Sapphire is a closed group specifically designed for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) people who identify or may be perceived as women in the workplace. This includes cisgender women, transgender women, and non-binary people who may be perceived as female or feminine. Far fewer LGBTQ woman and non-binary people are out at work than gay men, this is evident in the makeup of many LGBTQ employee networks. We understand that LGBTQ women and non-binary people have unique challenges to face within the workplace, tackling not only being, or being perceived as, a woman at work, but being an LGBTQ woman or non-binary person that may have to daily tackle the innuendo, stereotyping and negative connotations that this can entail.   You may be out and proud and wanting to mentor, offer advice. You may be out to some but wary of career impacts.  You may not be out at all. You are welcome.

The group  provides a safe forum for discussion and includes invitations to events, discussion groups and online forums.  This group will be instrumental in determining the boundaries of the group, how we can best promote inclusion within our workplaces, seek role models, be role models, offer ideas and support other women and non-binary people who may struggle with being themselves at work. To cover sensitivities around identification, we are not making this group available to people who do not identify as LGBTQ women or non-binary people who may be perceived as female or feminine, unless personally endorsed by someone within this group and an employee of a Pride Inclusions Programs member organisation.  Personal endorsement should only be given if a member feels that this person is committed to LGBTQ inclusion and in particular in seeing more out female and non-binary role models. People who fall into this category should complete the form, identifying themselves as an ally, and providing the name of their sponsor. 

This group is managed by Nicki Elkin & Jessica Mayers, Relationship Managers, Pride in Diversity.  For more information on this group, please contact Nicki on 0439 220 039 or Jess on 0491 690 086.
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