ParliOUT, the Workplace Equality Network (WEN) in support of LGBTIQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersexual, and questioning) people in Parliament, has been named as one of the UK's 'Awesome Networks' by Inclusive Networks. This is the second accolade within five months that ParliOUT has been awarded.
Inclusive Networks is a hub for celebrating diversity and inclusion and has named 40 network groups of all types and from all sectors for its inaugural awards. The awards aim to celebrate the positive impact of network groups such as ParliOUT and also to thank those people who coordinate the networks, often in addition to their day jobs.
Jenny Radcliffe and Martin Smith, Co-Chairs of the ParliOUT Workplace Equality Network said:
“We are absolutely delighted that ParliOUT has been named as one of the inaugural Awesome Networks! The ParliOUT Committee are passionate about supporting LGBTIQ people and allies in Parliament, and we are working to make LGBTIQ role models more visible and accessible across the organisation. We also provide a welcoming social forum and informal support network. Thank you very much to anyone that nominated us.”
In October 2014 ParliOUT was also named as the Best Employee Network by Pink News.
ParliOUT provides a welcoming social forum and informal support network for people from across Parliament. Alongside Parliament’s other Workplace Equality Networks (ParliREACH, Parliagender and ParliAble), ParliOUT strives to create a supportive and inclusive working environment by providing support, guidance, educational and networking opportunities to all staff and Members of both Houses of Parliament.
Since the Network was founded in December 2010 it has hosted many different events from film screenings to guest speaker events on subjects as diverse as Coming Out at Work through to Transgender People in the Workplace. ParliOUT also launched its own advice and guidance service which can offer confidential advice to anyone working in Parliament regardless of sexual orientation or job role. In the last 12 months, they have launched their Twitter channel and facilitated a leadership programme for LGBT people.
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