February is LGBT+ awareness month, here at Protest ES Ltd our doors are always open and we are always wanting to learn.
In spite of advances in law for fair rights and treatment, a lot of the LGBT+ community still face misunderstanding, negativity, discrimination and a lack of opportunity in and out of the workplace.
We believe these four key points can help us to be better co-workers.
It may be helpful to take five minutes this month to understand what it means for someone to identify as LGBT+ and the challenges that come with this. LGBT+ stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender with the “plus” standing for related communities.
Uncover your prejudice
It Is important to understand that we all have prejudices against this population. Often, they are knee-jerking assumptions that are learned through society and passed down over time.
The belief that “one category fits all” is wrong, we are all unique human beings. First you need to recognise your prejudice. After doing this you will then be able to understand and learn, in time helping those around you change their views.
Take a stand
Speak up, if you ever see or overhear a joke or comments related to the LGBT+ community. You can help set the example and tone for what is acceptable and what will be tolerated.
These actions in the workplace can help an LGBT+ member feel confident and secure.
Using gender neutral words such as referring to your employees as “team” instead of “guys” or “girls” can help to make all team members feel protected.
Making sure that you are being mindful of who is around will help to evoke best practice. To help others feel comfortable it may be helpful to specify your own preferred pronoun in an email or meeting.
Would you like to know more about how Protest ES Ltd can help protect your business, staff and visitors, thus keeping you safe and legally compliant with the latest regulations?
Please do not hesitate to contact us, by calling this number: 01604 696113 today or contacting: firstname.lastname@example.org