This week I celebrated 30 years of being an out gay man. In 1987 growing up gay in the suburbs it was relatively brave thing to do; the age of consent for gay men was 21 and there was no protection in law for me at work. So for years I maintained a multiple identity… Read More Unlocking your potential through peer-to-peer coaching
Yesterday (12 July 2017) Sir Andy Murray, the often criticised and proud Scot had to remind a journalist about ‘casual sexism’. It was a reference to that journalist’s comments that an American had reached a tennis semi-final for the first time since 2009. Andy corrected the journalist by reminding him he was only talking about… Read More The rise of casual homophobia and why it has to stop
Every organisation worth their salt knows that the greater the diversity of their workforce (at all levels) the better the decision making is. So follows the better the decision making, the more profitable the business. This is no stretch, it’s fact. But attracting talent from different backgrounds, cultures, sexualities, genders and so on is not… Read More Communications: The missing link in diversity
I never set out on a path to be different. At school it was beaten into us (sometimes quite literally) that boys were boys, we did boy things played football, rugby and did metalwork and technical drawing. Girls on the other hand played netball, did Home Economics and needlework. The world I grew up in… Read More When mainstreaming diversity matters the most
I’m very fortunate, during my time as Chair of OUTbound I have got to work with some great brands supporting projects that I felt very strongly about. Thankfully these brands understood that high profile projects supporting LGBT+ diversity actually makes good business sense. I’m even more gratified because raising that kind of cash from a… Read More Why community engagement not only makes good sense…but good business sense
As a gay man, I know where to get tested for HIV – it’s been part of my DNA since I was 21 back in the 1980’s. In those days you’d wait for a week to get tested in a sterile STD clinic (as they were known at the time), not very discrete and not… Read More Making a difference in your organisation: Why workplace HIV testing makes sense
What started with a simple tweet about whether London should have LGBT pedestrian signals like they do in Vienna, ended up in my lap as a request from London’s new Mayor – Sadiq Khan – to make happen for this year’s Pride in London festival. Me and my big mouth. This actually goes back a… Read More How London signalled LGBT diversity
Back in 2005 Transport for London launched their staff network groups, I remember it well. I’d been in the job about 10 months and had been actively looking to see if LGBT matters were on TfL’s staff priority list. Although I’m comfortable with my own sexuality, I wanted to connect with other like-minded people at work.… Read More The importance of staff networks – who cares?
Accused of being a gimmick, working with homophobes and caught up in probably the UK’s most heavily scrutinised company – why would you bother even to embark on something like this? I’d started to write this blog yesterday (11 August 2015) I wrote, and rewrote the ‘bounce’ but just couldn’t feel the blog working and… Read More #RidewithPride – community engagement or clever marketing?
It all started with a rainbow crossing. Everybody told me that it couldn’t be done, it would never be legal and I’d never get it on a road in London. But I did – and it nearly went so horribly wrong. I maintain to this day that this is probably the hardest thing I’ve ever… Read More A rainbow crossing in London – how hard could that be?