News | 17 May 2022

Vodafone expands LGBT+ event sponsorship on IDAHOBIT Day

Recognising International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia, Vodafone looks to build on its proud Pride history by doing more to support the diverse range of people who make up the LGBT+ community.

International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia – known as May 17 for short – is a worldwide celebration of sexual and gender diversities, which also highlights the violence and discrimination many communities still experience. 

To bolster support for the community, and adding to its declaration of intent for the post-pandemic summer of all summers, Vodafone is proud to sponsor National Student Pride, the biggest event of its kind in the UK. 

This adds to the company’s roster of Pride events which customers, staff and supporters are excited to celebrate across June and July this year. For many people, this will be their first Pride since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Discrimination against LGBT+ communities is sadly still a problem in today’s society. Trans and non-binary communities are often most at risk of discrimination and hate, some studies have shown. 

To help combat this prejudice, Vodafone wants to help organisations that raise awareness of the intersectionality and multiple identities that exist within society, and so within the workforce. 

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Vodafone is leading by example with improved employee training; gender-neutral language on parental leave policies where possible; and ongoing consultation with a 2,000-strong LGBT+ Friends Network.

It was these consultations that led the company to include gender-transitioning on its private health insurance – offering a quicker alternative to treatment.  

As the summer months roll round, keep an eye out on a high-street near you as Vodafone stores and offices fly the rainbow flag loud and proud. 

Speaking to the LGBT+ Friends Network, Max Taylor, Vodafone’s UK Consumer Director and the network’s executive sponsor, summarised the shared belief that “everyone deserves to be treated fairly and accepted for who they are.

“Equality without exception.” 

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