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20 JUN 2018

Industry pride for LGBT inclusion and diversity

Three working groups that actively celebrate and encourage a more diverse and inclusive property industry are taking part in this year’s Pride parades to champion the contribution the LGBT community makes to the sector, and encourage more equality in the built environment profession.

Marching for equality

Freehold, together with Changing the Face of Property (Property Needs You) will be taking part in London’s Pride Parade on 7 July.

Freehold is a networking forum for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender real estate professionals, whilst Property Needs you is a UK wide initiative that works with young people, parents, teachers and careers advisors to raise awareness of the career opportunities available for all in the property industry.

Over 70 members from across both groups will march together to raise awareness of LGBT issues within the industry, as well as to promote diversity and inclusion.

Championing LGBT inclusion and diversity

#BuildingEquality – an LGBT working group for those in construction – is taking part in London’s Pride Parade too, to promote and drive LGBT inclusion and diversity in the construction industry. Over 16 representatives from leading construction and development companies - including Arcadis, Arup, Balfour Beatty, BAM (Nuttall/Construct), Capita, Manchester Architects, Mott McDonald and Willmott Dixon  will march alongside an eye-catching rainbow JCB.

The group are also taking their rainbow digger to the Leeds Pride event on 5 August where they will march for the first time, and to Manchester’s Pride Parade on 25 August where they will take part for the second time.

Chair of #BuildingEquality Manchester Working Group, Luke Ives, at Balfour Beatty commented: “It’s so important that we demonstrate to people both inside and outside our industry that the LGBT community is making a real contribution to the property and construction sectors, and that it can be an industry where diversity is truly celebrated.

“We hope more professionals in the property and construction sectors will take part in the Pride Parades, or come along to offer support, as this will help to pave the way for a more inclusive industry, which will benefit everyone. After all, a more diverse team can give a better perspective on clients’ challenges and deliver better outcomes.”

LGBT Pride | Show your support

If you would like to join Freehold and Property Needs You at the London Pride parade or would like to find out more about their upcoming activities e:

To join #BuildingEquality at the London, Leeds or Manchester Pride events, or for further details on how you can get involved with #BuildingEquality e: