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As we celebrate Pride Month, a time of inclusivity, love, and acceptance, it is crucial to address the rising hate and discrimination that continue to afflict the LGBTQIA+ community. 

While progress has undeniably been made, recent events and the alarming increase in online hostility especially in recent years emphasise the urgent need to amplify our efforts for equality, diversity, and inclusion.


Celebrating Pride Month and Confronting Discrimination

Creating Safer Spaces

At CTI, we pride ourselves on fostering a workplace culture that embraces diversity and supports every individual, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. We recognise the importance of creating safe spaces where everyone can thrive authentically. 

However, we cannot ignore the hostile environment that still plagues many LGBTQIA+ individuals, particularly the transgender community.


The Threat to the Trans Community

As an openly-gay woman and a trans-ally, I, like the rest of the LGBTQIA+ community, am deeply troubled by the recent news in the last few days as gender critical and anti-trans groups have bullied Oxfam into deleting a Pride video highlighting awareness for the safety and protection of LGBTQIA+ communities. 

Unfortunately, this display of solidarity faced fierce opposition from gender critical and anti-trans groups. Instead of promoting awareness campaigns that foster inclusivity and understanding, some media outlets choose to amplify and legitimise these discriminatory voices positioning the campaigns as hateful towards gender critical and anti-trans groups.

This incident serves as a stark reminder of the relentless discrimination faced by the transgender, non-binary and gender non-conforming communities. These individuals often experience elevated levels of violence, harassment, and marginalisation, both online and offline. By standing against these destructive ideologies and promoting acceptance, we can strive to create a safer, more inclusive world for all.


Alarming Statistics

Discrimination against LGBTQIA+ individuals extends to the workplace, hindering progress and stifling individual potential. Consider these statistics:

  1. According to Trade Union Congress (TUC), 1 in 5 workplaces do not have any policies to support LGBTQIA+ staff.
  2. In the same survey, it was noted that only half of UK workplaces have a policy banning LGBTQIA+ discrimination and harassment.
  3. In a research report by CIPD, found that 40% of LGBTQIA+ workers and 55% of trans workers have experienced workplace conflict and harassment.
  4. In the same survey, CIPD highlighted that 16% of LGBTQIA+ workers feel psychologically unsafe in the workplace, while this figure was even higher for trans workers at 18%.

These figures highlight the challenges faced by LGBTQIA+ individuals within professional settings. It is imperative that we work together to create an environment where everyone feels valued and supported.


Moving Forward

At CTI, we believe that celebrating Pride Month goes beyond mere symbolic gestures such as adding rainbow colours to a company logo. It requires real action, education, and ongoing commitment. As a company, we strive to:

  1. Continue fostering an inclusive workplace culture where all voices are heard and respected.
  2. Actively promote equality, diversity and inclusion by implementing initiatives all year round educating employees about EDI as well as LGBTQIA+ issues and allyship.
  3. Collaborate with LGBTQIA+ employees to create meaningful change and support ongoing initiatives in the workplace.



Pride Month serves as a reminder that love is love, and every individual deserves to be embraced and celebrated for who they are. Together, we must confront discrimination, combat hate, and amplify the voices of those marginalised within the LGBTQIA+ community. 

By taking a stand against homophobia, transphobia and other types of discrimination, we can build a world that embraces diversity, fosters inclusion, and ensures equality for all.


Why not read more from our LGBTQIA+ members on their views and experiences? Read Freddie's take on Enhancing LGBTQIA+ Allyship for Lasting Impact and why Arron is celebrating Pride Month.

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