The organizers of the British LGBT Awards are appealing for women to take part in a survey they are conducting into the needs of lesbians and bisexual women in the workplace.
The survey is being launched partly in response to the fact that just 8% of the nominations for this year’s awards were submitted from lesbian and bisexual women.
Although half the awards cover celebrity and entertainment categories, the rest were corporate and workplace categories – recognizing LGBTI and straight allies and employee networks.
Winners at this year’s event, which took place 13 May in Covent Garden, included Lloyds Banking Group’s Rainbow LGBT Network group, Flt Lt Ayla Holdom (LGBT Inspirational Role Model) and YouTuber vloggers Rose and Rosie (Celebrity Rising Star).
Sarah Garrett, diversity campaigner and Square Peg Media founder, said, ‘This survey will delve deeper into the issues facing lesbian and bisexual women across the country.
‘There are real barriers that currently exist and our British LGBT Awards nominations figures highlight this. There are clearly not enough lesbian and bi sexual women role models.
‘When we have feedback we will be able to publish the findings and evaluate next steps in offering guidance so it’s critical individuals across a range of work sectors engage with us.’
Research has found that around 62% of graduates choose to go back into the closet when they enter the world of work, and the survey wants to discover if this has a particular impact on women.
The deadline to complete the survey – which can be found at lbwomen.org – is 10 June.
Gay Star News was a media partner of this year’s British LGBT Awards.