The Evolution of Pride and Its Impact on the Workplace
In the more than 50 years since the first Pride event, the movement has evolved from a protest into a party, from an act of defiance into a global celebration of diversity. During the month of June, the Pride flag is flown on countless public buildings and in businesses, illustrating just how far we have come as a society. However, it is important to acknowledge that while LGBTQ+ persons are celebrated and appreciated, being out in the workplace can still be a challenge for some individuals.
The Benefits of Inclusivity in the Business World
A company with a firm commitment to equality creates a sense of belonging, where individuals are empowered to reach their full potential on a personal as well as professional basis. According to a 2020 report by McKinsey, companies that lead the way on gender diversity are 25 per cent more likely to have above-average profitability. But there is still much progress to be made, as studies show that LGBTQ+ individuals continue to face unique challenges in their working lives.
Top LGBTQ+ Friendly Employers of 2023
Stonewall, one of the leading advocacy groups for LGBTQ+ people in the UK and beyond, has published its Top 100 Employers for 2023. This list highlights companies and organisations with policies and practices that directly and indirectly support the LGBTQ+ community in various ways. Companies featured on this list include KPMG, Citi, HSBC, and Amazon, which offer a range of diverse job opportunities. Whether you’re seeking a career in finance, technology, or other industries, working for an inclusive employer can positively impact your professional and personal life.