Happy Pride Month!

Written by

Matt Gray
Matt Gray

Matt is an experienced Architectural Technologist with expertise gained across multiple sectors of the industry and extensive knowledge of the residential sector in particular.

As Pride Month draws to a close, we reflect on the celebration and awareness raised for the LGBTQ+ community’s pursuit of equal justice and the issues affecting its members. In the UK, significant progress has been made towards acceptance and equality. However, the Architecture and Construction Industry still faces challenges. A 2017 survey revealed that 39% of Architects heard homophobic slurs used as insults in the past year, and 48% of gay and transgender Architects feel discouraged due to a lack of openly gay colleagues. Furthermore, 66% of respondents expressed a desire for more support for sexual and gender minorities within the industry.

These statistics highlight the ongoing need for improvement. At BoonBrown, we place Equality and Diversity at the core of our values. We believe that a welcoming and open work environment allows individuals to thrive and achieve their career aspirations.

To promote this, we have incorporated Equality and Diversity training into our Mentor program, aiming to educate and raise awareness among our colleagues. These training sessions often lead to open conversations and a deeper understanding of individual issues, fostering an inclusive mindset.

Ultimately, it is crucial for employees to feel at home and valued, knowing that their differences do not affect their roles or how they are treated in the workplace. Companies can stay up-to-date with inclusivity by regularly sharing blogs, articles, and promoting team gatherings to maintain an open and friendly environment.

Together, we can create a more inclusive and supportive industry for everyone. Let’s continue to champion equality and celebrate the diversity that makes our community strong. Happy Pride Month from all of us at BoonBrown!