Free Webinar - Building Equality LGBT+ Toolbox Talk

26 Jun
Friday 26th June 2020

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Building Equality, an alliance of construction organisations and professional Institutions, launched the LGBT+ Inclusive Toolbox Talk initiative to assist with educating and empowering our workforces. This webinar is for anyone who wants to learn about, or teach others, about LGBT+ inclusion in the workplace. The session aims to educate on the impact of discriminatory language and behaviour, provide an insight into LGBT rights and history as well as to encourage supportive workplaces where everyone is treated fairly and equally:

  • LGBT+ terminology: Learn the basics of LGBT+ terminology and be introduced to sexuality, gender identity and gender expression.
  • LGBT+ rights and history: An overview of key dates and milestones on how far the LGBT+ rights movement has come, or indeed not, over the last 50+ years.
  • Discrimination and microaggressions: The webinar will addresses the use of inappropriate language and discriminatory behaviour in the workplace, and the impact such prejudice can have on a person's physical and mental health
  • Be an Ally, not a Bystander: Take the pledge and understand the importance of being an ally - a person who supports equal civil rights, gender equality, LGBT social movements, and challenges homophobia, biphobia and transphobia

Speaker: Luke Ives

Social Value and I&D Coordinator, People & Places Solutions, EMEA, Jacobs

Luke is Social Value and Inclusion & Diversity Coordinator at Jacobs and also Communications Lead and Gay Rep for Jacobs LGBT+ Network, Prism. Luke also sits on the Executive Committee of Building Equality, an alliance of construction, engineering and built environment organisations working together and harnessing their collective power to drive LGBT+ inclusion in the industry. Luke recently became a Trustee of The Proud Trust, a life-saving and life-enhancing organisation that helps LGBT+ young people empower themselves, to make a positive change for themselves, and their communities.

Luke’s actions serve to create positive and inclusive workplaces, through creating safe environments for open discussions and encouraging engagement in developing, delivering and monitoring diversity and inclusion. His work for Building Equality has seen the network grow to encompass 50 organisations across nine UK regions. Luke has led on collaborative initiatives to drive LGBT+ inclusion and is progressing the conversation on sexuality and gender identity, while empowering allies to take a stand, through developing the award-winning Building Equality LGBT+ Inclusion Toolbox Talk, an interactive presentation aimed at promoting and educating on key LGBT+ issues. Alongside the Building Equality Poster Campaign, aimed at challenging misconceptions, microaggressions and inappropriate language and behaviour in the workplace..