BT network welcomes gay staff diversity

BT has launched a support network to provide a forum for its gay, lesbian
and bisexual staff.

Kaleidoscope is expected to attract around 200 members initially across the
BT group and will be run by a steering group of volunteers.

The network aims to offer mutual career support to members and raise
awareness of the contribution that sexually diverse staff make to the company.

BT group personnel director John Steele said the organisation had also
signed up to the Stonewall diversity champions scheme, which promotes equality
in the workplace.

"BT aims to support all of its people fully and already has three
networks providing an additional voice for women, ethnic minorities and
employees with a disability," he explained.

The network will also provide support and advice for those staff wishing to
come out at work and increase BT’s understanding of the diversity of its
customer base.

In addition, Kaleidoscope will be available to contractors and temporary
staff and Steele is optimistic that the launch will promote BT as an employer
that supports minorities in its workforce:

"I know it will set new standards for our gay, lesbian and bisexual

"It will also play a key role in helping to guide BT’s marketing
activities for its gay and lesbian customers," he added.

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