Posted: 08 May 2018 7 min. read

Beyond the Binary - Exploring the spectrum of gender identity and gender expression

How can we pave the way for a more inclusive future? There is a whole spectrum of identities that fall outside of the two culturally accepted binary genders and come under the trans umbrella. Beyond the Binary – Deloitte’s open forum event on Tuesday 17 April in association with Alexander Mann Solutions – explored how we can challenge stereotypes, better support trans and non-binary inclusion in the workplace, and make positive changes for the future.

Hear from the panel and watch a summary of the event here.

Nearly 200 people joined us. Emma Codd, Deloitte’s Managing Partner for Talent, hosted the evening. Comedian and writer Mae Martin entertained and inspired in equal measures with her personal experiences and anecdotes. This was followed by a provocative and highly engaging panel discussion involving leaders in this field from across industries.

Thought provoking. Creative. The discussions challenged perceptions and pushed us all to think about what we can do to make positive changes for the future. Has visibility for the trans community and non-binary gender identities moved on enough? How have labels and language changed and is that helpful or confusing? What can we do as a business to be sure that spaces are inclusive?

The overwhelming view was that people are happiest when they can be themselves – but there is a real lack of role models. Panel member Pips Bunce (Credit Suisse) challenged us all to be allies, to take a pledge to talk to someone in the workplace about it. If we create a butterfly effect we can start finding these role models and really make some positive changes.

Two of our other panel members, Amanda McKay (Balfour Beatty) and Paige Horton (Citi), have both found their careers have gone from strength to strength since they came out at work and feel totally included – giving great confidence and encouragement to others who are yet to be open in the workplace.

Beyond the Binary marks a year since the launch of Deloitte’s Gender Expression and Transition Policy. We all have the right to be ourselves; to have a voice, be respected, and to thrive – regardless of gender, trans status, sexuality, ethnicity, or anything else that makes us unique.
Thank you to all those who joined us and contributed to this truly inspiring evening.

If you couldn’t make the event see our video roundup here

We are thrilled that Deloitte has been named in not one but two Top 10 lists for two British LGBT Awards this year (Top Employer and Corporate Rising Star), with results announced 11 May. Not only that, but GLOBE is shortlisted for Network Group of the Year at the DIVA Awards, which celebrate the lives of lesbian, bi and trans women.

We are continuing to focus on ensuring we provide an inclusive environment at Deloitte. Interested to know more?

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