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By: Vicky Johnson, Transitions

February sees the celebration of LGBT History Month, and Transitions recently attended the launch of “What’s It Like?”, a video series profiling LGBT engineers. The videos have been produced by InterEngineering in partnership with Mott MacDonald and the Royal Academy of Engineering, and aim “to show those thinking of becoming engineers that being LGBT is not a barrier to a happy and successful career.”

Recent surveys demonstrate that there is still much work to be done in order for LGBT engineers to feel that they can be out at work. Lord Browne of Madingley, former Chief Executive of BP and author of The Glass Closet, spoke of the impact not being out at work can have on someone’s personal and professional lives, while Dr Mark McBride-Wright suggested that Diversity & Inclusion strategies may be more effective as an integrated part of a company’s Health & Safety strategy.

I found the videos extremely encouraging. It’s great to see so many LGBT engineers talking positively about their experiences and their employers, and to see so many employers making concrete efforts to reduce workplace discrimination. However, based on the figures referred to above there’s no room for complacency. I hope that the efforts of InterEngineering and engineering employers will mean that these figures change significantly over the coming years, in a positive direction. You can view the videos here: Click here

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