LBS branch with Pride rainbow in the window

We're proud to be celebrating Pride Month

by Leeds Building Society

We caught up with Katherine Tong, our Director of Legal, Compliance and Secretary, and sponsor of our LGBTQ+ network, to discuss what Pride month means to the Society.

“June marks the official month of Pride, a month where LGBTQ+ communities all around the world are celebrated.

At Leeds Building Society, we are committed to being an organisation where differences are embraced and all our colleagues feel included and valued for who they are, and the unique perspectives they bring. 

By ensuring our colleagues can be themselves and feel supported as a person, we can help them fulfill their potential, which in turn helps us serve our members and local community better.

Supporting colleagues with our LGBTQ+ forum

We know that supporting Pride is about more than just celebrating Pride Month each year. To support our LGBTQ+ colleagues all-year round, we have an active LGBTQ+ forum which has colleagues from all parts of the Society working together with our Inclusion and Diversity team to drive real change for our colleagues and members.

It’s fantastic to be involved with this and we’ve recently done things like:

  • Running colleague-facing sessions to mark LGBTQ+ history month
  • Designing and implementing training to support our member interactions
  • Creating a podcast in which our colleagues share their lived experience

It’s really encouraging to see the forum coming together to think of ways to be progressive and inclusive.   

Why Pride matters to our colleagues

I know Pride means a lot to our members and colleagues, and I’m grateful to Victoria and Matthew for giving their perspectives on why it’s so important to them:

“Pride means so much to me as it’s one of the only times that I can fully just be myself. Being surrounded by members of the community feels so warm and safe, it’s a feeling I can’t really put into words. It means I don’t have to make the conscious changes I sometimes have to me make to my everyday life to hide certain parts of my sexuality to ensure that I don’t open myself up to being unsafe or receiving hate.” – Victoria Kenny, Intermediary Business Development Advisor, and Chair of the LGBTQ+ Network.

“Pride is a celebration of being yourself and an opportunity to feel comfortable in your own skin. Every time I attend a Pride event, I get to meet so many different people from all walks of life who come together to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community.” – Matthew Clissold, Customer Service Advisor 

We’ll have more exciting Pride-related news coming soon, so watch this space!”

 

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