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I’m not much of a football fan, so for me this summer is all about spending time with friends in the sun, eating lots of ice cream and going to pride.

This will be the sixth year I’ve walked with the Co-op in Manchester Pride, one of nine we’re supporting across the country. We’re expecting more than 500 colleagues to walk with us, with many more showing their support on social media using #prideincoop.

It’s not only colleagues that are getting involved, over 50 of our stores and funeral homes will be getting a special pride make over.

Why do we support Pride?

LGBT+ rights have come a long way in a short period of time, but being openly LGBT+ can still be really hard. Recent research done by Stonewall shows that one in six LGB people in the UK has experienced a hate crime over the past year, with that figure rising for two in five for trans people.

Supporting Pride, as well as making our polices, processes and products / services as inclusive as they can be, shows LGBT+ colleagues that they can be themselves and build a career here. One of the reasons I joined the Co-op because I’d seen them at Pride and knew they had an active LGBT+ network, and that gave me comfort that it’d be a place where I could be happy.

How can you get involved?

We kicked off our pride season in Blackpool at the beginning of June, but there’s still plenty more opportunities for colleagues to get involved, so take a look at where we’ll be and sign up.

Our support for LGBT+ people is largely driven by our volunteer LGBT+ colleague network, Respect. Anyone is welcome to join, whether they identify as LGBT+, or not. If you’re interested in finding out more, drop us an email.

Amelia Cargo
Communications Manager and Respect Steering Group member

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