrating LGBTQ+ communities around the world. It is held in June to commemorate the Stonewall riots, that took place in New York City on 28 June 1969.
If you’re LGBTQ+ and looking for work, being your authentic self in the workplace can be a real worry. Do you know about the Stonewall Diversity Champions programme?
Run by leading LGBTQ+ rights charity Stonewall, it is the leading employers’ programme for ensuring all LGBTQ+ staff are free to be themselves in the workplace. Over 900 organisations across the UK are part of the programme, all of whom share the same core belief of the power of a workplace that truly welcomes, respects and represents LGBTQ+ employees.
LGBTQ+ jobseekers can be reassured that members of the programme are dedicated to equality and inclusivity in the workplace.
How do I know if an employer is part of the Stonewall Diversity Champions programme?
Members of the scheme are likely to display a Stonewall Diversity Champions on their website, usually on their recruitment page.
Stonewall also measures the top 100 LGBTQ+ friendly employers each year. The list can be found on their website.
Stonewall also runs Proud Employers – a job site where LGBTQ+ inclusive employers advertise their vacancies. You can be sure that employers advertising on this site truly welcome LGBTQ+ into their workplace. Any income generated through the site is invested back into Stonewall’s work creating transformative change for LGBTQ+ people.
Proud Employers also have top tips for finding an LGBTQ+ inclusive employer.
If you’re a member of the LGBTQ+ community and are unemployed or experiencing difficulties at work, support is available. Check if you’re eligible for employment support from Work Well.