Gay forum for BT staff

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

Kaleidoscope
will initially have around 200 members across the BT group and will be run by a
steering group of volunteers.

The network
aims to offer mutual career support for its members as well as raising
awareness of the contribution that gay, lesbian and bisexual 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 said.

The
network will also provide support and advice for staff wanting to come out at
work and will improve the company’s understanding of the diversity of its
customer base.

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

“Kaleidoscope
is an important addition and I know it will set new standards for our gay,
lesbian and bisexual communities. It will also play a key role in helping to
guide BTs marketing activities for its gay and lesbian customers.”

www.bt.com

By Ross Wigham

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