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"As the firm's Senior Champions for LGBTQ+, we are proud to stand in solidarity with the entire LGBTQ+ community. As well as celebrating the achievements and progress that has been made, it is also important that we use the opportunity this month provides to learn about the challenges and barriers that continue to be faced by LGBTQ+ people around the world.
This June, we will be creating a platform for our global network to share their feedback directly with us about how we can better champion them in Pride month, and beyond."
"I have been the senior sponsor for our With Pride Allies network for many years, but I have spent very little time learning about the 'B' until recently. Many of us are probably aware of some of the issues faced by our bi friends and colleagues such as comments about 'it is a phase' or being assumed to be gay or straight by reason of their partner at a given point in time but, I suspect like me, many of us could do with a greater understanding of the issues in order to be proactive and visible ally to the community.
This is particularly the case in a world where more people than ever identify as bi. This exercise has helped me recognised that being an ally requires effort; it is not enough to simply say 'I am an ally' you need to constantly educate yourself and seek to understand what you can do and how you support others."
"As a leader and a parent of a trans child, I have seen first-hand the challenges faced by Trans people. I am proud to use my platform within the firm and more widely to raise awareness about the experiences of the Trans community, and to advocate for everyone’s right to be respected and valued regardless of their gender identity, gender expression or sexual orientation. Now, more than ever, it is important to be a visible and vocal ally."
"I'm delighted to see more non-binary people visible in society, and within Linklaters; I feel it my (happy) duty as a cisgender gay man to be an ally to non-binary people - to make them feel welcome and included. Some things I do to be an active ally include using my pronouns in your email signature or social media profile (and introducing myself with mine when I remember). I try to use inclusive terms of address like “everyone" rather than “ladies and gentlemen". I use “they" rather than “his/her" as a singular pronoun – this can require some attention, which I am happy to deliver; I actively encourage (with some success) non-binary people to apply to work at Linklaters. "