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18 Jun 2024



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Pride Month is a time for celebration and a reminder for the construction industry to come together to create an inclusive environment for all. However, showing support shouldn’t just happen once a year. In this blog post, we’re highlighting practical and impactful ways on how to become a stronger ally and promote inclusivity for the LGBTQ+ community all-year-long.


Transforming the industry: LGBTQ+ inclusivity in construction today

The construction industry, traditionally perceived as conservative and male-dominated, has made strides towards greater LGBTQ+ inclusivity. Companies are increasingly recognising the value of a diverse workforce and the importance of creating environments where all employees feel safe and respected. This transformation is evident in the growing number of LGBTQ+ networks and support groups within the industry, like Architecture LGBTQ+, InterEngineering and Building Equality, as well as in the implementation of policies aimed at promoting equality and combating discrimination.


Success stories: Highlight progress of LGBTQ+ pioneers

However, despite the progress made, LGBTQ+ individuals in construction still face significant challenges. Discrimination, cultural barriers, and mental health issues are prevalent, underscoring the need for ongoing efforts to create a truly inclusive industry. It is crucial for companies to continue to educate their workforce, implement robust anti-discrimination policies, and provide support for those facing mental health challenges. By addressing these issues head-on, the construction industry can move closer to being a place where all individuals, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity, can thrive.

Highlighting the success stories of LGBTQ+ individuals in the construction industry is also crucial for inspiring change and demonstrating what is possible. These pioneers have broken barriers, paving the way for future generations, such as Christina Leia Riley, Founder of Building Equality and Kat Parsons, Head of Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging UK&Ire, ISS A/S, D&I keynote speaker. By sharing their experiences, they offer valuable insights into overcoming challenges and achieving success in a traditionally non-inclusive industry. Their stories are testaments to the positive impact of diversity and the importance of fostering an inclusive environment where everyone can thrive.



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How to get involved

Here are several ways to make construction a more welcoming environment for LGBTQ+ members beyond Pride Month:

  • Support LGBTQ+ networks: Join or create support groups and networks within your company or community to provide a safe space for LGBTQ+ individuals.
  • Advocate for policies: Develop and implement policies that promote equality and prevent discrimination within the workplace.
  • Educate yourself and others: Participate in or organise training sessions on LGBTQ+ issues to raise awareness and foster a more inclusive workplace culture.
  • Celebrate diversity: Participate in Pride Month events and other diversity celebrations to show your support and solidarity.
  • Mentorship programme: Encourage and participate in mentorship programs that support LGBTQ+ employees in their career development.


Join the Conversation

As Pride Month draws to a close, it's crucial to reflect on our achievements and acknowledge the ongoing work ahead. By embracing the principles of equality, diversity, and inclusion, the UK construction industry can continue its evolution into a sector where every individual feels valued and respected. However, we are far from the end.

Here at UK Construction Week, we support all people from diverse backgrounds, genders, and sexual orientations each year across initiatives like the Culture Change Hub, where we are joined by diverse voices discussing pressing social topics across the sector.

Join in the conversation at UK Construction Week Birmingham from 1-3 October at the NEC.


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