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Embracing Inclusivity: Supporting LGBT+ employees’ parenthood journeys – a blog from Proud 2 b Parents

LGBTQ+ parenting is not something that is widely discussed in the community, let alone in the workplace. But businesses have an opportunity to differentiate themselves and stand out on the issue.

By Claire Ebrey · October 16, 2023

In today’s diverse and evolving workplace, fostering an environment of inclusivity isn’t just a checkbox—it’s a commitment to ensuring every individual feels valued, supported, and empowered. Proud 2 b Parents, an organisation run by and for LGBT+ parents/ carers to be, LGBT+ parents/ carers and their children, firmly believe that acknowledging and supporting the unique aspirations of LGBT+ employees, including their desire for parenthood, is not just a gesture; it’s a strategic investment in both your employees’ well-being and your organisation’s success. Here’s why:

Retain and attract top talent

Organisations that prioritise LGBT+ inclusivity and create affirming environments are more likely to retain their LGBT+ employees and, by extension, their entire staff teams. Moreover, these organisations become magnets for talented individuals seeking inclusive workplaces. By embracing diversity, you not only retain valuable employees but also attract a broader and more diverse talent pool.

Developing teamwork and collaboration

Creating a supportive environment for LGBT+ employees fosters greater teamwork, collaboration, and cohesion among employees. When individuals feel safe and respected for who they are, they are more likely to contribute actively to a positive team culture. Inclusivity nurtures a sense of belonging and loyalty, leading to stronger, more cohesive teams.

Drive innovation and creativity

Studies consistently show that diverse and inclusive environments, including LGBT+ affirming workplaces, lead to increased innovation and creativity. Embracing diverse perspectives enhances problem-solving and brings fresh ideas to the table. In an inclusive environment, employees are encouraged to think creatively, leading to ground-breaking innovations that can propel the organization forward.

Win customer support

Research also indicates that customers are more likely to engage with and support companies that align with their values of inclusivity and equality. By championing LGBT+ inclusivity, organisations not only appeal to a broader customer base but also demonstrate their commitment to social responsibility. This alignment with customer values can lead to increased customer loyalty and positive brand perception.

Support personal and professional growth

Recognising and accommodating the unique needs of LGBT+ individuals, including their aspirations to become parents or carers, is essential for their well-being. An organisation that supports its employees in their personal lives enables them to thrive professionally. When employees don’t have to compartmentalise their identities, they can focus more fully on their work, leading to increased productivity and job satisfaction.

Proud 2 b Parents’ Tailored Support Package

At Proud 2 b Parents, we understand the importance of creating a supportive workplace for LGBT+ employees. That’s why we’re offering a new employee benefit designed to help individuals navigate the complexities of parenthood. Our tailored support package includes:

  1. LGBT+ Parenting Workshops: Expert-led digital workshops covering the variety of pathways to parenthood available to the community, which include adoption, fostering, fertility options, legal considerations, and building a supportive network.
  2. Legal Consultation: One-time consultations with legal professionals specialising in LGBT+ family law, ensuring employees understand their legal rights.
  3. Fertility and Reproductive Health Consultation: Expert guidance on navigating fertility clinics and personalised pathway
  4. Adoption and Fostering Consultation: Expert guidance and practical support throughout the entire adoption journey.
  5. Community Support Resources: Free access to LGBT+ parent/carer groups, online forums, and community organisations, fostering a sense of community and support.
  6. Networking Opportunities: (enhanced option) Organised events for LGBT+ parents or parents-to-be to connect, share experiences, and build a supportive community within the workplace.

All interactions related to the benefit are confidential and handled by professionals who prioritise privacy and sensitivity.

By offering this comprehensive support package, organisations can create an environment where every employee feels valued, supported, and empowered in their personal and professional journeys. Embracing the aspirations of LGBT+ employees isn’t just about ticking boxes; it’s about building a workplace where everyone can thrive.


Matt Taylor-Roberts

Proud 2 b Parents