March 26, 2012
Being open about sexual orientation is still not common place. Recent report by the Social Cultural Planning Office (SCP) in The Netherlands reveals: over 25% of all LGBT’s dat to deal with negative reactions because of their sexual orientation. At work, 14% of the men and 5% of the women reported negative reactions over the past year. As the international platform for LGBT inclusion at work, Workplace Pride is working hard to improve this.
One of its initiatives, the ‘Declaration of Amsterdam’, a ten point action plan, now signed by eleven large organisations, is a practical tool to etablish a safe and inclusive workplace LGBT ‘s.
Publicly known people have another, powerful way of improving the position of LGBT’s worldwide. Take the time to watch Hillary Clinton’s Human Right’s Day speech In Geneva on December 6th last year. Or, as an even more recent example, listen to UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon’s view on LGBT rights. His speech ‘The Time Has Come’ of 7 March 2012 leaves little room for those not accepting this change to happen for all LGBT people, wherever they are.
March 5, 2012
Workplace Pride Volunteers, Simone de Ruyter, Amin Michel and Brian Yothers were highlighted in an article in the mainstream Dutch newspaper ‘De Telegraph’ on Saturday, 3 March.
- Simone, Leader of the Leiden University LGBT student network points out that she maintains two CV’s; one for an LGBT-friendly workplace, and one for organizations in which it is unclear how they deal with LGBT employees.
- Amin, Leader of Dutch Government Pride Platform relates a situation in which a transgender employee recently had to be transferred from a Dutch ministry to another post because their life was being threatened.
- Brian, Leader of the Cisco LGBT employee network in Europe, recounts how he is unable to work in other countries because his marriage will not be recognized.
Workplace pride congratulates Simone, Amin and Brian for having the courage to tell their stories in the largest-circulation newspaper in the Netherlands with 2,6 million readers! This is equivalent to 15% of the Dutch population. These types of testimonials highlight the continuing need for visiblity on LGBT workplace issues.