February is LGBT+ History Month, and RGF Staffing are delighted to be celebrating the occasion. We believe amazing things are possible when Diversity, Equality and Inclusion are woven into workplace culture, and it is a special time to celebrate with our colleagues.

What is LGBT+ History Month?

The overall aim of LGBT+ History Month is to celebrate the achievement of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender people, and all with other sexual identities. Founded in 1994 by Rodney Wilson, a Missouri history teacher, the LGBT+ movement has evolved since its inception to provide role models to the cause, build a solid community where underrepresented people can feel safe and included, and presents an important civil rights statement about the contributions of the LGBTQ+ community.

2022 also sees the 50th anniversary of the very first pride march in the UK in 1972!

Why do we celebrate it?

At RGF Staffing, it’s our goal to be a workplace that’s truly inclusive, where everyone is accepted for who they are and afforded the same opportunities for life – no matter who they are. We want to create a space where you can bring your true self to work – sometimes people avoid engaging with their coworkers, and this is what we want to overcome. We are committed to providing and continually developing a diverse and supportive workplace with ways of working that are fair, impartial, sustainable, and provide the possibility of equal outcomes for every individual.

This week is also special because it’s also Time to Talk, and mental health goes hand in hand with LGBT+ representation – Mind, our chosen charity, has some great available resources, exploring the ways we identify ourselves in society and some of the links those active in the LGBT+ community might face as a result. You can find out more on Mind’s website here, and it includes some helpful advice for those facing struggle or discrimination.

What needs to be done?

LGBT+ issues can be a sensitive subject, and perhaps one that not everybody feels familiar with, but by talking and listening we can really help each other out. To continue the conversation, we would love to invite LGBT+ colleagues to discuss the event and share any objectives that could be achieved through the campaign.

It’s our job to provide opportunities for life, and that means everybody.

To learn more about LGBT+ History Month, please go to lgbtplushistorymonth.co.uk