Pride is a time for us to reflect on the progress we’ve made towards LGBTQ+ equality, but it is also a time for us to acknowledge that we still have more to do. At Randstad, we recognise that everyone has a part to play, which is why no one has to wear a disguise and everyone can be their true self with us.

why it’s so important to change the narrative and challenge discrimination 

LGBTQ+ people still face unacceptable stigma and discrimination; we continue to see homophobia, biphobia and transphobia in the media and on social media. In the UK, we have seen great progress in legal and social reforms. From decriminalisation of homosexuality in the late 1960s, through to the liberation movements of the following decades. Towards almost full legal equality – with the advent of reforms including gender recognition, civil partnerships, equal marriage, anti-discrimination and equality laws.

There is however still much work to be done in terms of social reform. Stonewall estimates over 80% of hate crimes and hate incidents against LGBTQ+ people go unreported. Many same-sex partners are afraid to show affection, to even hold each other’s hands in public, fearing verbal and physical attack, or worse.

Research from Stonewall and the NHS shows that those from the LGBTQ+ community are disproportionately affected by mental health issues, anxiety and depression.

how we can make a difference

Everyone has a part to play in challenging discrimination and stigma whenever, and wherever, they see it. There is more you can do however. One step to take is to talk about issues that face the LGBTQ+ community. Opening a dialogue and learning more about issues that may not affect you personally is a big step in helping to change the narrative of discrimination.

Another is simply being accepting and supportive of the LGBTQ+ community. At Randstad, discrimination is not accepted in any form. We don’t want our people to wear a disguise when they work with us - we want them to be their full, true, authentic self. Throughout the month of Pride, our people will be sharing what love means to them and for the people they know and care about.

Love is love, no matter who it is.

If you want to be part of a truly accepting culture of talented people, you can find out more about our open roles by clicking below.