Pride month

Pride month 2022

With 50 years having passed since the first UK Pride took place in 1972, two years after the first ever Pride that took place in New York City, this is a significant moment for the Pride movement and the LGBTIQ+ community. As a firm we are committed to creating an inclusive environment for our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ+) people. We celebrate the achievements that have been made and to challenge the issues still faced by the LGBTIQ+ community.

Pride is a celebration of what it means to be a member of the LGBTIQ+ community, both as someone who identifies as LGBTIQ+ or as an ally. But Pride is also about visibility, understanding and acceptance – a time to start conversations, ask questions and share stories.

Throughout June we will share our stories, hearing directly from our Pride and Pride Allies around the world on their experiences in the workplace and beyond.

When speaking about your personal life with colleagues, I think people should be encouraged to use non-gendered language when asking questions, such as referring to a partner, rather than wife, husband, boyfriend, girlfriend etc. It feels more open minded and starts you both off on the right foot by not assuming that the person you are speaking to is straight. It also avoids placing the responsibility on the LGBTIQ+ individual to have to correct the other person. Less awkwardness and more open mindedness all round!- Lucy Heenan, Trainee Solicitor, London
It is important for people to learn to call out microagressions, either on behalf of themselves or others, when those things are happening. It is too easy to be quiet when we should be intervening to challenge poor behaviour.Laura Hodgson, Knowledge Director - Advisory, London

Perspectives

Some of our colleagues share their personal stories and experiences on our diversity and inclusion blog, Perspectives.

Pride and Pride Allies network

Our global Pride network engages LGBTIQ+ employees and partners across all of our offices. We currently have active chapters in the US, Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Singapore, the UK and South Africa.

Pride contributes to our diversity and inclusion agenda by encouraging the recruitment, retention and professional development of LGBTIQ+ talent, providing guidance on LGBTIQ+ inclusive policies and identifying opportunities to participate in volunteering and pro bono initiatives which support the LGBTIQ+ community. Pride has also helped us to develop and strengthen relationships with clients through their own LGBTIQ+ networks.

We are committed to creating an inclusive environment for our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ+) people. We have developed and implemented LGBTIQ+ inclusive policies and resources, including toolkits to help managers understand the challenges that an LGBTIQ+ team member may face and the support they can offer.

More about D&I at Norton Rose Fulbright

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