October 12, 2016
Participation of lesbian, bisexual and transgender women in LGBT networks and organizations is essential to having our networks and workplaces fully reflect the diversity of our community. Yet often LGBT women are not as visible as LGBT men in LGBT networks and companies. When all the LGBT colleagues are male and all the women are heterosexual, LGBT woman can experience isolation and lack of support. This can be because they are not out to their colleagues or because they are the only openly LGBT woman in their work environment.
The Women@WorkplacePride program was initiated by women in Workplace Pride member organizations to provide a platform for lesbian, bisexual and transgender women to meet, share and learn from one another. By organizing activities relevant to LGBT women, Women@WorkplacePride aims to support LGBT women in their work settings, promote leadership of LGBT women and ensure that topics important to LGBT women are an integral part of Workplace Pride’s programs.
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Women@WorkplacePride was launched on Coming Out Day, 11 October 2016, by the Dutch Minister of Education, Culture and Science, Jet Bussemaker, at an event sponsored by the Gemeente Den Haag. Prior to the launch a number of events were held with women from Workplace Pride member companies to look at how to create a sustainable program for LGBT women in the workplace. A well-attended workshop was also held in July at the 2016 Workplace Pride conference which explored LGBT women role models and how LGBT women inspire others to be their authentic selves.
Interested in knowing more about Women@WorkplacePride? Visit the Workplace Pride website or contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Editor’s note: Photography by © Fleur Beemster