One of the founding principles of the National Assembly is the concept of equality of opportunity. The Assembly believes that everyone deserves to be treated with fairness, dignity and respect. As an organisation that engages with the people of Wales and supports our diverse workforce, the Assembly is proud to promote lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) equality.
LGBT staff at the Assembly are supported in a number of ways. For example, there is a very active LGBT staff network and inclusive staff policies such as co-parental leave and a gender reassignment policy. We also have a robust Dignity at Work policy, which sets out the Assembly’s commitment to LGBT equality and the procedures that are in place to deal with bullying and harassment.
Each year, the Assembly enters a submission to Stonewall’s Workplace Equality Index, a national benchmarking tool to rank the top gay-friendly organisations in the UK. We are very proud to be ranked 20 in the index and to have been recognised as having the best employee network group in Wales in 2012.
One staff member summed up the experience of being gay working here when he said “it took me three years to come out in my old job; it took me less than three weeks to do the same here. It was clear straight away that everyone is accepted for who they are. I was able to be the new guy, not the new gay.”