Posted: 21 February 2019

Celebrating LGBT History Month

The theme of this year's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans (LGBT) History Month is Peace, Activism and Reconciliation.

To celebrate, we talked to two of our Retail Shop Managers about how they demonstrate the spirit of diversity, equality and inclusion in our shops. 

Painting the shops all colours of the rainbow

Last summer, to celebrate Pride, Chloe and Allan went above and beyond to transform our Hillsborough and St. Albans shops into bright beacons of rainbow colours and hope on the high street.

"Every person should be proud of their uniqueness" - Chloe

Chloe says, 'as I am part of the LGBT community, I am very aware of the changing times in how the world is seeing us. However, there is still some stigma and negativity around the subject matter and there are still children, teens and young adults being bullied and made to feel like they are not normal or accepted among society today.

As I was proudly putting my bright rainbow flag up with accompanying bunting and poster I couldn’t help but think, ‘this is for you kids, be proud to be you.'

I now have regular gay customers and members of the trans community shopping in my store. It has opened my shop up to a new demographic of customer and they feel safe to shop without judgement which let’s face it, don’t we all want that?'

"To be able to celebrate Pride in my workplace was truly amazing" - Allan

Allan says 'I have never felt comfortable or indeed been allowed to do so anywhere else! It is refreshing to freely be who and what I am without reproach. and I'm looking forward to next year's celebrations already.'

Shop manager Pride Festival

Celebrating inclusion and diversity across the country

Shop Managers, Allan and Chloe have demonstrated that real progress is being made and we are moving in the right direction.

Our commitment to diversity and inclusion is central to our vision of a country free from disadvantage. Far too many children and young people face daily challenges on the basis of their personal characteristics. Our Single Equality Scheme details how we will embed our commitment to diversity and inclusion across the entire organisation. 

Want to join the fun? Why not volunteer in one of our 100 high street shops this year - Volunteer with us.

 

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