After being named the top performing police service in the UK in the recent Stonewall Workplace Equality Index, Norfolk Constabulary is helping to increase the visibility of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in our community by supporting a month-long awareness campaign in February.
LGBT History Month aims to promote equality and diversity amongst the public by celebrating LGBT history, lives and experiences.
A series of events will see the Constabulary’s Diversity Team, members of the Independent Advisory Group (IAG) and the LGBT community hosting four interactive sessions on LGBT history and the police commitment to ensuring all LGBT people feel safe and confident in reporting to us.
The sessions are to be held at the King’s Lynn LGBT group, Wayland Prison, Norwich City Football Club and Circle Housing for members of staff (not open to the public).
Julie Inns, Equality and Diversity Advisor for Norfolk Constabulary said: ” We know that people perform better when they can be themselves and so the idea behind these events is to inspire the LGBT community and help them achieve all they are capable of.
“The sessions will also look at challenging homophobic language and behaviour in the workplace and what Straight Allies can do to support their LGBT colleagues.
“The Diversity Team work with various other partners such as Hate Free Norfolk, the LGBT Area Project and Oasis (Transgender Support Group) to promote the welfare of LGBT people, by ensuring they can achieve their full potential, so they contribute fully to society and lead fulfilled lives, thus benefiting society as a whole.”
The events mark the tenth year in the UK of LGBT History Month with other events occurring across the county but also highlights the need for the LGBT community to celebrate and recognise LGBT people and culture and the LGBT experience year round.
Norfolk Constabulary would like to stress to its LGBT communities that it takes any form of hate related behaviour seriously and encourages them to report it or come and talk to us if they are experiencing problems.
More information on the work of the Independent Advisory Group, who are working with Norfolk Police to put on these sessions is available on our Forums page.