As thousands celebrated LGBT people at the annual Pride parade in London last weekend, we asked some of our colleagues why they’re proud to be an ally.
Thank you to everyone who joined us at Pride. The annual event through central London is the biggest LGBT parade in the UK and once again Lendlease marched alongside other construction and infrastructure companies under the banner #BuildingEquality.
It was a fantastic day for all involved and highlighted what being an ally is all about. Here are just a few of our LGBT employees and allies who share what Pride means to them:
Anita Mitchell, Head of Sustainability “Pride to me is about being able to be open about who I am, who my partner is and the life we share together, it is wonderful that I feel like I belong and that our difference is celebrated, not just tolerated.”
Davinder Chaggar, Social & Economic Development Manager, “It's hard to know that discrimination still exists in communities, both here and across the globe. That's why Pride is so important for me - we have to stand together to show that we no longer tolerate inequality and mistreatment of LGBT+ people.”
Georgina Scott, Commercial Finance Director “Pride to me means celebrating our differences through unity. Our Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) network works with employees across business areas and with our business leaders to ensure we create an environment which supports our LGBT employees.
“It was established in 2015 and we offer support and advice to all Lendlease staff on LGBT+ issues - so whether you're LGBT+ yourself, an ally, or just want to know more, we're here to help so do get in touch LGBTEurope@lendlease.com.”
Ian Shepherd, Lead Production Manager “We all need allies. From moral support to a hug when times are hard, allies are there to help us through the rough patches and give us strength. They’re especially important for LGBT colleagues who might not always feel comfortable to bring their whole self to work. This is why I’m proud to be an active ally, taking specific and purposeful actions to support my LGBT co-workers. This is essential if we want to achieve true equality and real inclusion, regardless of people’s background.”
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