HSE LGBT+ Network
HSE LGBT+ Network
Prior to 2017, the LGBT+ network’s activity was relatively low key and limited to poster campaigns, primarily because it was led by resource constrained inspectors organised within a small executive committee. In 2019, LGBT+ was able to broaden its base to raise the profile of the network by organising a regular programme of face to face events delivered by high profile external speakers who are pioneers in their field including President of Royal Society of Chemistry; Youtuber Oli Pike, and the founder of LGBT Construct.
From 2017- 2020, HSE’s LGBT+ ally list has substantially grown from 8 colleagues to 90. LGBT+ played a leading role in HSE’s national “all colleague” event’s roadshow organised by Communications and HR to improve staff engagement. This resulted in greater awareness of the LGBT+ network and increased take up of lanyards and provision of information about how to discuss LGBT+ issues at work.
LGBT+ network established a network of regional representatives across HSE offices nationwide, offering essential advice, guidance and signposting as well as offering eyes and ears on the ground about local issues. This contains information about upcoming events, national and regional organisations such as local LGBT groups as well as resources highlighting contemporary issues within LGBT+ communities .
The leadership team presented to the HSE board and gained endorsement for high visibility communications campaigns which have been a hallmark of the LGBT+ network’s success in raising its profile. Colleagues are actively encouraged to display the rainbow lanyard as a sign of allyship. HSE headquarters are regularly illuminated to mark events in the LGBT+ calendar and Pride Flags are displayed within offices alongside eyecatching displays. Being LGBT+ is often an invisible characteristic so it is important to make colleagues aware of these issues even when nobody is ‘out’ in an office.