The City of Edinburgh Council has been celebrating it’s LGBT+ staff network, which it hopes will make the authority a more open, supportive and safe working environment.
‘STRIDE’ celebrated it’s first anniversary recently, with around 70 people gathering at the City Chambers in the capital to see the unveiling of the network’s new branding.
Chair of the STRIDE network, Scott Dunbar, said it had been a busy year for the new staff network and explaining why they chose the name:
“We agreed on the name, choosing STRIDE because it gives a nod to Pride and also because if used as a noun it can mean an important positive development, or used as a verb, to walk forward with purpose – this seemed to encapsulate much of the networks endeavour.”
Guests from other local authorities as well as community and third sector organisations were also at the event to show support, including Glasgow City Council’s PRISM network, Waverley Care, Scottish Trans Alliance and Edinburgh Frontrunners.
Executive Director for Resources at City of Edinburgh Council, Stephen Moir, talked of his personal commitment and the support of the Council for the staff network, saying:
“I’m really proud to support STRIDE and all our diversity networks. It’s important that we all support and respect all our colleagues to be able to be fully themselves, both in work as well as in life.”
The network hopes to offer advice and support internally for staff across all Council services as well as having a public presence at events across the year. If you’d like to know more about the STRIDE network, get in touch with them via email on STRIDEnetwork@edinburgh.gov.uk today.