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Stonewall Workplace Conference London 2017

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Stonewall Workplace Conference London 2017 – Conference is a unique chance to hear from inspiring people like Robert Hannigan, Director of GCHQ, and Inga Beale, CEO of Lloyd’s of London. Our speakers bring our work to life and empower our audiences to create change.  London, UK; Apr 7, 2017

Stonewall Workplace Conference London 2017

People perform better when they can be themselves.

Join over 800 delegates at our CPD-accredited conference in London on Friday 7 April, kindly supported by EY.

Why attend?

Learn best practice

View this year’s breakout sessions

  • We have 21 breakout sessions lead by inclusion specialists. New content this year includes sessions on working in Asia and supporting your bi staff.
  • For the first time, we will have streams on working globally and supporting your trans staff, as well as a stream of senior leaders.
  • Delegates leave with an action plan and access to the latest Stonewall research and resources.

Expand your network

  • Connect with professionals from all sectors committed to equality.
  • Share expertise with top organizations and leading LGBT networks.
  • Learn more about Stonewall’s resources and campaigns and how to use them in your organization.

Be inspired

The conference is a unique chance to hear from inspiring people like Robert Hannigan, Director of GCHQ, and Inga Beale, CEO of Lloyd’s of London. Our speakers bring our work to life and empower our audiences to create change.


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Stonewall and Lend Lease help kick homophobia, biphobia and transphobia out of construction

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Lend Lease has embraced Stonewall’s Rainbow Laces campaign, which aims to kick homophobia out of sport, and have reinterpreted it with thousands of builders at Lend Lease sites.

Workers based on sites including the Elephant & Castle regeneration project, The Zig Zag Building, The International Quarter in Stratford and the 13-storey Kings Gate have donned Stonewall’s Rainbow Laces together to kick homophobia, biphobia and transphobia out of their industry.

As part of this, the organisation hopes to be the first from the construction and property industry to enter into Stonewall’s Workplace Equality Index, a top 100 of Britain’s best employers for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people. Lend Lease has recently launched its own allies programme, and has engaged with real estate LGBT networking group Freehold.

Chris Edwards, Client Group Manager at Stonewall said: ‘We know that LGBT people still face challenges working in the construction industry. That’s why initiatives like this – and the work of senior role models and allies at Lend Lease and across the sector – are absolutely vital. We’re committed to working with organisations in the construction sector to help make the industry open and welcoming to all.’

Martin Coyd, Head of Health & Safety in Europe at Lend Lease, and Chair of the Lend Lease Europe Diversity Council: ‘At Lend Lease, we pride ourselves on creating the best places and valuing the ways in which we differ.

‘A diverse and inclusive culture makes good business sense. To perform at the best of our ability, we need a culture and an environment that embraces difference and where we can benefit from the diverse thinking, experiences and backgrounds of our people.

‘When our industry becomes more inclusive, people can then be themselves, allowing them to reach their full potential. If we don’t embrace diversity, we will lose out on the talent, skills and experience that come with it.’

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Stonewall and Lend Lease help kick homophobia, biphobia and transphobia out of construction

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Lend Lease has embraced Stonewall’s Rainbow Laces campaign, which aims to kick homophobia out of sport, and have reinterpreted it with thousands of builders at Lend Lease sites.

Workers based on sites including the Elephant & Castle regeneration project, The Zig Zag Building, The International Quarter in Stratford and the 13-storey Kings Gate have donned Stonewall’s Rainbow Laces together to kick homophobia, biphobia and transphobia out of their industry.

As part of this, the organisation hopes to be the first from the construction and property industry to enter into Stonewall’s Workplace Equality Index, a top 100 of Britain’s best employers for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people. Lend Lease has recently launched its own allies programme, and has engaged with real estate LGBT networking group Freehold.

Chris Edwards, Client Group Manager at Stonewall said: ‘We know that LGBT people still face challenges working in the construction industry. That’s why initiatives like this – and the work of senior role models and allies at Lend Lease and across the sector – are absolutely vital. We’re committed to working with organisations in the construction sector to help make the industry open and welcoming to all.’

