H&A Protection Services actively encourage a diverse workforce and aim to overcome such barriers in our security roles including homophobia and racism. With it being Pride Month, we felt it only apt to highlight some of the opportunities and efforts we go to to ensure a fair workplace and create awareness of LGBTQ+.
As well as being a month-long celebration, Pride month is also an opportunity to peacefully protest and raise political awareness of current issues facing the community. Parades are a prominent feature of Pride month, and there are many street parties, community events, poetry readings, public speaking, street festivals and educational sessions all of which are covered by mainstream media and attracting millions of participants. 2020 however is different. With the effects of Covid-19, it has meant events are cancelled and virtual celebrations are the norm.
One of our management team, Detection Operations Manager, Derren Fitton feels strongly about this cause which is close to her heart.
“Being a female in the security industry we face numerous barriers including equality and gender bias. Further issues derive as a gay female in a male dominated industry. I have personally been insulted with every word under the sun, been spat at and physically abused because I don’t look like your ‘typical female’. I have had previous workplaces comment on my sexuality which made me feel at unease and persecuted.
Thankfully, there is a very strong supportive Management team at H&A Protection Services who are always available for advice and empowerment as well as strongly implementing anti-bullying policies which cover such topics as sex discrimination and Sexual Orientation Regulation Act 2004. We should not tolerate bullying, violence, or a hate crime of any aspect.
I have always been passionate about security and events and thankfully I have had the opportunity to work PRIDE events nationwide. I have, and will always, be an advocate for these events as a celebration of culture. I would however love to be part of even more whether it be through the detection side of Explosive sweeps or passive drug searches to ensure a safe environment for all.”
Although June is PRIDE month, we encourage this all year round by teaching tolerance, education in pride history and continuing to move forward in equality and support LGBTQ foundations. Check out our policies and procedures at www.haprotectionservicesco.uk/about/policies-procedures/