Why we need an LGBTQ+ Business Directory

Why is it important to support LGBTQ+ businesses?

Society has come a long way in accepting and promoting the rights of LGBTQ+ individuals. Still, that doesn’t mean the challenges of this community are a thing of the past. Those in the LGBTQ+ community face discrimination and additional hurdles on their paths to business success and personal happiness.

This is why it’s more important than ever to show support and use your voice for good. While every day is an opportunity to take a stand for what you believe is right, show your solidarity with LGBTQ+ owned businesses.

queerys has been faced with many questions as to why a directory of LGBTQ+ businesses is needed and so we have answered them!

Why is it important to create spaces that are welcoming and safe for Queer/LGBTQ+ people?

Many lesbian, gay and bisexual people don’t feel able to be open about their sexual orientation at work for fear of discrimination, bullying or harassment. One in five LGBTQ+ people have experienced a hate crime or incident because of their sexual orientation and/or gender identity, in the last 12 months. Four in five anti-LGBTQ+ hate crimes and incidents go unreported, with younger people particularly reluctant to go to the police. Is it any wonder LGBTQ+ people search out safe spaces when looking at businesses?

In more than half of the world’s countries, LGBTQ+ people aren’t protected against workplace discrimination. Same-sex relationships are still criminalised in more than 70 nations, and 50% of LGBTQ+ students continue to suffer severe bullying at school. As a result, up to a third decide to drop out.

Having explicit LGBTQ+ spaces highlights to people that they are safe for them, and they won’t be discriminated against in any way. There are 3.6 million queer people in Britain – around 6% of the total population, and so everyone should be able to feel like themselves, and that their gender identity and sexuality will never be a barrier to getting served.

Do we still need them in this modern world?YES. What people don’t always remember about safe spaces, is that they’re born largely from necessity; queer people were particularly marginalised and had few opportunities to safely come “out,” to meet one another. Even with progressive strides across the world, there are still many people who live in the closet for fear of social repercussions or losing their employment or home.

There are also those who think the LGBTQ+ community has equality, with “you’ve got marriage” comments on every article of research. Never has a person lost their job for being straight, or been denied a flat for being straight, or been leered at or attacked by strangers for simply holding hands with their significant others. There is a level of social and systemic privilege not afforded to many members of the LGBTQ+ community, but LGBTQ+ businesses and their allies working together is a way to a better future.

Also in this modern world, we have more and more people who are travelling into the UK with different upbringings; those who have not been around LGBTQ+ people, and those who are homophobic because of lack of education on the subject. Knowing that they are in a place where they have to treat LGBTQ+ people as equals, encourages inclusivity and also educates.

Queer people, as a whole, still need and value these queer spaces.

How much more difficult it is for trans and non-binary people to find an equal representation of themselves?

Despite these outwardly visible signs of progress, many challenges persist. Likewise, a growing business case for inclusion has not translated into solid gains for the LGBTQ+ community. Research into the largest corporations for example, shows just four openly LGBTQ+ CEOs, only one of whom is female and none of whom is trans. It’s thus not surprising that LGBTQ+ women, those who are non-binary, and trans employees often feel isolated from one another in the workplace, creating a more negative workplace experience and affecting their motivation to become a top executive. This then trickles down to small businesses, and those customers who never feel they see themselves in anywhere they go.

Have people been more inclusive of LGBTQ+ people?

For many years, businesses have been working to improve their brands and their internal practices on LGBTQ+ issues, taking time to look into the culture, benefits, and marketing to welcome LGBTQ+ customers with the main messaging being inclusivity and openness.

More companies are speaking up on public policy impacting the LGBTQ+ community, and many are doing so in places where they are putting their brands on the line — especially when it comes to whether businesses can refuse to serve the queer folk – think the wedding cake debacle.

But there is a long way to go. To be an ally, means not to just state that you are an ally and that you are inclusive, but to act on it. If someone is being openly homophobic in your establishment, you tell them to leave, or educate them on why they’re wrong.

“Inclusion is an active thing, you can’t just not be homophobic, and expect queer people to know that or feel comfortable using your space”. – Pink Peacock

How do you find LGBTQ spaces who are inclusive?

That’s where queerys comes in!

queerys was started to help businesses in the UK during Covid, but it quickly became a way to support LGBTQ+ businesses and those who are allies. We want you to feel safe when you travel.

We want to inspire and support LGBTQ+ people to take a career path they desire through positive representation and visibility in every industry.

What we hope to achieve.

Creating safe spaces for queer people is important for true equality for all. There is a collective responsibility to challenge the current system and the oppression it creates. Creating safe spaces for all is a way of collectively moving forward to a fairer and kinder future.

queerys wants to inspire people to achieve anything they want regardless of how they identify. And if you create anything; you’ll be on our site!

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