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Private security sector to take part in Pride in London 2022 event

For the first time, the private security sector will take part in the Pride in London event, taking place on 2 July 2022.

Said to be the UK’s biggest, most diverse pride event, the day is designed to provide a platform for LGBT+ communities to raise awareness for LGBT+ issues and “campaign for the freedoms that allow them to live their lives on a genuinely equal footing”.

And, for the first time, the private security sector will be represented and take part in the pride parade in July. The Rainbow LGBTQ+ Group – officially launched in late 2021 by members of the Security Institute’s Inclusive Security Special Interest Group – has organised a collaboration in the private security industry to take part in the event.

The Rainbow Group is designed to provide a safe space for security professionals to feel comfortable in discussing their own experiences and challenges, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. The Group is led by Security Institute members, Satia Rai MSyl, Mel Hipwood MSyl, Ben Harding, alongside Arc Monitoring’s Sian Doherty. Satia is the Welfare and Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Director at the International Professional Security Association (IPSA).

On the security sector taking part in London Pride this year, Satia commented: “This historical security sector collaboration is big step in the right direction to it becoming inclusive.

“Leading this initiative has been special and very close to my heart. I am very proud to be part of the change I want to see. I imagine a world where all LGBTQ+ people are free to be themselves and live their lives to the full. I imagine a world where all LGBTQ+ people are free to live their lives to the full.

“Inclusive workplaces have a huge part to play in making this world a reality, but inclusion is not a given. The security sector has to be bold and fight for the freedom equality and potential of its LBGTQ+ community. Marching together sends a powerful message to our LGBTQ+ workforce – we are striving for a sector where everyone can be their true selves. Inclusive workplace environments drive better individual, business and organisational outcomes.”

Keep up to date with Pride in London on social media, by following #PrideinLondon.

Find out more about the event at Pride in London’s website. 

 

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