Progress through technology
Technology has helped ensure significant progress in helping members of LGBTQ+ communities to assert their right to self-expression and equal rights in employment. Social media has helped to amplify and effect progressive change. And tools from dating apps to online communities have provided a platform for LGBTQ+ people to connect and campaign.
Yet despite the huge progress and legal change, discrimination against LGBTQ+ people continues, particularly in the workplace, and in processes like job interviews and job descriptions. Inclusion is not yet a given.
At Opencast we are working hard to become a more inclusive employer, including for LGBTQ+ people. We agree with Stonewall that "inclusion drives better individual, business and organisational outcomes". This thinking informed our decision last year to join the 850+ organisations creating LGBTQ+ inclusive workplaces as Stonewall champions.
We want all our employees to feel welcome, respected and represented in the workplace. Most recently, we have reviewed the inclusion statements that go with our recruitment advertising and also at our employment policies, including a new transitioning policy and an updated dignity at work policy.
Two other initiatives demonstrate our support for LGBTQ+ communities.