KCH Garden Square is proud to support Pride 2022.
Pride month is about acceptance, equality, celebrating the work of LGBTQIA+ people and raising awareness of issues which still affect the LGBTQIA+ community. Everyone should have the freedom to live equally and to feel safe, valued and respected.
Whilst for Pride month you might notice our socials have been taken over by The Progress Flag, we believe that our differences should be celebrated and supported all year round.
It is crucial that the Bar and the legal profession as a whole must reflect the public that it represents. We will continue to work towards making the legal profession fair, equal and accessible for everyone, supporting future generations of the Bar, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, background, ethnicity or otherwise.
KCH Garden Square and our members work hard to break down the barriers to accessing the profession and to ensure that the Bar and future members of the Bar are treated fairly and equally.
Throughout Pride month we will be featuring some of the work of our members relating to LGBTQIA+ issues and cases. This year we will also be taking part in both the Nottingham and Leicester Pride Parades. We are delighted to be participating, celebrating acceptance, diversity and inclusion and to show support to the LGBTQIA+ community.
KCH Garden Square is committed to equality, diversity and inclusion. Included within our work so far:
- We have appointed two Equality and Diversity Officers, both of whom sit on our Board of Directors to represent equality, diversity and inclusion issues
- We offer both in-person and virtual mini pupillage opportunities to make the experience available to as many individuals as possible
- A number of our Counsel within the Midland Circuit Social Mobility group, working to improve access to a career at the Bar
- We ensure that all Counsel and staff work in an inclusive environment in which they feel able to be themselves
We plan to:
- Sign up to the FreeBar Charter
- Continue our work towards ensuring the future Bar is accessible and representative of the society it serves
- Challenge any stigma wherever it arises within our professional capacities
There are lots of resources online if you need support, assistance or would like to learn more. Here are just a few organisations:
LGBT Foundation is a nationwide charity who support LGBTQIA+ people to increase their skills, knowledge and self-confidence to improve and maintain their health and wellbeing.
Stonewall are a charity that help to support and empower LGBTQIA+ communities nationwide, creating campaigns which drive positive change in public attitudes and public policy.
The Proud Trust is a national organisation that helps to support LGBTQIA+ youth, empowering the younger generation to make a positive change for themselves and their communities.