Building Equality group to hold virtual Pride

The construction alliance that promotes LGBT+ inclusion across the industry is staging a week-long virtual alternative Pride celebration starting on Monday, featuring a series of events to support the community. 

Physical Pride months events, usually held in June, were cancelled this year due to restrictions around large gatherings, but Building Equality, founded in 2015, will host the ALT.MCR Pride festival, made up of webinars designed to support LGBT+ individuals in the construction industry. 

The events include: 

  • Exclusive author readings 
  • Vigils to remember those affected by HIV
  • Positive speaker appearances and competitions 
  • ‘Meet the members’ workshops, including Homes England and engineering group Jacobs 

The webinars are designed to highlight the experiences of LGBT+ individuals and shine a light on what is being done to progress LGBT+ inclusion in the industry, in the hope of build more inclusive working environments. 

Luke Ives, social value, inclusion and diversity coordinator at Jacobs, and a Building Equality executive, said: “Recent statistics tell us there are still daily challenges faced by LGBT+ individuals in our industry that need to be addressed.  

“However, real progress has been made in supporting visible role models, so there is a true reflection of the communities we serve.

“ALT. MCR Pride is the biggest showcase of virtual LGBT+ inclusion in the construction industry and a reflection of the changing face of our industry.” 

The full schedule of ALT. MCR Pride is open to everyone. 

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