R hondda Cynon Taf Council are celebrating International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia, by launching their Staff LGBT network, ‘Perthyn’, which translates into English as ‘Belonging’.

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council strongly believes that no-one should face hate crime, bullying, harassment or discrimination simply because of who they are. For that reason, it stands united with people and organisations across the world, who believe that everyone should ‘belong’, irrespective of sexual orientation or gender identity or any other characteristic.

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council will be flying the rainbow flag at the headquarters in Clydach Vale and the Municipal buildings in Pontypridd to mark the occasion.

Employees across the organisation are also being asked to make their own personal pledges to stand up for fairness and kindness and end bullying in all its forms as part of the Stonewall #Nobystanders campaign. Employees working within our theatres are the latest employees to step up and make this pledge.

Building on the success of the Rhondda Cynon Taf Council rank in the Stonewall Top 100 workplace index; where it came in at number 78, there will also be the launch of Perthyn and the Council’s newly formed Allies Network, on the 07th of June. Network members, employees, senior champions, senior management will all be invited to come along to a Coffee morning to find out more about Perthyn and the Councils Allies network.

Tracy Myhill, who is a Stonewall role model and the current chief executive of the Welsh Ambulance Service NHS Trust, has been invited to speak at the launch, about the importance of being a role model, together with Councillor Geraint Hopkins who is the cabinet member with responsibility for Equalities.

Martyn David who works for Rhondda Cynon Taf Council as an Entitlement Officer in the Youth Engagement and Participation Service and is the joint chairperson of ‘Perthyn’ had the following message about the importance of the network and the meaning behind its new name;

“My hope is that the network tells people from all walks of life that they belong; whether that is in the world, in this country, in this company, somewhere.

There’s never been a moment when I didn’t feel I belong in this organisation, but I know the feeling all too well in the real world. Our message to people is simple – you do belong”

 

Natalie has been an LGBT journalist for 12 years and joined the Fyne team in 2001. Her interests outside of work are cycling, running and badminton. She is also studying for a degree in psychology.

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