East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service has hosted the Straight Allies Conference, which was held at the Sussex University Hospital, Brighton on 25th November.
The event was organised by the Sussex Public Services LGBT group and was aimed at public sector staff who were seeking to understand more about LGBT issues and become allies in their workplace.
Presentations included personal stories from a trans nurse, a gay firefighter, and a gay police officer who talked about their life in the workplace and how different their careers would have differed with the support of allies. There was a also a presentation from Stonewall, and Cheshire Fire & Rescue Service who shared their experiences in setting up a straight allies network supporting their LGBT staff and the positive differences this has made.
A range of representatives from local public services attended, including East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service, Sussex Police, West Sussex County Council, East Sussex County Council, Brighton and Hove County Council, University of Brighton, Lewes District Council, Brighton & Sussex University Hospital, Arun District Council, Horsham District Council, South East Coast Ambulance Service and Sussex Partnership NHS.
East Sussex Fire & Rescue Services, Assistant Chief Fire Officer, Gary Ferrand, (Chair of the LGBT Partnership Network) said: “The event was extremely well attended and demonstrated continuing commitment to inclusion and diversity within the public sector.”
“A good range of staff from local public services were involved and I would like to thank everyone who worked so hard to ensure this was a high value experience for the delegates.”