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ByJoanne Lockwood

Gender Identity: Are Trans People Taking Over?

Have you noticed how more and more people seem to be announcing their gender identity? There are more trans celebrities, more transgender roles in film and TV, and more debate about rights than ever before.

But what are the statistics?

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ByJoanne Lockwood

Glossary of LGBTQIA+ Terminology

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Glossary of LGBTQIA+ Terminology

This glossary provides definitions for key terms related to gender identity and sexual orientation. These terms are important for understanding the complex landscape of gender and sexuality.

Gender identity is the gender that a person sees themselves as. This can be different from the gender a person is assigned at birth. Sexual orientation is who a person is attracted to emotionally, romantically, and/or sexually.

There is a lot of diversity within the LGBTQIA+ community. This glossary provides definitions for some of the most common gender identities and sexual orientations. It is by no means a comprehensive list, but it can provide a starting point for further exploration.

TRIGGER WARNING:

Please note some of the words and phrases illustrated below are considered offensive or extremely problematic to many.

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ByJoanne Lockwood

Are we authentic in our support for the LGBTQIA+ community

Pride month is approaching fast, we are almost halfway through 2022 and this is the time where we will start to see organisation change their logos on social media to include the ‘rainbow’ and put out statements of support for Queer and LGBTQIA+ people – we see it every year, but do we stop to consider if it is authentic or simply ‘pinkwashing’

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ByJoanne Lockwood

Refugees enhance our workplace and society

It cannot escape any of us in regard to the tragic and inhumane scenes unfolding in Ukraine right now from the war instigated by Russia’s President Putin. The loss of life, the loss of culture, and people in their millions being displaced from their homes and country.

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ByJoanne Lockwood

Labels are fine for baked beans, but fail with people

Our identity, how we describe ourselves, the things we are proud about from our heritage and culture – all are important to us as individuals.

I am proudly a left-hander. It’s something I have been very conscious of for most of my life, having grown up in a world designed by right-handed people, for right-handed people.

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ByJoanne Lockwood

Common pitfalls of Employee Engagement Surveys that make them ineffective

We want to know what our colleagues and staff think of our organisation.  No doubt we are carrying out our Employee Engagement Surveys on an annual basis and getting somewhat useful information back – but are we really getting the insights we need to understand our culture and pulse of our organisation

Let us examine some of the pitfalls that organisations often fall into that limit the effectiveness of the survey and data that is fed back.

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ByJoanne Lockwood

Tolerance should not be taken to the extreme

We are starting to understand the negative impact social media is having on our lives – the ability of radical or extreme views to be shared without apparent consequence or restriction.

The impact that Facebook’s algorithms have in amplifying divisive content is better understood, and it has been known for a while that platforms such as Twitter allow people to hide with anonymity while promoting radical views that generate followers. Everyone can be an author, publisher and influencer from the comfort of their armchair, and we need to better understand who we can trust.

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ByJoanne Lockwood

Clean the toxic tank ere adding new fish

I was at an RAF reunion on Saturday evening in London. Having all long since gone our separate ways to build families and careers, we were a mixed bunch from diverse backgrounds and ethnicities, but predominantly straight, white, and male.

When working in diversity and inclusion it is easy to fall into the echo chamber where everyone has similar thoughts and beliefs around building an equitable society and workplace. What struck me about this cohort at the reunion was the difference of views to my own.

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ByJoanne Lockwood

It’s true: you can’t be what you can’t see

Right now, we are in a world of talent shortage – we can see this every day when we talk about the NHS, HGV drivers,and the hospitality industry.

We are also facing a huge skills gap in tech talent. This is not just programmers and engineers, but also supportive roles in sales, support, marketing, recruiters and administration. There is constant debate around trying to tap into under-represented and marginalised communities which are typically not engaged in this sector – why? Now that is a question to ponder.

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ByJoanne Lockwood

Diversity & Inclusion must go hand-in-hand for success

Time and again I am asked for all of the answers and to solve all the challenges facing organisations – that is, how to build and maintain a culture, and develop a diverse and inclusive workforce.

There is no magic bullet, no simple off-the-peg solution. It require some rolling up of the sleeves and hard work over a sustained period. Senior leadership and board members need to track this, just like any other metric in their business.

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SEE Change Happen: Transgender Awareness & Inclusion