EMPLOYEES at BAE Systems in Scotstoun celebrated International Day against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT) to show support to their LGBTQ+ colleagues.

The staff sent messages of support and encouraged others to become an ally of the employee led resource group “OutLink UK” which supports members of the LGBTQ+ community.

Allies play an important role in the workplace by challenging any inappropriate behaviour based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

The group aims to help create a workplace environment in which employees feel valued and supported to be their authentic self, irrespective of sexual orientation, gender or indeed any other personal characteristic.

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Rainbow coloured flags were flying high and a number of employees wore rainbow coloured laces, bright clothes and were encouraged to have more conversations about inclusion in the workplace.

The international event, now in its 14th year, celebrates inclusivity and diversity, and aims to raise awareness of violence, discrimination and repression against LGBTQ+ communities.

Andy Macintosh, director of project management and project controls, said: “BAE Systems recognises how invaluable diversity in the workplace is; it inspires individuality, encourages employees to voice their opinions and perspectives and ensures that there is a constant flow of ideas which benefit our work, and ultimately our customers.

“Maintaining an inclusive workplace is, at its core, ensuring that all of our employees feel safe, understood and valued.

“At BAE Systems we want an inclusive workplace where everyone’s individuality is celebrated and by showing our support for LGBTQ+ colleagues, we’re working hard to create an environment in which everyone feels they can be themselves and be valued for their difference.”