Our place in Stonewall’s top 100 is just one way of sending out a clear message to our colleagues and customers that Riverside is committed to being a truly inclusive housing provider and employer.
John Glenton is Executive Director of Care and Support at Riverside
19 February 2019
Riverside Housing are proud to be listed in the Stonewall top 100 LGBT inclusive workplaces for the sixth year running. This year we have moved up 10 places to number 26 in the index, and have kept our ranking as second in the housing sector.
So why does being in the Stonewall top 100 matter?
A recent study launched February 2018, funded by Riverside and five of the country’s largest housing associations, made some stark findings about LGBT social housing tenants.
- Despite equality laws, the study found that LGBT social housing residents do not believe they are being listened to, taken seriously or treated equally.
- LGBT social housing residents are hypervigilant around their neighbourhood and home. A third felt their neighbourhood was not a safe place to live as an LGBT*Q person. A fifth of gay men reported that they regularly modify their home if their landlord or a repairs person visits to make their sexuality less visible.
- A third of survey respondents felt that their housing provider was not able to deal effectively with issues like harassment.
Our place in Stonewell’s top 100 is just one way of sending out a clear message to our colleagues and customers that Riverside is committed to being a truly inclusive housing provider and employer.
Studies show that when colleagues are able to be themselves in the workplace they are more likely to deliver their best results. From a personal perspective, being an out gay man at work means I am able to be the best authentic version of me, I am able to make decisions based on my whole life experience, I am more relaxed, and I find it easier to develop professional, effective working relationships.
I believe that diversity enriches Riverside. As we demonstrate our commitment to diversity, we consequently attract and retain talented people who can be themselves and are reflective of our diverse customer base.
Why I’m proud of Riverside’s submission
The highlights in our submission to be a Stonewall top 100 LGBT inclusive workplace have been:
- our strong and engaged LGBT staff and allies groups
- the corporate training we have commissioned
- having a supportive leadership group made up of strong role models.
Over the past year the staff group has increased its activity and raised its profile further with a particular emphasis on trans awareness and addressing biphobia. We worked hard to become a group that truly represents LGBT not simply G. Having visible bi role models as co-chair of the group and proactive trans members has sent a clear and positive message to the workforce.
The photo above is of Riverside’s Executive Director group, all demonstrating their support for the Stonewall ‘Come out for LGBT’ campaign. This image has been circulated widely both internally and externally making a visible statement that Riverside is committed to equality.