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Being an LGBT role model

By John Glenton, Executive Director Care and Support and Executive Sponsor of Riverside’s LGBT staff network Spectrum Experience tells me that having visible LGBT role models can have a transformative impact on creating a truly inclusive workplace and society. We shouldn’t underestimate the impact that visibility makes to people, it makes a difference when it’s

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Supporting the trans community

By Jenny Crocker, Service manager and Co-chair of Riverside’s LGBT staff group Spectrum Last weekend several Spectrum committee members went to show their support for the trans community during Manchester’s Sparkle Weekend. This is the fourth year Riverside has attended Sparkle and we are proud to say that once again we were the only housing

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How can a white Welsh girl be the leader for Origin?

By Cris McGuinness, Chief Financial Officer On joining Riverside, as a lesbian, I half expected to be a role model for our lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) staff group Spectrum. I never in a million years expected to be asked to be the Executive Sponsor for Origin, the staff network for black, Asian and

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Celebrating LGBT Pride Month

By Danny Briggs, Housing Services Processing Officer and Communications Officer for Riverside’s LGBT staff group Spectrum Having looked back over 2019 so far, one thing seems to stand out over others in relation to LGBT issues – teaching about LGBT relationships in schools. This has been a controversial topic to say the least. Since January

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Dark times remembered in LGBT History Month

By John Glenton, Executive Director of Care and Support and Executive Champion of Riverside’s LGBT staff network Spectrum Last month saw the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, the Nazi concentration camp which was responsible for the death of around 1.1 million people. Jews, Poles, Roma people, Soviet Prisoners of War and others were

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Why we all need allies

By Ian Gregg, Director of Asset Services I grew up as a white, middle class, heterosexual male just south of Stockport. I attended a posh school, albeit on an assisted place scheme, so am well aware of the benefits and privileges, and limited discrimination, these diversity/socio-economic characteristics bring. This privilege led to me living quite

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Celebrating Bi Visibility Day

By Jenny Crocker, Co-Chair of Riverside’s LGBT staff network Spectrum Since 1999, Bi Visibility Day has been held on September 23, and is a day to recognise and celebrate bisexuality, bisexual history, community and culture. Bisexual and bi are umbrella terms used to refer to sexual orientations which express sexual and/or emotional attraction to more

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How can you help to prevent suicide?

By Fran Stulberg, Chair of Riverside’s disability staff network Enable Today is World Mental Health Day, this year focusing on suicide prevention. But why is it so important to raise awareness? We know that suicide is preventable, not inevitable and here at Riverside our Enable staff group and our 200+ mental health champions already play

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