Chime launches internal LGBTQ network

Global sport, entertainment and communications group Chime is launching a LGBTQ network across its 54 agencies.

Called ‘Chime Q’, the network provides staff with the chance to learn from experts, share personal experiences and build connections across the group, which has 2,500 employees worldwide.

Chime Q will work with with organisations like Stonewall, NABS, LBWomen, UK Black Pride, InterComms, PrideAM and Out for Sport to run events on a wide range of topics, such as the power of diversity, the benefits of having a mentor and the importance of working on mental health at work.

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The launch event, which takes place on 24 January, will include speeches from Lord Seb Coe, Jan Gooding and Phyll Opoku-Gyimah on the power of bringing your full self to work.

"Even in 2019, we are bombarded with concerning statistics about the number of LGBTQ workers in the UK who feel they can’t come out at work, or experience LGBTQ-phobia in their workplace. We’ve worked hard as a group to foster an inclusive, open, and welcoming environment, but we know there is always more work to do," said Chime Q co-founder and Teamspirit ECD James Maxwell.

"As communication experts, we need to work in a representative and inclusive way through all our processes, hiring and culture. We need every single employee to feel supported. And we need straight allies to be vocal with their support, taking a stand in our industry and society at large."

Chime chief operating office Jo Parker added: "Our proposition is built around people, and it’s fantastic to see Chime Q join our women’s network Grapevine to further bolster our diversity and inclusion work.

"Each of our agencies will benefit from the increased integration and networks that Chime Q enables, fostering our inclusive and dynamic culture."

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