Martin Coyd, Head of Health & Safety in Europe at Lend Lease, and Chair of the Lend Lease Europe Diversity Council: ‘At Lend Lease, we pride ourselves on creating the best places and valuing the ways in which we differ.

‘A diverse and inclusive culture makes good business sense. To perform at the best of our ability, we need a culture and an environment that embraces difference and where we can benefit from the diverse thinking, experiences and backgrounds of our people.

‘When our industry becomes more inclusive, people can then be themselves, allowing them to reach their full potential. If we don’t embrace diversity, we will lose out on the talent, skills and experience that come with it.’

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Stonewall joins #GivingTuesday movement

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#GivingTuesday – which takes place today (2 December) – aims to provide a charitable antidote to the pre-Christmas consumer boom, falling directly after Black Friday and Cyber Monday. It follows two of the big pre-Christmas shopping days with a day of doing good, encouraging people to do one simple charitable act. It is hoped that #GivingTuesday in the UK will replicate the success of the US, where charities have seen a huge spike in donations on the day.

Stonewall receives no core government funding and relies on individual donors to support its work. The lesbian, gay and bisexual equality charity is asking people to get involved in a number of ways, from pledging to stand up to bullying to donating towards their ongoing work tackling discrimination worldwide.

Stonewall’s Head of Individual Giving Lynn Percival said: ‘Since Stonewall was founded 25 years ago we’ve helped secure legal equality for lesbian, gay and bisexual people in Britain. But we know that there’s still so much to do to end bullying and discrimination.

‘We’re excited about using the momentum of #GivingTuesday to get more people involved in our work and create real social change. Today we’re asking people to pledge, donate, fundraise or shop with us to help support out work.’

#GivingTuesday in the UK is led by the Charities Aid Foundation, with support from Blackbaud. Leaders from businesses, charities and the media have joined them to explore how they can boost donations to charity and volunteering and create a giving movement in the UK.

John Low, Chief Executive of the Charities Aid Foundation, said: ‘We’re bringing #GivingTuesday to the UK to provide a contrast to the peak shopping days of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, to remind us that the spirit of the festive season should be about community and not just consumerism.’

To find out more and support Stonewall during #GivingTuesday visit www.stonewall25.org.uk/get-involved. For more details about the #GivingTuesday movement, visit www.givingtuesday.org.uk.

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Welsh national rugby team takes a stand against homophobic abuse

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Shocking figures show that more than 75,000 young people will be bullied this year simply for being gay, and 21,000 will attempt suicide. Homophobic bullying and abuse can have a devastating impact on young people’s self-esteem, with one in three who experience homophobic bullying changing their plans for future education because of it. It can also escalate from playground name-calling to grown-up violence.

Spectators at Saturday’s Dove Men’s Series International Match will be asked to join the squad in the campaign. The sell-out crowd at Cardiff’s 74,000-seat Millennium Stadium will be shown Stonewall’s NoBystanders campaign video, featuring Sir Ian McKellen.

Andrew White, Stonewall Cymru Director said: ‘Every year 75,000 young people are bullied for being gay. That’s one young person for every seat in the Millennium Stadium.

‘The support of the Wales squad in calling out bullying language sends a message to thousands of supporters that we all have a part to play in stopping bullying. It’s time we all speak up and stop being bystanders to abuse.’

Nigel Owens, International Rugby Referee said: ‘I’m pleased to see the reaction of the rugby community against homophobic and other harmful language. I believe we all have to call out this language for the damage that it does.

‘Recently comments were thrown at me as I was simply doing my job. I’d be lying if I said it didn’t affect me – you get disappointed and down, it gets to you. We are only human and when people say horrible things about you, it gets in your mind.

‘It’s a situation that too many people face in their own workplaces, schools and community. I won’t be a bystander to abuse and I hope that fans of the game will really get behind this campaign.’

WRU Group Chief Executive Roger Lewis said: ‘We are proud of the traditional values of rugby – of friendly camaraderie between players and supporters and also of respect towards players, fans and match officials. It is important we work hard to retain those values as they are genuine qualities of our national game and enable our sport to stand out from the crowd.‘

More information about Stonewall’s NoBystanders campaign can be found here www.nobystanders.org.uk

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Stonewall: ‘Don’t be a bystander’ this Anti-Bullying Week

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The campaign comes in response to shocking figures from Stonewall research that reveal more than 75,000 young people will be bullied this year simply for being gay, and 21,000 of these will attempt suicide. Homophobic bullying and abuse can have a devastating impact on young people’s self-esteem, with one in three gay pupils who experience homophobic bullying changing their plans for future education because of it.

