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14:18 | 23rd March 2017

News: UK

Wed 12 May, 2010
By Darren Waite


It would be great if in six months time we need to create another poster because even more women are coming forward wanting to be visible role models for others including BME staff.

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The Double-Glazed Glass Ceiling is a Stonewall study into the experiences of lesbians and bisexual women in the workplace which reveals that many women identify a real or perceived double disadvantage to being female and out as lesbian/bisexual. Lesbians and bisexual women are far less visible in the workplace than gay men with few women attending sexual orientation staff networks or events. The study also found that out gay women see few if any role models who are out as gay or bisexual in high level positions.

“They felt that role models and openly-gay women made a crucial difference to the confidence and profile of lesbians and bisexual women in the workplace.

The general consensus was that there are too few openly-gay women in the workplace.”*

SPECTRUM, the staff support network lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans staff in the Home Office and its agencies, have addressed this lack of visibility in a very direct way by producing a campaign to raise the profile of lesbian and bisexual women in their workplace.

Debbie Browett who appears in the poster said “It was important to SPECTRUM to include women who are out in the Home Office, as well as well known women from the wider community, to reinforce the message that this is a societal issue and to encourage women to find their own sources of inspiration, and to become positive role models themselves”.

The concept behind the image was to subvert the traditional image of successful men in a gentleman’s club and to set the scene with a group of successful lesbian and bisexual women. The image itself is quietly confrontational with the deliberate gaze of the women challenging the viewer. The campaign will soon be launched through internal staff communications, magazines, posters, and presentations to raise awareness and promote discussion on the double glazed-glass ceiling, as well as to provide visible role models.

Paul Bradley the SPECTRUM Chair said “It would be great if in six months time we need to create another poster because even more women are coming forward wanting to be visible role models for others including BME staff.

The Home Office are currently 6th in the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index and SPECTRUM can be contacted at spectrum@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk

 

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