Bumper Joins Driving Pride to Shift LGBTQ+ Inclusion Forward

Bumper Joins Driving Pride to Shift LGBTQ+ Inclusion Forward

Bumper has joined Driving Pride - a network of automotive companies working to promote LGBTQ+ inclusivity across the industry. 

Founded in 2021, the network is now backed by key industry players such as Arnold Clark, BMW, Inchcape UK, Jaguar Land Rover, Keyloop, Bentley, Carwow, and Heycar. 

Driving Pride aims to provide a safe and supportive space for LGBTQ+ people within the automotive industry by running events for employees, sharing resources for companies to improve inclusivity, and providing a forum for employees to discuss professional development. 

Although great progress has been made for LGBTQ+ inclusion in recent years there is still a great deal to do. Pride activities in the workplace are as important as ever. Reports show that many LGBTQ+ people continue to face difficulties in their careers and personal lives. 

42% of LGBQT+ pupils reported being bullied due to their sexuality or gender identity at school. This is more than double the number of non-LGBTQ+ students (12%). 48% of kids said they received little or no support for dealing with their sexual orientation or gender identity. 

In higher education, 7% of lesbian, gay, and bisexual students experienced discrimination from university employees due to their sexual orientation and in the workplace, more than a third of LGBTQ+ staff (35%) have hidden their identity. 

Many LGBTQ+ people face prejudice in their personal lives too. 64% of LGBTQ+ people have experienced violence or abuse due to their sexuality or gender identity. 

Driving Pride is an important opportunity for Bumper to continue its commitment to a diverse and inclusive workplace. The partnership will provide a wealth of resources to expand on existing diversity policies and practices.  

To find out how you can get involved as an individual or corporate partner visit the Driving Pride website. 

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