This year’s celebration of Pride Month will be held virtually with a series of online talks and events highlighting the experiences of LGBT+ people across the industry.
Over the last 6 years, Changing the Face of Property and its member firms have joined forces with
Freehold, Planning Out, Building Equality and others to celebrate Pride in cities across the country.
With parades cancelled this year, the group is staging “Pride in Property” a series of virtual events taking
place from 29th June to the 10th July and open to all.
Featuring a morning coffee with CEOs from some of the major Real Estate firms, a panel debate with the
LGBT+ networks, Introduction to Transgender, How to be an Ally and more. The aim is to shine a
rainbow light on the progress that the industry has been made on LGBT+ inclusion over recent years, and what more can be done.
Kelly Canterford Programme Manager of Changing the Face of Property said “Over the last 9 years the
industry has come a long way, most of the major firms have policies, networks and support in place to
enable LGBT+ people to take their whole selves to work and through the work of groups like Freehold,
Planning Out, Building Equality, Open Land and others, nobody has to feel alone in our industry. But
there is still more to do, outside of the major cities the picture looks very different and even in
metropolitan centres, trans, bi, pan, BAME LGBT people and other those with other “intersectional”
identities face a lack of understanding at best and overt discrimination at worst. We are delighted to be
able to open Pride in Property to all comers this year. To give some support to the isolated amongst our
community and education to the allies out there with questions they are too afraid to ask! I hope you’ll
all join us.
Register free for the following events at: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/pride-in-property-30500163022
Have a coffee with the CEOs – mornings 9-9.30am
Over the course of the fortnight, join CEO’s from across the real estate sector along with their LGBT+
network leads to hear about LGBT+ inclusion in their business, what they are doing to change the culture of their organisations and what Pride means to them. Followed by a live Q&A.
Introduction to Transgender with Bobbi Picard – 4pm 1st July 2020
Bobbi Picard, founder of Trans in the City and co-chair of BP Pride’s Transgender Group shares
everything you need to bring yourself up to speed with transgender; how it affects individuals, what
causes it and how society deals with the huge variety of different transgender people. Most importantly
what you can do to help and be an effective ally.
History of the First Pride – 5pm 2nd July 2020
Pride today is a celebration and a parade but its roots were based in protest and political
change. Andrew Lumsden and Dan de la Motte take us back to 1972 to tell us about the first Pride and
how far we have come.
How to be an Ally – 1pm 7th July 2020
Learn what being an Ally means, an understanding of key terminology to use and put into practice ways
in which you can be an Ally to LGBTQ+ people.
LGBTQ venues post lockdown – 5.30pm 7th July 2020 (TBC)
Many LGBT venues were struggling even before the Covid 19 pandemic. What does the future hold for
the venues and businesses that have been the bedrock of our community. Professor Ben Campkin and
Dr Lo Marshall from UCL present the results of their research “LGBTQ+ spaces in Camden, 1986-present” followed by a discussion on what this means for the property industry.
LGBT+ Networks in the Built Environment – 5.30pm 7th July 2020
In the final event of the fortnight we will be hearing from representatives from Planning Out, Freehold,
LGBT+ Property Professionals and Building Equality as they tell us about the obstacles they faced and
what businesses in the Built Environment can do to create fully inclusive workplaces for the future.
Get involved! Although we can’t participate in the Pride parades this year you can still show your support.
Send a selfie of yourself wearing any one of the inclusive rainbow colours to email@example.com
Tag yourself on Twitter and Instagram with #PrideinProperty and we will include you in our virtual pride parade posted online on our LinkedIn page
The Changing the Face of Property member companies are:
• Allsop • Avison Young • BNP Paribas • Carter Jonas • CBRE • Colliers • Cushman and Wakefield • Gerald Eve • JLL • Knight Frank • LSH • Savills