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Our employees support International Day Against Homophobia Biphobia and Transphobia

Image of our employees taken at Manchester Pride festival 2017
Today, employees from across our sites in the UK will be supporting International Day against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT) by flying the rainbow flag, hosting rainbow cake sales and wearing rainbow coloured clothes to work.
The international event, now in its thirteenth year, is held on the 17 May which was the date in 1990 when the World Health Organisation removed homosexuality from its International Classification of Diseases.
 
Alison Unsted, UK Head of Inclusion, Diversity and Engagement said: “We have a really strong employee resource group for our LGBT staff – OutLinkUK – and coming together on this day is just one of the ways we are working together to highlight the importance of workplace inclusivity; where people can come to work and feel that they can be themselves without fear of discrimination or prejudice.
 
”Diversity in our workforce encourages creativity, drives innovation and better equips us to solve our customers’ complex challenges. We are continuously looking to attract, recruit, develop and reward people of the highest calibre. At BAE Systems, employees from all backgrounds can fulfil their potential, develop their careers and feel rewarded for what they do”.
 
Kath Lane, Chair of OutLinkUK said: “Our group of over 970 members and allies is working with our employer to shine a spotlight on the harmful impact of prejudice and discrimination which International Day against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia helps to highlight worldwide.”