The charity has sent Anti-Bullying Week education packs, which contain NoBystanders pledge posters and guidance on how to mark Anti-Bullying Week, to more than 1,000 schools and local authorities. 700 Stonewall Diversity Champions – who together employ more than six million people – have also been sent materials to help them tackle abuse in the workplace.

James Taylor, Stonewall’s Head of Policy, said: ‘This Anti-Bullying Week we’re asking individuals and groups to do their bit to tackle abuse and prejudice that still blights too many lives.

‘More than half of gay pupils experience verbal bullying and one in six experience physical abuse. People can show their support for the campaign by tweeting using #nobystanders and by ordering their free pin badge at nobystanders.org.uk.’

Stonewall will also be marking Anti-Bullying Week with a Twitter Q&A – using #InfoLineLive – dedicated to discussing bullying on Tuesday 18 November at 6pm

You can also hear from schools that have used the NoBystanders campaign effectively by visiting www.stonewall.org.uk/abw. Additional content will be shared throughout the week via Stonewall’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts (all @StonewallUK).

You can sign and share the NoBystanders pledge by visiting www.nobystanders.org.uk.

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Record number of employers looking for gay talent – Starting Out guide

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LGB students, graduates and jobseekers at the launch event – supported by Square Peg Media – networked and discussed potential careers prospects with over 300 Diversity Champions from across sectors including retail, local government and, for the first time, Property, Engineering and Construction.

Stonewall’s Chief Executive Ruth Hunt and Katie Cornhill, from Hampshire Fire and Rescue, both spoke at the launch event, held at ETC Venues in London.

Simon Feeke, Stonewall’s Director of Workplace said: ‘At Stonewall we know that people perform better when they can be themselves, and the Starting Out guide helps individuals to find an employer that will allow them to fulfil their potential. We’re really pleased with the 2014 edition, which welcomes new Diversity Champions including Teach First, British Gas, Telegraph Media Group and Leeds United Football Club.’

You can read Stonewall’s Starting Out guide online: www.startingoutguide.org.uk

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Stonewall launches new ‘coming out’ guidance for young people

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Stonewall’s Wayne Dhesi joined TOWIE’s Charlie King and the Daily Star’s James Ingham on This Morning to discuss the importance of coming out and some of the issues that young people still face.

Stonewall’s research shows that homophobic bullying remains endemic in British schools and that many young people still feel isolated and unsupported when coming out. Coming Out provides practical information on how to talk to friends and family as well as information on how to access support that is available across the country.

Wayne Dhesi, Stonewall’s Youth Coordinator, said: ‘Coming out can be a daunting and confusing time for young people. Our latest guidance addresses many of the common questions that this process presents in a positive and down-to-earth way that young people can relate to and understand.’

Stonewall’s Coming Out guide follows on from ‘So you think your child is gay?’ – a guide for parents who think their child might be lesbian, gay or bisexual. The new resource will be distributed to local authorities, schools, libraries and community and youth groups across Britain.

Coming Out: Answers to Some of the Questions You May Have can be downloaded from Stonewall’s website: www.stonewall.org.uk/comingoutguide

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Stonewall announces Ruth Hunt as new Chief Executive

