Celebrating LGBTQ+ History Month: Representation in Leadership

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As LGBTQ+ History Month rounds to a close, we asked our Head of Customer Success and Account Management at Guider, Lauren Hudson to speak about her experience as an LGBTQ+ Woman in leadership. Within this article, Lauren shares historical insights intertwined with her own experiences throughout her professional career, providing a personable and inspiring insight into the importance of representation in all aspects of life.  

The importance of LGBTQ+ representation in Leadership by Lauren Hudson

Representation in Leadership 

As a female leader in tech and a proud member of the LGBTQ+ community, I’ve had firsthand experience of what it means to be a gay female in business. We’ve come a long way in the last few decades, and even since the early 2000’s as a society, I’d like to think we’re actively more inclusive and accepting.

The importance of representation and visibility for lesbian leaders is vital and helps shape advocacy and leadership within companies. Companies play a pivotal role in promoting inclusivity and diversity. 35% of LGBTQ+ staff have hidden their sexuality at work for fear of discrimination and 12% of trans people have been physically attacked by customers or colleagues because of being trans (Stonewall).

Companies have a duty of care to ensure that their employees are accepted, supported and celebrated. So how can you, as a company, help to ensure you are truly embracing diversity across the workplace? Here are some pieces of practical advice your organisation can look to implement.

Training and education:

Do your training resources include programmes specifically to address inclusivity and LGBTQ+ biases? Ensure this is the case and you’re proactively providing resources for employees so they can educate themselves about LGBTQ+ history, terminology and best practices for inclusion.

Inclusive policies:

Offer comprehensive healthcare benefits that cover gender-affirming procedures and mental health support. Make sure you are providing equal opportunities for career advancement and professional development regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. Support LGBTQ+ families by providing benefits that cover same-sex partners and children. 

Diverse leadership:

If your leadership team are all suspiciously similar to one another in gender, race, sexuality, you might want to rethink this so that LGBTQ+ people have a seat at the table. Everything filters from the top, so without these people in your leadership team, it’s unlikely that the rest of the company is living and breathing diversity.

Zero tolerance:

Ensure you have a zero tolerance policy for discrimination and harassment based on sexual orientation or gender identity. By providing clear channels for reporting discrimination, this will ensure that complaints are taken seriously and proactively addressed.

It’s important to consider these practices all year round, not only as part of LGBTQ+ History Month. But now is a great time to start and ensure your company is contributing positively to the LGBTQ+ community.

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