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Over a third of LGBTQ+ employees have hidden or disguised their LGBTQ+ status at work for fear of being discriminated against. Everyone deserves their whole selves to be accepted without exception.

The All Equals Charter helps businesses and organisations to understand how to recognise and challenge any form of discrimination. It is a thought-through support system guiding you to achieve a truly diverse, inclusive and equal workplace.

Become an All Equals Charter member today and let’s work together in creating safe and inclusive spaces for all LGBTQ+ people.

The All Equals Charter is a Manchester Pride initiative and any profits from the charter are reinvested into the Manchester Pride Fund to support and enhance the lives of LGBTQ+ communities.

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Background

The All Equals Charter was first born when Manchester Pride started to create a set of shared values for the venues and suppliers involved with its flagship Manchester Pride Festival, in order to reduce the potential for discrimination. The charity started sharing its work with others and began to uncover a real appetite for the initiative as companies wanted help to implement change.

As a result, Manchester Pride evolved the values into a Charter to help create a consistent approach to diversity and inclusion across the region. It invites companies to follow a set of principles that they are regularly assessed on. This begins with an initial assessment and a visit from the All Equals team to help them understand current activity, alongside the policies and processes in place to support LGBTQ+ people at work. This is reviewed and then meetings provide feedback and look at the next steps. Different levels of accreditation are reviewed on an annual basis.

Early this year a number of national retailers, public sector services, local businesses and education institutions came together to beta test this process to ensure that it was robust and user friendly.

Those companies included Tameside Council/Tameside and Glossop CCG, Auto Trader UK, Stockport NHS Foundation Trust, Tameside Council, Hits Radio, UKFast, Manchester Metropolitan University, Enterprise Rent-a-Car, GMCA Fire and Rescue Service plus Gay Village’s business Richmond Tea Room and The Eagle.

Manchester Metropolitan University was awarded the top level of accreditation because it demonstrated exceptionally well-developed policies and practice to achieve inclusion and to prevent hate crime and discrimination. The organisation clearly listens to and learns from feedback and has a track record of taking action to improve inclusion when needed. A role model rating is appropriate and MMU has much to offer in helping the wider GM community improve standards of LGBTQ+ inclusion.

About the Charter

Manchester Pride has developed the All Equals Charter to promote inclusion and equality for all LGBTQ+ people in Greater Manchester. It aims to do this by tackling all forms of discrimination and inequality faced by LGBTQ+ people in Greater Manchester. This includes ensuring that LGBTQ+ spaces and services are welcoming, accessible and safe for all LGBTQ+ people. The Charter is based on a set of principles, values and, commitments, and requires all those who sign-up to take action to meet the Charter Standards.

At Manchester Pride, we recognise the diversity and multitude of experiences within LGBTQ+ communities and that some LGBTQ+ people face discrimination and inequality based on characteristics additional to their gender identity and sexuality. The All Equals Charter has a keen focus on intersectionality to ensure we are tackling all forms of discrimination in the workplace.

Through the All Equals Charter, we want to create a consistent approach to inclusion across the board so that all LGBTQ+ people have equal opportunities. We want all spaces where the Charter is implemented to be safe for LGBTQ+ people so they are able to reach their full potential and thrive.

Principles & Values

The following principles and values should be used to guide the actions of all those who sign up to this Charter...

Equality for all LGBTQ+ people

This includes respect for all LGBTQ+ people and their diverse backgrounds. Challenging of prejudice, hate and discrimination aimed at any LGBTQ+ person. Recognising that LGBTQ+ spaces should be safe for all LGBTQ+ people and that services aimed at LGBTQ+ people should be accessible to all LGBTQ+ people.

Inclusion of all LGBTQ+ people

The celebration of LGBTQ+ life should include the lives of diverse LGBTQ+ people so that all LGBTQ+ people feel included. When the experiences and views of LGBTQ+ people are sought, the views and experience of a diverse range of LGBTQ+ people are included, not just those who are easy to communicate or engage with.

Education for LGBTQ+ Inclusion and Equality

Education in its broadest sense should be used as a tool to inform and challenge as part of the promotion of LGBTQ+ equality and inclusion of all LGBTQ+ people (including minorities). Stereotypes and cliches should be avoided, or indeed constructively challenged where relevant.

Honesty and Openness

Signatories of the Charter should be transparent about its implementation and share their achievements. All information, evidence and data presented should be accurate and complete, and always accompanied by a willingness to learn from mistakes and make improvements where possible.

Co-operation and Collaboration

Charter signatories are ambassadors of equality and diversity. Signatories to this Charter should share their good practices and learnings with regards to the implementation of the Charter, and where possible, provide practical support to others on the implementation of the Charter.

Work to the Spirit of the Charter

Signatories should work to the spirit of the Charter, not just the letter. The Charter should be used as a tool to help improved employee, client and stakeholder experiences and interactions across all elements of the organisation’s strategic goals and operations from the top down.

Work within the framework of the Equality Act 2010

The Equality Act 2010 legally protects people from discrimination in the workplace and in wider society. All Equals Charter Signatories should work within the framework of the Equality Act 2010 and strive to ensure they meet all their regulations, responsibilities and duties under the Equality Act 2010.

Charter Commitments

All organisations, businesses and venues signed up to this Charter agree to the following commitments...
01

Recognise the Diversity of LGBTQ+ People

In becoming an All Equals Charter signatory, your organisation is demonstrating its awareness that LGBTQ+ people are a diverse group from many backgrounds, all of whom you will work to ensure are treated fairly and equally.
02

Challenge Prejudice and Discrimination

Your organisation will endeavour to take appropriate action against people who perpetrate hate speech, hate crimes or discriminate against an LGBTQ+ person or people. Hate and discrimination also include hate or discrimination related to a person’s characteristics in addition to their sexual orientation and/or gender identity.
03

Fair Recruitment Procedures

Your organisation is committing to fostering a diverse workforce through open and fair recruitment procedures, and will develop, support and train all staff to work in ways that are consistent with equality and inclusion principles and practices
04

Uphold Service Standards

Developing and providing services that can be used by a diverse range of LGBTQ+ people is vital to equality. By monitoring and reviewing your services your organisation will provide barrier-free access and an equally good service experience to all LGBTQ+ people.
05

Implement Policies and Decision Making Standards

You will commit to the development of specific policies to implement the Charter and to review any existing policies to ensure that they support its requirements. It will be vital that your organisation ensures that its decision making supports the aims, principles and values of the Charter.
06

Work with Partners

Your organisation will work with stakeholders and partners to encourage and support them to adopt and implement the Charter, to share good practice and learn from other Charter Signatories and to participate in any forums that exist to support the implementation of the Charter.
07

Track and Report on Progress

This means taking action all year round to implement the Charter by reporting on progress and making it available to partners, services users/customers and other stakeholders.