MHA proudly celebrated LGBT+ History Month, the month-long celebration took place throughout February to coincide with the abolition of Section 28 in 2003. It marked the contribution LGBT+ people have made to society and their communities over the years. We connected and reflected on the present and past of the LGBT+ community and celebrated LGBT+ culture.
At MHA we are committed to promoting equality and creating a culture and working practices that recognise, respect, value and harness diversity of its existing and potential contract holders, leaseholders and other service users, existing and potential employees, board members, volunteers and partners.
To mark the start of the month, we were delighted to join Tai Pawb and Lisa Power for an inspiring and informative event discussing LGBT+ History. Lisa has spent more than three decades campaigning for LGBT+ rights in the UK and globally. Lisa is a co-founder of the UK’s largest and most successful LGBT+ Charity, Stonewall and is a Policy Director of Terrence Higgins Trust. We were fortunate enough to hear Lisa talk transparently about HIV history and recent LGBT+ social history from her own experiences.
To continue our celebrations, we devoted the month to learning and sharing. We created a suite of resources to educate and inspire conversations about LGBT+ History demonstrating our commitment to the month.
MHA’s Head of HR Karen Peploe said
“Showing respect for each other as a social housing landlord, and workplace, where everyone feels welcomed is so important for Monmouthshire Housing. National campaigns such as the LGBT+ History Month are positive ways to reflect on how legislation and social acceptance has evolved to enable us to be proud to be inclusive.”
It’s vital that all our customers and employees can live and work in a welcoming and inclusive environment which fosters a culture of fairness and respect. That is why equality, diversity, and inclusion is integral to our business, the Group’s vision and guides our values. Despite LGBT+ History Month being celebrated in February, we are committed to celebrating and supporting all year round.
For LGBT+ History Month and beyond, let’s work together to celebrate LGBT+ culture and progress towards equality!