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We’re celebrating #LGBTSTEMDay this week

Taking place for the first-time last year, this international day aims to highlight some of the global challenges LGBTQ+ scientists and engineers face, such as discrimination, in their own institution or country, or in places where they conduct their research domestically or abroad.

At the IET, we’re dedicated to our continued commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion (ED&I) and advocating inclusivity in engineering is a crucial element to addressing the skills shortage that currently threatens the UK industry.

As one of the largest PEIs in the world; we have a duty to promote engineering to everybody and encourage organisations to do more around promoting the importance of embracing Equality, Diversity and Inclusion.

Pride flag flying over IET Savoy Place: London

Pride flag flying over IET Savoy Place: London

We want to use #LGBTSTEMDay as a clear sign of support to our LGBT members and volunteers and demonstrate that discrimination and exclusion in the workplace and across the engineering and technology sectors will not be tolerated.

It is important that we demonstrate that we are a welcoming and inclusive engineering institution where everybody has equal opportunity to succeed. 

It’s reported that companies that embrace LGBT policies outperform their competitors. Diversity helps draw top talent and foster innovation, and people perform significantly better when they can be themselves at work.

To celebrate this important day, we’ve produced a rainbow version of the IET logo – this will be used across the IET’s main social media accounts and will appear on the IET website for the week.

We’re encouraging all of our UK offices (Stevenage, London, Birmingham) to celebrate the day. Members and volunteers can get involved too if they wish by:

  • Wearing a rainbow lanyard – these can be collected from the Faraday Centre at IET London: Savoy Place and reception at IET Birmingham: Austin Court.
  • Taking a picture with our placards and selfie boards and upload to social media using the hashtags #LGBTSTEMDay #PrideInSTEM #PrideInEngineering – these can be collected from the Faraday Centre at IET London: Savoy Place and reception at IET Birmingham: Austin Court.

Jo Foster, IET Diversity and Inclusion Manager, said: “More needs to be done to ensure that STEM is being promoted as a viable career path for everyone.  We’re really proud to be celebrating Pride and #LGBTSTEMDay and we will continue to celebrate everyone from all backgrounds that not only represent and work for the IET, but those that are fantastic advocates and role models for engineering and technology.”

We’ve been flying the Pride flag at our three UK venues throughout June. View our 'We are celebrating Pride Month!' member news article.

Pride and LGBTSTEMDay FAQs

We’re celebrating Pride month and #LGBTSTEMDay!

What is Pride month?

The month of June was chosen for LGBT Pride Month to commemorate the Stonewall riots, which occurred at the end of June 1969. As a result, many pride events are held during this month to recognise the impact LGBT people have had in the world.

What is LGBTSTEMDay?

Friday 5 July marks #LGBTSTEMDay, which aims to celebrate and raise awareness for diversity and inclusion in STEM. Taking place for the first-time last year, this international day aims to highlight some of the global challenges LGBTQ+ scientists and engineers face, such as discrimination, in their own institution or country, or in places where they conduct their research domestically or abroad.

What is the IET doing to support?

Since the beginning of June, we have been flying the rainbow flags at our three UK offices in Stevenage, London and Birmingham to show our support for Pride Month. For the week of #LGBTSTEMDay (5 July), we’ve produced a rainbow version of the IET logo – this will be used across the IET’s main social media accounts and will appear on the IET website for the week.

We’ll also be encouraging colleagues, members and volunteers to show their support if they wish by wearing a rainbow lanyard and using our placards and selfie boards for social media photos.   

Why is the IET supporting these initiatives?

At the IET, we’re dedicated to our continued commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion (ED&I) and advocating inclusivity in engineering is a crucial element to addressing the skills shortage that currently threatens the UK industry.

As one of the largest PEIs in the world; we have a duty to promote engineering to everybody and encourage organisations to do more around promoting the importance of embracing Equality, Diversity and Inclusion.

We want to use LGBT STEM day as a clear sign of support to our LGBT members and volunteers and demonstrate that discrimination and exclusion in the workplace and across the engineering and technology sectors will not be tolerated.

It is important that we demonstrate that we are a welcoming and inclusive engineering institution where everybody has equal opportunity to succeed. 

It’s reported that companies that embrace LGBT policies outperform their competitors. Diversity helps draw top talent and foster innovation, and people perform significantly better when they can be themselves at work.