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NPL flies the Rainbow Flag in support of LGBT+ community

To celebrate Pride month, the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) is, for the first time, flying the Rainbow Flag in support of our Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT+) staff and the LGBT+ community across the globe.

NPL flies the Rainbow Flag in support of LGBT  community

The Rainbow Flag, designed by Gilbert Baker, has been a symbol of pride for the LGBT community ever since it was first carried in the San Francisco Pride Parade of 1978.

And now, for the first time, NPL will also be flying the Rainbow Flag in support of the global LGBT+ community.

"This is a perfect time for us publically come out in support of LGBT+ equality and inclusion and to start flying the Rainbow Flag at NPL," says James Claverley, LGBT+ Diversity Champion at NPL.

"When I helped set up the NPL LGBT+ staff network two years ago, we immediately started working behind the scenes to help update NPL's policies and introduce a Transitioning at Work policy. We also engaged with NPL staff to help them to understand why we needed an LGBT+ staff network and the challenges faced by LGBT+ employees, especially those working in science, technology, engineering, and maths (STEM)."

James, who also been supporting the work and delivery of the Institute of Physics (IOP) Diversity and Inclusion Committee's Diversity Programme, continued: "After all this hard work, and now that we are also working externally to support LGBT+ equality and inclusion in STEM, now just feels like the right time to start flying the Rainbow Flag.

"Since 2016, we have participated in the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index and, using their framework and surveys, we have been able to monitor the improved the attitudes toward LGBT+ staff. Notably, we have seen an increase in the number of LGBT+ staff engaging with our staff network, and we have also seen an increase in the number of LGBT+ staff who are comfortable to be 'out' in the workplace."

As NPL continues its work in LGBT+ equality and inclusion, we are developing more ways to celebrate diversity, and also to visibly advertise our support.

We have recently started sponsoring and attending LGBT+ focused research events, such as the annual LGBTSTEMinar, working with the learned societies to champion LGBT+ inclusion in STEM professions, and supporting LGBT+ community careers events, such as Imagining Our Futures, by Gendered Intelligence.

NPL is also supporting The First International Day of LGBTQ+ People in STEM on 5 July, which supports LGBT+ people in STEM career who are struggling to be themselves out in the open.

Peter Thompson, CEO at NPL, said: "NPL flourishes on the diversity of its people, who we nurture and respect. This is a value which is at the core of our organisation. This is why we are flying the Rainbow Flag in celebration of LGBT+ Pride month.

"I am very proud to lead an organisation that is publicly coming out for LGBT+ equality and inclusion during Pride month 2018, and that has been doing such amazing work for the past two years to improve the support we give to our LGBT+ staff."

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Last Updated: 13 Jun 2018
Created: 13 Jun 2018

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