(GayWebSource.com - Gay News & Press Network) - Posted by mysocalledgaylife.com Ruth Hunt has been Acting CEO of the charity since February this year and before that, was Deputy Chief Executive. She joined the charity in 2005 as a Senior Policy Officer, having begun her career at the Equality Challenge Unit. Her appointment concludes a comprehensive and transparent search, throwing up a strong set of candidates from which Ruth emerged as the clear winner. During her time at Stonewall, Ruth has been instrumental in developing Stonewall’s work to change hearts and minds – beyond legislative change – helping to establish a strong evidence base for activity and developing pioneering campaigns including Stonewall’s Education for All campaign. As Acting Chief Executive, Ruth has demonstrated her strong commitment to ensuring all LGBT communities, both here and abroad, are included and involved in Stonewall’s work going forward. Jan Gooding, Stonewall’s Chair of Trustees, said: ‘Ruth is an outstanding choice for Stonewall – a bold leader with a naturally collaborative approach and a clear vision. Stonewall is 25 this year and at an exciting time in its evolution. We are justifiably proud of our achievements in equal rights for lesbian, gay and bisexual people in the UK and now the charity is ready to begin a new chapter. Ruth has amply demonstrated that she has the right skills and experience to take us forward, helping us achieve real and lasting social change.’ Ruth Hunt said: ‘I’m delighted to have been given the opportunity to lead Stonewall, a highly-respected organisation that is synonymous with achieving equal rights for lesbian, gay and bisexual people. It is full of committed, intelligent and creative people and I am very pleased to be heading up such a talented team. ‘There are so many opportunities ahead, as well – of course – as challenges. I look forward to working with Stonewall’s many partners to develop what the team and my predecessors have already achieved, to advance equality and challenge discrimination both throughout the UK and abroad. These goals we share with the lesbian, gay and bisexual community and it’s fundamental that we work together to achieve them.’ Ruth Hunt will take over as Chief Executive immediately and succeeds Ben Summerskill, who stepped down from the post at the end of January 2014. Stonewall was set up in 1989 as a lobbying group to fight discrimination against lesbians, gay men and bisexual people. Since then, Stonewall has secured the most comprehensive legal rights in the world including marriage and adoption, as well as developing comprehensive programmes of work to achieve social change in spheres including education, health, employment, the criminal justice system and international equality. The post appeared first on MySoCalledGayLife.co.uk. Media Provided by the GayWebSource.com - Gay News & Press Network.
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Lesbian, gay and bisexual people grow older fearing discrimination and isolation

(GayWebSource.com - Gay News & Press Network) - Posted by mysocalledgaylife.com The YouGov polling shows that nearly half (48 per cent) of lesbian, gay and bisexual people fear discrimination when dealing with bereavement while more than half (55 per cent) of those over the age of 45 have no financial provision for their funeral. Shockingly, one in ten say they have experienced discrimination at a funeral or when arranging one. Those in the London and the North were most concerned about receiving poor treatment because of their sexual orientation. More Londoners than any other area believe they will face barriers when planning a funeral or in arranging end of life care. According to the study, family members and religious leaders were the most likely to discriminate against lesbian, gay and bisexual people. One in four (24 per cent) believe they would face barriers when planning a funeral, with almost a quarter (23 per cent) worried about being treated poorly by a funeral director when arranging a funeral. In response to these fears, a guide for lesbian, gay and bisexual people on planning for later life has been developed by Stonewall and The Co-operative Funeralcare. It offers helpful advice on the law, making financial provision, such as a will or purchasing a funeral plan, and offers tips on planning and arranging a funeral. Ruth Hunt, Acting Chief Executive of Stonewall, said; ‘Many older lesbian, gay and bisexual people grew up in a time when they were discriminated against and persecuted simply because of who they are. It’s therefore hardly surprising that so many feel reluctant to access services to help them plan for later life. ‘At Stonewall we know that we stand on the shoulders of a generation whose tireless work helped to change Britain and the world for the better. We now have a responsibility to make sure that they receive the help and support they deserve for themselves and their families. That is why we’re working with community groups and faith organisations to help make this a reality.’ George Tinning, Managing Director of The Co-operative Funeralcare, said: ‘Despite changes to the law to provide equal rights for people regardless of their sexual orientation and a perceived greater acceptance in society, it is clear from our research that barriers remain even in death. ‘The death of a loved one can be deeply distressing but at a time when people should expect sympathy and understanding, many gay people have faced poor treatment as a result of discrimination and this is simply unacceptable. ‘As well as producing a guide to offer helpful advice to customers, we are also providing guidance to our staff to ensure that we always offer the same care, guidance and support to all our clients.’ The full report can be found here: The post appeared first on MySoCalledGayLife.co.uk. Media Provided by the GayWebSource.com - Gay News & Press Network.
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