This programme is designed to give you the tools and confidence to advance LGBT inclusion in your organisation.
Sessions are arranged into four best practice streams to help you plan your day. However, delegates are free to choose any combination of sessions.
All sessions are interactive workshops, which will give you the chance to hear from Stonewall inclusion experts and guest speakers.
You must choose two sessions from any stream, one A session and one B session. Session registration will open in October and delegates who have booked will be notified by email and asked to select their sessions.
- Understanding and celebrating identities
A1: Understanding and championing bi identities in the workplace
Stonewall’s LGBT in Britain - Work Report showed that 38% of bi people aren’t out to anyone at work about their sexual orientation, and that they are often underrepresented in workplace LGBT inclusion initiatives. This session will introduce practical steps to assess bi inclusion in your organisation and implement measures to ensure more bi staff are able to reach their potential.
- Understand bi identities and develop the confidence to articulate the need for bi visibility and inclusion in the workplace
- Gain insight into the challenges faced by bi people at work and the effect that this can have
- Learn practical tips from organisations that have taken steps to make their workplaces more inclusive of bi people.
B1: Understanding the experiences of LGBT disabled people (discussion)
There remains a distinct lack of understanding about the experiences of people who are both LGBT and disabled. This means that many workplaces are not accessible to, and cannot retain, talented people and create space for them to achieve their potential. During this session, speakers will share their experiences and expertise to help you identify how to best include and celebrate LGBT disabled people in your organisation.
- Hear expertise from people who are both LGBT and disabled, and learn more about some of the specific challenges they face in the workplace
- Understand the importance of platforming and celebrating LGBT disabled people, and engaging allies in your organisation and networks
- Share ideas on practical steps you can take to ensure your workplace is inclusive of LGBT disabled people
- Supporting your staff
A2: Supporting the mental health and wellbeing of your LGBT employees
Research shows that LGBT people disproportionately experience mental health problems compared to non-LGBT people. In this inspirational session organisations and individuals will share their experience and expertise to help you encourage discussions around mental health and identify ways to promote positive wellbeing in the workplace.
- Understand individual experiences of mental health in relation to sexual orientation and/or gender identity
- Explore how to challenge the stigma surrounding mental health issues in order to promote open dialogue
- Consider the practical steps organisations can take to support the mental wellbeing of all staff
B2: Creating workplaces that are inclusive of BAME LGBT people
LGBT black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) people can face distinct challenges due to their intersectional identities. This session will explore the experiences of BAME LGBT people in the workplace to give you the skills and confidence to advocate for, and implement, more inclusive working practices by engaging all staff, customers and service users, as well as supporting and profiling diverse role models.
- Understand the experiences of BAME LGBT people in the workplace and beyond
- Share ideas on how to proactively involve BAME people and promote their experiences through your organisation’s LGBT inclusion initiatives
- Learn how to empower and platform BAME role models and engage allies in an effective and meaningful way
- Network groups
A3: Recruiting and supporting diverse network group membership
The best LGBT network groups provide advice, support and advocacy for all members of the LGBT community and their allies. However, many networks struggle to recruit members from a diverse range of backgrounds and engage them in leadership positions. In this session you’ll learn best practice from our experts to ensure your network groups is representative and supportive of the whole LGBT community.
- Understand the barriers preventing everyone from joining LGBT network groups and taking up leadership positions and consider ways to address them
- Gain insight into the best-practice approach to creating a truly inclusive LGBT network group
- Explore how to partner with other network groups and external organisations to better represent the diversity of the LGBT community as a network group.
B3: Engaging allies in LGBT network group activities
Engaging non-LGBT allies in network group activities is an effective way of engaging more of the organisation in LGBT inclusion. This session will explore how best to take a structured approach in establishing and maintaining an allies network that can create sustainable change in your organisation. You’ll hear from successful organisations on how to build your network, engage new members and run creative engagement and educational activities.
- Understand the value of engaging allies in LGBT network group activities
- Learn how to engage new members from across your organisation and how to work with them to achieve your goals
- Gain ideas on how to educate and motivate allies in your network to work to create a more inclusive culture
- Expanding your reach
A4: Meaningful Action on a Budget
Organisations are facing significant resource challenges which can hit LGBT inclusion work hard. Despite these challenges many organisations are using creative approaches to remain leaders in LGBT inclusion. Through this facilitated interactive session you will develop new ideas and work through existing challenges with other leading organisations and Stonewall inclusion experts.
- Understand innovative ideas and approaches that organisations have used to achieve results with limited resources
- Explore how small actions and joined up working can create meaningful and sustainable change
- Address some of the real challenges you are facing in a supportive environment in order to create a framework to overcome them
B4: Empowering all staff to champion trans inclusion
To create a truly inclusive workplace all staff must have the knowledge and confidence to understand the challenges trans people face and be empowered to act to create a more inclusive culture. This session will explore how to use methods such as training, events and all-staff comms to ensure that all staff are active allies to trans people
- Understand the specific challenges trans people face in the workplace and how you can articulate the importance of trans-specific work
- Identify areas where you can improve on pre-existing structures to ensure that they are trans inclusive Share and create plans for new projects that you can launch in your organisation to ensure the engagement of all staff