PRESS RELEASE:Being open about sexual orientation and gender orientation still complicated at work

| June 6, 2013

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PRESS RELEASE

Being open about sexual orientation and gender orientation still complicated at work
Visible support by management and board crucial for overall acceptance

Amsterdam, June 6, 2013. Recent European research shows that 30% of lesbians, gays, bi-sexuals and transgender people (LGBT) are still afraid to be open about their sexual orientation and gender identity. They are afraid that ‘coming out’ might have a negative effect on their career or exposure to harassment at the workplace. This fear is not imaginary, as 19% of LGBT people have experienced some sort of discrimination at work. At the seventh annual Workplace Pride Conference, June 7 in Amsterdam, Board members of several international companies and top-executives in the field of politics, government and research will discuss how to improve organisa-tional culture in order for LGBT people to be able to be themselves at work. Mr. Gerrit Zalm, CEO at ABN AMRO bank, will be opening the conference.

Approximately 1 out of 10 people is not heterosexual. When these people can’t be themselves at work, a lot of talent and capacity remains unutilized. “We expect that talent will become scarce as soon as the economy improves,” says Ms. Caroline Princen, Board Member with ABN AMRO and one of the keynote speakers on the conference. Talent won’t flourish when people can’t be or don’t dare to be themselves at workThis is why diversity and inclusion is one of the core issues of our companies’ policy. Not only do we wish to maintain talent within our bank, we also strive to be an attractive employer to work for so we are also able to attract new talent in the future.”

European research, amongst 93.000 respondents 18 year and older, shows that the acceptance of someone’s sexual orientation is connected to the way in which he or she behaves; masculine or feminine. David Pollard, director of Workplace Pride Foundation, the conference organiser: “A ‘masculine’ gay will be accepted easier than a ‘feminine’ gay person. This also explains why transgender people have more difficulties with being accepted than lesbians or gay men. It is very important that those at the top of an organisation openly support the LGBT agenda; it improves openness and acceptance of LGBT people at work.”

About Workplace Pride Conference
7 June 2013 | 09:00 – 18:00 | Gustav Mahlerlaan 10, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Workplace Pride Foundation (formerly Company Pride Platform) was founded in 2006 and is the international platform for inclusion of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) people at work. Its 29 members employ nearly 2 million people worldwide and share the vision that Les-bians, Gays, Bisexuals and Trans genders are fully visible, accepted and valued in the workplace and in society, leading the way for others.

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For more information and/or accreditation please contact Layana Mokoginta, info@archives-workplacepride.org or mobile: +31 (0)6-20011181.

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