New partnership to support LGBT-inclusive employers

Two charities have launched a partnership to support LGBT-inclusive employers in Northern Ireland.

The Rainbow Project and Stonewall initiative builds on an existing employers' programme.

The Rainbow Project works with 10 employers across Northern Ireland. With support from Stonewall, this work will extend to 40 employers in the first year.

John O'Doherty, director of The Rainbow Project, said: "We're thrilled to officially launch this partnership. We know that many employers are keen to make their workplaces welcoming of all lesbian, gay, bi and trans staff.

"Now that we're working with Stonewall, we can make that work happen faster and dramatically increase the pace of change for LGBT people in Northern Ireland."

Ruth Hunt, chief executive of Stonewall, said: "By combining our resources, expertise and reach, Stonewall and The Rainbow Project will transform the lives of many more LGBT people in Northern Ireland.

"Employers want to get the best out of their staff and we know that people perform better when they can be themselves.

"This partnership enables us to share the expertise and skills we have developed over the past decade, and to better understand how we can support LGBT movements in places where the law is different."