In the 3 and a half years since then, we’ve held multiple events to educate our colleagues, social events for members, attended careers fairs and conferences, provided confidential advice and support, organised training and attended Prides, and much, much more. More than I ever dreamed we would in this time.
I remember that first Bristol Pride, it was our first big event and while we’d been given the funding, there were some that didn’t understand why we wanted to go so much – ‘surely everyone knows its fine to be gay and work here nowadays’, was something I heard several times.
The reactions from Bristol Pride were quite different, some people we met didn’t feel like it was a place they would be welcome. We needed to change that.
Three years on the LGBT+ community are no longer surprised to see us at Pride events, our visible involvement has encouraged individuals from increasingly diverse backgrounds to join DE&S.