How can a business support the LGBTQ+ community?

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  1. Iguana

    Iguana To take your word, I had to steal it

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    As the only out gay at my workplace (out of 175 people!), I have the honour of being asked to join our newly-created Diversity Committee as the token gay.

    They're apparently keen to attract more LGBTQ+ employees, or at least make it clear it's a safe space to come out. I think the best way of doing that is by showing support of appropriate causes. It is a business so it's all quite cynical, but I may as well try to make something positive out of it.

    I wondered whether anyone had any ideas about how a medium-sized business can support the LGBTQ+ community, particularly during lockdown? I have a friend whose work put on a London Pride event and join in the parade with banners, but that's not going to happen during the pandemic and I question how helpful it really is.

    Any ideas welcome. I will of course steal them to progress me career (as if providing diversity ideas helps one's career...)
     
  2. Lucille

    Lucille Sniffing in the VIP area

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    How are the ONLY ONE!? I work for a company with 3 people and I’m not the only one.
     
  3. Iguana

    Iguana To take your word, I had to steal it

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    The only out one, anyway. I'm known as the gay one
     
  4. Iguana

    Iguana To take your word, I had to steal it

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    (I'm not really known as the gay one, I don't think, but they made it sound like that when they invited me to join the committee and asked me why I thought other people hadn't come out)
     
  5. Lucille

    Lucille Sniffing in the VIP area

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    MAYBE START WITH THIS!
     
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    Tetris-Rock one of those "they/thems"

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  7. lolly

    lolly Rowena? From Kuwait?

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    Oh to be the only one and have the WHIFF of EXOTICA about me

    It's ten a penny in our place
     
  8. Sheena

    Sheena MAKE IT QUICK, LUCILLE!

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    I was told on the day I joined my new job I was "NOT THE ONLY ONE" and I spent a whole week fantasising about CUTE BEARDED ADMIN BOY and HOT TECHY GEEK GUY only to find over breakfast at my hotel on my third day there that I was sharing my WEETABIX with a LIPSTICK LEZ.

    Fuming.
     
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  9. Iguana

    Iguana To take your word, I had to steal it

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    Good call! Thanks TR, I will take a look
     
  10. Star

    Star Homo Secretary (OB)

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    Yours are all vegan lesbains though right?
     
  11. lolly

    lolly Rowena? From Kuwait?

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    Oh DON'T

    that team day next week had a BRING A VEGETABLE FOR LUNCH, which were all going to be boiled or roasted and blended into soup for lunch.

    Then there was a ZOOM ROW when someone asked if they could bring chicken for the meat eaters

    That was my third day back after being off sick for a month, so I just went back to WEAVING MY YOGHURT and KEPT WELL BUTTONED
     
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    lolly Rowena? From Kuwait?

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    Glory holes in the toilets
     
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  14. Sheena

    Sheena MAKE IT QUICK, LUCILLE!

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    Fists across America
     
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  15. Beryl

    Beryl Boy stop, step awaaaaay.

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    A very simple and completely inexpensive way I’d suggest is adding pronouns to your email signature.

    I have no idea what the business you work in is, but it’s something my last two organisations have done, completely unenforced - just given the option to and made clear it’s welcomed if staff want to.

    It’s gone down well and a few new starters have said how progressive it is and their old organisation would never, etc.
     
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  16. Beryl

    Beryl Boy stop, step awaaaaay.

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  17. lolly

    lolly Rowena? From Kuwait?

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    All our policies have been rewritten this year, and pretty much all gendered language has been removed.
     
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    Iguana To take your word, I had to steal it

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    This is very interesting and I knew nothing about it. Thank you!
     
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