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Inspirational Diversity Champion of the Month – February 2013

February is LBGT History Month and with this in mind we have chosen Ben Summerskill as our Inspirational Diversity Champion.

Ben Summerskill OBE is the Chief Executive of Stonewall – the largest gay equality organisation in Europe.

He has successfully expanded Stonewall’s work from parliamentary lobbying into other fields including, workplace equality and campaigning against homophobia in schools. He led successful campaigns for the repeal of anti-gay legislation, the introduction of Civil Partnerships and the introduction protections against discrimination in the provision of “goods and services”, covering areas from healthcare and housing, to hotels and holidays. Highlights of his achievements include leading a successful parliamentary campaign in 2007-2008 for the introduction of a criminal offence of incitement to homophobic hatred and a campaign in 2009-2010 to enable gay people to celebrate civil partnerships in religious premises.

Under his direction, Stonewall’s Diversity Champions programme, promoting good practice among major UK employers, has grown from 35 to 600 members, who employ 5.5 million people between them, ranging from IBM and Tesco to the armed services and MI5. Stonewall’s ‘Education for All’ programme, launched in 2005 to help tackle homophobic bullying in Britain’s schools, is supported by 70 major teaching and children’s organisations.

In 2006, he was appointed a Commissioner on Britain’s new Equality and Human Rights Commission. He was awarded an OBE in the 2009 New Year Honours list and was appointed to the committee of the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service in 2009. In 2010 he was a finalist as Ernst & Young Social Entrepreneur of the Year and in 2011 he was shortlisted as Britain’s Most Admired Charity Chief Executive in the Third Sector Awards.

University of Greenwich LGB Staff Feedback

University of Greenwich LGB Staff Feedback

As part of its Stonewall Diversity Champions Programme, Stonewall invites you to participate in a survey giving feedback directly to them on your experiences working for the University. To participate, you will need to complete Stonewall’s anonymous online survey, for which you will need:

  1. The link to the questionnaire and;
  2. Your organisation’s unique three digit code

Please email Karen Weaver, Equality and Diversity Champion, for this information via in confidence. Responses submitted online will go directly to Stonewall. Alternative paper copies of this questionnaire are available.

For more information please visit: 

If you need any additional guidance or advice, please contact the Workplace Team on 020 7593 1868 or email

University of Greenwich LGBT Network

The University is a proud member of the Stonewall Diversity Champions Programme and we are currently working on developing our LGBT staff network, potentially linking up with the University of Kent and / or UCL.

Any suggestions or feedback are welcome. For more information or to join, please contact Karen Weaver (details above).

Stonewall Talent Closes Today!

Deadline is close of play today for the Stonewall Talent Programme -the only pre-career leadership programme for lesbian, gay and bisexual people.

Research by Stonewall indicates that lesbian, gay and bisexual young people often think that they can only work and succeed in certain careers and roles.  They also have particular worries about entering the workplace as a gay person.  These concerns can negatively affect gay young people’s entry to work and limit their progression once their career begins.

The Talent Programme is a two-day residential programme which aims to address these challenges by giving you the opportunity to look at how being gay might affect your ambitions and by involving you in interactive learning aimed at helping to make sure you use all of your talent from the very start of your career.

During the two day programme you will look at how to be yourself at work, why this is important, what motivates you and have the chance to develop a network with others.

The Talent Programme is free, including accommodation and travel. It takes place on 13 – 14 September 2012. To apply go to:

Stonewall Leadership Programme 22 – 23 November

Applications are now open for the Stonewall Leadership Programme 2012, kindly supported by IBM. 

The Stonewall Leadership Programme is designed to enable each delegate to transform their leadership in a way that is highly personal and relevant to their workplace context. Taking place Thursday 22 – Friday 23 November 2012 at Ashridge Business School, it offers delegates the unique opportunity to explore how their sexual orientation may impact on their workplace outcomes and to find an authentic way of leading that is confident, resilient and effective:

         “…I feel stronger and more relaxed when I am being authentic which enables me to be more effective… When I left I was on a real high because it had been an inspiring two days. Six months later there has been a lasting change in my confidence and performance which is far more than I expected…”

Now in its eighth year, the expert Stonewall Leadership facilitation team has worked with over 250 lesbian, gay and bisexual executives since 2005 and provides the safe, responsive and challenging space that stimulates high quality thinking and learning:

          “…The quality of the facilitation you get in your leadership is outstanding. I defy anybody to leave this course without having learnt something significant either as a person and/or as a leader…”

To speak to someone about the programme and how to make a relevant application, please contact Ashley Thomas on 020 7593 1888 or

FREE Stonewall Talent Programme 2012

  • Do you consider yourself a leader?
  • Do you want to lead change and inspire others in your future career?
  • Are you 18 – 25 and lesbian, gay or bisexual?

The Stonewall Talent Programme is the only pre-career leadership programme for lesbian, gay and bisexual people. During the two day programme you will look at how to be yourself at work, why this is important, what motivates you and have the chance to develop a network with others.

The Talent Programme is free, including accommodation and travel. It takes place on 13 – 14 September 2012. To apply go to:



Thought London was just hosting the Olympics this summer? Think again…

World Pride will be here in London on behalf of the global LGBT community on Saturday 7th July 2012

The theme for this years World Pride Parade is ‘One World, One Pride, One Voice’ and all parade participants will be reflecting this in their float or walking group.

The World Pride Parade will start at Baker Street at 1 pm and make its way down Oxford Street and Regent Street, moving down Pall Mall and Cockspur Street as it passes Trafalgar Square and continues down Whitehall where it will end at around 4.30 pm.

Some photos from last year:

There‘s only two weeks left to consult on marriage for same-sex couples

There‘s only two weeks left until the government consultation on extending the legal form of marriage to same-sex couples closes. The proposal was not included in the recent Queen’s Speech but Stonewall is lobbying the government to press ahead with implementing this promise in the next 12 months in any case. Now’s the time to make your voice heard if you haven’t already done so. 

You can visit for details of how to respond to the consultation and tell the government why equal marriage matters to you.   

All aboard for equal marriage!

A message from Ben Summerskill, Chief Executive

We’re delighted that the Government has finally launched the long-awaited consultation on its intention to extend the legal form of marriage to same-sex couples.

Stonewall has submitted our detailed response and we’re now urging all supporters of equality in this area to make their voice heard by responding themselves.

Just visit our website – – to find details of how you can respond too.

To support the campaign, throughout April 1,000 London buses are carrying adverts featuring our iconic ‘Some People Are Gay. Get Over It!’ message and details of Stonewall’s equal marriage campaign website. To make sure the message isn’t confined to the streets of London, we’re also asking supporters to tweet pictures of buses carrying the advert using the hashtag #equalmarriage or to post them on our recently relaunched Facebook page.

We’ve all seen a vitriolic response from some politicians and clerics over the past few weeks in response to these modest proposals. Together we can make sure our voices are heard loud and clear.