This week I travelled up to sunny (but cold!) Yorkshire as part of my ongoing work with Diversity Role Models. This is a charity which aims to reduce homophobia in schools across the UK through education. There, I partook in several workshops with pupils aged 16-18 to discuss gender/sexuality. I was thrilled to discover an amazing understanding of the LGBT+* community and a very supportive, friendly learning environment. That discovery was certainly refreshing as sometimes the topic gets a less than warm reception (!). As part of the workshop I gave a brief account of my own ‘real-life’ experiences and in particular, how I am lucky to have never experienced any discrimination in my career due to my sexuality. This fact makes me very proud to work for Initiative and the wider IPG Mediabrands network. However, others in our industry may be less fortunate and I applaud the laudable efforts of Stonewall in tackling corporate LGBT+ discrimination and encourage anyone interested to check out the latest workplace equality index survey here.
*Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender & Others