LGBTQIA+ acceptance in supply chain and logistics

By North Star Projects

17 Jun 2024

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As we mark the 55th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots this June, it’s an opportune moment to reflect on the significant strides made in LGBTQIA+ community towards inclusion within the workforce, particularly the supply chain and logistics industry.

The Stonewall Riots were a pivotal turning point for the LGBTQIA+ community, igniting a movement that has profoundly impacted workplaces, fostering a more inclusive and supportive environment across various industries and sectors, including logistics.

Celebrating Influential LGBTQIA+ Industry Leaders

Pride Month is not only a time for celebration but also for recognising the remarkable contributions of LGBTQIA+ leaders who have paved the way for greater acceptance and inclusivity. From trailblazing pioneers like Florence Nightingale and Lynn Conway to contemporary champions, these individuals have left an indelible mark on their respective fields.

Florence Nightingale: A Dual Legacy in Nursing and Statistics

While Florence Nightingale (titled “The Lady with the Lamp”) is widely known for her pioneering work in nursing during the Crimean War, however her contributions to statistics and data visualisation are equally significant. Pioneering the use of infographics and data visualisation to communicate complex information, Nightingale’s innovative use of data to improve public health outcomes earned her a place as the first female member of the Royal Statistical Society and was recognised with the prestigious Order of Merit by the British government. Her rejection of Victorian heteronormative ideals of marriage have cemented her legacy as both a healthcare pioneer and a symbol of LGBTQIA+ resilience.

Lynn Conway: Revolutionising Computer Science

Lynn Conway's story is one of perseverance and innovation. Despite facing significant discrimination due to her gender transition, Conway made ground-breaking contributions to computer science, in which her work at MIT, Xerox PARC, and DARPA revolutionised VLSI microchip design, simplifying chip design processes and tools.

Conway is credited with the invention of generalised dynamic instruction handling, a critical advancement that significantly improves the performance of modern computer processors. Her work has had a lasting impact on technology and serves as an inspiration for LGBTQIA+ professionals in all fields.

Key Dates in LGBTQIA+ History Relevant to Industry

Reflecting on key moments in LGBTQIA+ history helps us appreciate the progress made and recognise the ongoing challenges. Some significant dates include:

  • 1969: The Stonewall Riots ignite the modern LGBTQIA+ rights movement.
  • 1970: The establishment of the London Gay Liberation Front. 
  • 1973: The American Psychiatric Association removes homosexuality from its list of mental disorders.
  • 1988: The formation of Stonewall UK,
  • 1992: The World Health Organisation declassifies homosexuality as a mental illness.
  • 2008: LGBT Truckers is founded to provide a supportive community for LGBTQIA+ individuals in the trucking industry.

Equality in the Trucking Industry

The logistics industry has always valued hard work, and the trucking sector exemplifies this principle. Despite historical challenges, efforts to promote equality have been significant. LGBT Truckers, founded in 2008 after a gay trucker was brutalised at a truck stop, now has over 5,300 members, providing a vital support network for LGBTQIA+ individuals in the industry.

According to a blog by Women in Trucking, "LGBT Truckers now has more than 5,300 members," highlighting the growing community and the importance of support and acceptance in the industry. Additionally, NPR reports that while minorities account for 42 per cent of truck drivers, the industry is still predominantly male. However, the drive to diversify recruitment efforts is strong, with the goal of addressing the significant shortage of drivers by embracing diversity in all forms.

The Future of LGBTQIA+ Inclusion in Logistics

The importance of LGBTQIA+ inclusion is underscored by the changing demographics of the workforce. According to EY's 2024 LGBTQ+ Workplace Barometer, Gen Z is significantly more likely to identify as LGBTQ+, and they are set to comprise 30 per cent of the workforce by 2030 . This shift necessitates that employers deepen their focus on LGBTQ+ inclusion, visibility, and engagement through comprehensive and actionable initiatives.

Recognising Inspirational Leaders of 2024

As we honour past pioneers, we also take a moment to recognise the inspirational leaders of today. The British LGBTQIA+ Awards 2024 celebrate individuals who continue to drive progress and champion equality within their fields. 

For more information on the inspirational leaders of 2024 and to explore their impactful work, please visit The British LGBTQIA+ Awards.

Our Commitment to Human-Centred Business Practices

At our company, we pride ourselves on being a human-centred business. We believe that while technology can enhance and enable better outcomes, it is the people who drive success. Our approach emphasises supporting individuals throughout their professional journeys, providing guidance, encouragement, and a collaborative environment.

Our commitment extends to our head office's local community, where we actively support initiatives and organizations aimed at improving the social, environmental, and financial well-being of the area. We strive to create equal opportunities in an unequal society, reinforcing our belief that everyone deserves a fair chance. We have in our small time had 60 per cent females and 40 per cent men in the history of our subcontractors and perms bucking industry norms.

As we celebrate Pride Month, let us honour the legacy of those who have fought for equality and continue to support and uplift each other in our collective pursuit of a more inclusive and equitable world. Embracing diversity not only enriches our industry but also drives innovation and success in all our endeavours.

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