People from across the Tideway project will join InterEngineering at this year’s Pride in London parade to promote the message that the construction industry is open to everyone.
Tideway has participated in the parade each year since 2017 with the message of “changing the face of construction” and this year will partner with InterEngineering which is a network of LGBT+ engineers and individuals from the sector with an aim to connect, inform and empower LGBTQ+ engineers and their supporters to promote greater inclusion in engineering. Other organisations joining on Saturday 1 July who also work on the Tideway project include Amey and Murphys.
Business Services & HS&W Director and Executive Sponsor of Tideway’s LGBT Encompass network Steve Hails said: “Pride is a time for all LGBTQ+ people and their allies to celebrate diversity. While progress has been made, we are seeing an increase in negativity and discrimination towards the LGBTQ+ community and we must continue to do our part in construction to call out discrimination where we see it and to ensure it becomes a more inclusive industry for everyone.”
“Research shows that more than half of LGBTQ+ individuals in the construction industry do not feel comfortable being open about their sexuality or gender identity on construction sites. I’m proud of the work done by our Encompass network to try to change that and we’re delighted to join our colleagues at InterEngineering at this year’s parade to promote the industry as welcoming to all.”
InterEngineering’s Dr. Mark McBride-Wright MBE said: “We are delighted to be joined by our friends from Tideway at this year’s Pride in London parade as we work together to foster greater inclusion in engineering and construction. Tideway is a long-time supporter of InterEngineering and we’re thrilled to have them join us at this year’s parade to support our theme ‘Let’s champion change together and let our voices be heard.’”
Tideway has previously been shortlisted three years in a row as a ‘Top 10 Inclusive Companies’ by the British LGBT Awards while Steve Hails has been named as a Top 10 Corporate Ally.