Tomorrow (25 September) will see the launch of a new LGBTI parenting network in London.
P3 aims to provide support to LGBT parents, and parents of LGBT children, who work in the professional services industry. The name, P3, comes from the three Ps that embody the group’s unifying factors: Proud, Professional, Parents.
The organization already has the support of a number of respected companies and bodies across London’s Square Mile – the city district holding most of its largest financial and legal businesses. This includes such respected names as Deloitte, Deutsche Bank, Brown Rudnick, Freshfields, Goldman Sachs, Jones Day, JPMorgan, Linklaters and Morgan Stanley, along with the backing of the Lord Mayor of London and the InterLaw Diversity Forum.
P3 intends to offer professionals the chance to socialize and network ‘as they maneuver the challenges of LGBT parenting alongside a City career,’ whilst prospective parents can use the organization to meet with and hear from those who have already become parents. The group also welcomes heterosexual, professional moms and dads of LGBT children to join, network and share knowledge.
Tuvia Borok, an Advisory Board member and co-founder of P3 said, ‘P3 is unique and aims to fill an existing gap in the City – no other LGBT-focused network transcends cross-diversity to focus on family issues alongside the pressures of a City career.’
Steven Friel [right], another Advisory Board member and co-founder, said, ‘The number of same-sex couples moving into parenthood is on the increase and they face unique challenges in managing their families and their professional lives.
‘For employers there are issues around how to develop HR policies and navigate legal obligations to same-sex parents – in terms of maternity and paternity rights for example, and in ensuring that policies are up to date to support and protect LGBT parents.
‘Often companies and organizations aren’t aware of the unique needs of this group and we hope that P3 will give employers a valuable resource to help guide them to best practice in supporting all of their staff, regardless of gender or sexuality.’
The group is set to launch on 25 September 2014 at an event hosted by Deloitte. Friel told GSN that they had received around 200 registrations to attend, as well as plenty of interest from others who are interested in becoming members.
‘We expect UK membership to reach around 500 by this time next year. By way of upcoming events, we will have at the end of this year and start of next year a series of small meetings to discuss issues such as adoption and surrogacy for LBGT professionals, plus educational sessions on issues such as employment rights.’