Stonewall breaks barriers at QEII

Senior
business leaders, HR and diversity professionals and LGBT staff took part in
the Stonewall Workplace Conference at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre
in Westminster on Friday (April 17).

It was the
biggest conference the pressure group has organised in the UK, with more than 750 people
attending from the public, private and third sectors.

A
spokesman from Stonewall said the conference highlighted the fact that 
people perform better when they can be themselves.

Research
has revealed that one in five lesbian, gay and bisexual people still experience
bullying and harassment at work; 26 percent of lesbian, gay and bisexual
workers are not at all open about their sexual orientation at work; and 1 in 8
lesbian, gay and bisexual employees would not feel confident reporting
homophobic and biphobic bullying in their workplace.

The
spokesman said: “Over the last 12 years we have supported, and will continue to
support, over 700 leading employers to create environments where their lesbian,
gay, bisexual and trans staff can bring their whole selves to work and achieve
their full potential.

“The
annual Stonewall Workplace Conference brings together hundreds of organisations
to share the latest innovative thinking to advance equality for LGBT people in
the workplace, enable organisations to tackle discrimination both in Britain
and worldwide, and promote best practice and innovation to enable organisations
to create high performing workplaces.”

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