It's Pride Month

10 June 2021

Fortus Team

Fortus Team

PRIDE MONTH’s an opportunity for all to seize, and reflect on how we can truly support our Lesbian, Gay, Transgender, Bisexual, Queer/Questioning, and Plus (LGTBQ+) colleagues and friends. How we can collectively contribute to creating a workplace environment and company culture, wherein we’re all able to be ourselves – our whole, unique and authentic selves, born out of respect and appreciation, for each other.

At Fortus, our company values reflect four key beliefs that we all hold and share, both as individuals and as a business.

WE’RE…

  • DISTINCTIVE
  • INCLUSIVE
  • VALUABLE
  • COURAGEOUS

As a company, we want to ensure every single one of our team can thrive at work, and know they will be seen and they will be heard, honestly and authentically.

#WeAreFortus. But what does that mean? It means we’re proud to be different. We’re proud to stand by your side, and drive and support a diverse and inclusive culture that celebrates and recognises all identities and origins. We’re a team who work together, with not just open minds, but also open hearts.

Given it’s 2021, the facts below still make for concerning reading. We all have a part to play in changing this, so, if you’d like to educate yourself more on the history of PRIDE and how it came to be what it stands for today, find out more here.


did you know?

  • Around one in fifteen people aged between 16-24 are LGB, making up one-third of the UK LGBTIQ+ community.
  • 6.3% of people aged 16 and over, don’t identify as being straight.
  • One in eight Trans employees responding to a recent survey said they had been attacked by a colleague or customer at work.
  • More than a third of LGBT staff (35%) have hidden that they’re LGBT at work for fear of discrimination.
  • Nearly two in five Bi people aren’t ‘out’ to anyone at work.
  • 12% of LGB people wouldn’t feel confident in reporting any homophobic or biphobic bullying to their employer. Whereas 21% of Trans people wouldn’t report transphobic bullying in the workplace.
  • Six times as many Trans people report being physically attacked at work than LGB people who aren’t.
  • 19% of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) LGBT employees and 16% of LGBT disabled employees report being denied jobs or promotions because of their identity, compared to 10% of LGBT people in general.
  • A third of LGBT staff witnessed negative comments or conduct directed towards another colleague perceived to be LGBT, within the last year.
  • One in six LGBT staff have been the target of negative comments or conduct from customers or clients at work in the last year because they are LGBT.
  • 35% of LGBT people looking for work are worried about being discriminated against or harassed at work due to their sexual orientation or gender identity.
  • One in seven LGBT people say they don’t feel able to be themselves at work. This increases to one in five for LGBT disabled people.
  • Almost one in ten Trans people don’t feel able to use the toilet they feel comfortable with.

Resources:

https://www.pinknews.co.uk/2021/05/27/lesbian-gay-bisexual-uk-office-national-statistics-annual-population-survey/
https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/culturalidentity/sexuality/bulletins/sexualidentityuk/2019
https://www.stonewall.org.uk/lgbt-britain-trans-report
https://www.stonewall.org.uk/lgbt-britain-work-report
https://www.stonewall.org.uk/system/files/lgbt_in_britain_work_report.pdf

 

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