Our LGBTQ+ Network was the first EDI Network to launch at BLM. There has always been a strong emphasis on the importance of allies and as a result, our network members have grown considerably. What’s even more powerful is the difference the Network has made to the way people feel about sharing their own experiences.
Today, we’re sharing with you key words our Network members have used to describe the importance of LGBTQ+ inclusion at BLM.
Also Network member and Trainee Solicitor at BLM, Emma Johnston has shared with us how she feels about our network and how it has positively impacted her life:
“When I was choosing where to apply for my Training Contract I was still not out regarding my sexual orientation. I was in a heterosexual relationship and as a bisexual woman, I felt like an imposter, benefitting from the prejudice of societal norms, like I wasn’t able to participate in LGBTQIA+ events or societies without being guilty of a double standard. BLM had a very different approach to the community, focused on inclusivity and allyship which allowed me to learn and join in without declaring myself to the world. Hearing others struggled with the same feelings of being forced into a box by others made me more determined to be honest with myself around others. It made me understand that the only person we are accountable to regarding our sexuality is ourselves. I acknowledge the privilege I have by appearing to the outside world to be in a heterosexual relationship but I no longer feel like I cannot participate or talk with others about our experiences. It’s not a competition, it’s a community.”