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JLL JOINS LEEDS LGBT PRIDE FOR TENTH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS


Around 30 people from our Leeds and London offices, along with friends and guests from Freehold, the UK LGBT networking group for property professionals, marched as a group in the 2016 annual Leeds Pride parade (7 August). This year’s event was the largest yet – Leeds Pride has evolved to become the biggest annual one day festival in the city centre.

Prior to the parade, we hosted a joint brunch event with law firm DLA Piper on the roof top terrace of our Leeds office. We were delighted to be joined by guest speaker Alison Lowe, chief executive of Leeds-based wellbeing charity, Touchstone, a local Councillor and a Stonewall Senior Champion. Alison gave an inspiring and entertaining talk on her role in championing equality and social change.

Jeff Pearey, head of Leeds office, said: “Marching at Leeds Pride was great fun and it was fantastic to see the JLL brand represented in the parade for the very first time.  It meant a huge amount to me and our internal Building Pride network group that so many people gave up their Sunday to be involved and support their LGBT colleagues and JLL’s commitment to change. 

“We are already talking about next year’s event and hope even more people from across our offices will be able to join us.”

JLL launched its own internal network over two years ago called Building Pride. The network exists to JLL's Building Pride aims to promote diversity within JLL and the property sector to create a secure, respectful and accepting environment where LGBT professionals are empowered to reach their full potential. Since its launch, the group has been commended by Stonewall, the lesbian, gay, bi and trans equality charity, and has ranked highly amongst our property peers in the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index. Most recently, the network was shortlisted for Network Group of the Year in the British LGBT Awards 2016.