This is the second year that the recruitment company has led the discussion on equality in the railway sector. The recruitment agency is working with inclusivity partner, Stonewall which is behind the Premier League backed “make sport everyone’s game” campaign to remove the stigma surrounding the LGBT+ community in sport.
Morson Group believes that many lesbian, gay, bi and trans people continue to feel that the rail industry may not welcome them.
They often feel that it is best to keep that part of themselves private in fear that people may react badly if they found out.
The company hopes to provide the workforce with the education and tools to build awareness and support members of the LGBT+ community.
Morson Group HSQE director, Gareth Morris said: “So far, we’ve seen that it’s helped to encourage conversation in what is often seen as quite a macho environment. We want people to see that it doesn’t have to be like that and that things are changing.”
?Our #RainbowLaces campaign saw hundreds of Morson track operatives being given rainbow-striped laces for their safety boots in support of the #LGBTQ+ community. We reflect on the successes of the initiative and find out more about the reaction on track: https://t.co/qrRWUM0uSk
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Salford members of the LGBTQ+ community are embracing this idea and the positivity that it spreads.
Owen Hermes Thornton (28); is an avid backer of the rainbow laces campaign. He is a University of Salford student and a member of its archery team; who are backed by the initial sports-based campaign by Stonewall.
He said: “I think it’s a great thing. […] and you’re getting huge traction with people wearing laces and just prodding acceptance of LGBT folk within sport. Moving this kind of thing across more sectors and just furthering that promotion of LGBT folk are pretty a-okay, we don’t care if you’re them or not. I can’t see it being a bad thing.”