Diversity & Inclusion

LGBTQ & Allies

For me, the importance of the LGBTQ+ and Allies network at KN rests on how much awareness I have gained, and the feeling of warmth, respect and generosity that radiates from the network, particularly from its leaders. I know that it is a very safe and supportive place, wherein anyone can feel like they belong.”

Úna Campbell (she/her), Legal Apprentice

Kingsley Napley is committed to bringing colleagues and allies together in a shared aim of creating an LGBTQ+ inclusive workplace and community, where we can all reach our full potential without fear of discrimination. 
 

Our LGBTQ and Allies network  is an active and engaging sub-group of Kingsley Napley's Diversity and Inclusion group. Our network celebrates days of specific LGBTQ importance throughout the year. We attend external events and hold monthly meetings where we come together to work towards an inclusive workplace. We create a supportive and welcoming space for LGBTQ and allies across the firm, which is reflected in our inclusive firm benefits and policies.  We are proud to be Stonewall Diversity Champions and members of the Law Society Diversity and Inclusion Charter.  

Here's just some of what we did in 2021.

  • As part of LGBT History Month, we created an information leaflet and held discussions within the firm
  • evolved all our corporate policies to ensure they are fully inclusive, including removing all gendered pronouns from KN letterheads and arranging training and awareness sessions.
  • marked days of relevance during the calendar, such as Lesbian and Bisexual Visibility Weeks and Non-binary people’s day with a variety of blogs, advice and social media activities
  • ensured our new office, which opened in Summer 2021, is fully inclusive, including the introduction of rainbow lanyards for all staff during their induction and the appropriate labelling of the toilets.
  • on Transgender Day of Visibility, Stonewall provided virtual training to over 50 colleagues, while we also donated to the Outside Project.
  • donated financially and with IT equipment to LGBTQ+ charities the Outside Project and Rainbow Migration.

LGBTQ bulletin board

LGBTQ bulletin board

Oslo tragedy reminds us why Pride still matters

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2012-2022: Why Pride Still Needs to be a Protest

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2002-2012: A decade when Parliament put right two significant wrongs

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1992-2002: Mermaids, Consent, and Gaytime TV too

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1982-1992 – Strength in Numbers

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1975-2022: An Interview with Queer Strike

1975 – 2022: An interview with Queer Strike

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Celebrating Trans Day of Visibility

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Hidden from History; Why We Should Rediscover The True Stories Behind Queer Art & Culture

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Banning conversion therapy: how the UK Government proposals fall short and risk criminalising gender identity counselling services

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Drag queens and activism: a story of political realness

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Coming out? How to support your friends and family members when they come out to you.

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When the arch of the rainbow actually casts a shadow on you.

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Three years on, the UK Government is still ‘’dragging its feet’’ about banning gay conversion therapy.

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"They will say I’m pushing an agenda. But the truth is, I am.” - The rise of queer artists and the importance of visibility

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Visibility, Unity and Equality: out and proud in the legal sector

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Pride 2021 blog series: Things not to say to same-sex parents

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The importance of LGBTQ+ spaces on International Day against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia

By Emily Elliott

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The lionesses: how female footballers are tackling equality with pride

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Network members attend seminar on gender-neutral drafting, sponsored by InterLaw

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Kingsley Napley listed in the “Top 25 in the Legal Sector” of the Workplace Equality Index 2019

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Letter to a Homophobe

by Melinka Berridge

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Kingsley Napley's LGBTQ+ Blog Series 2020

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Hidden Flags

By Mary Young

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Pray the gay away: cull conversion therapy worldwide

By Sameena Munir

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#IDAHOBIT day 2019

Two thirds of LGBTQ people still being harassed at work: IDAHOBIT is a timely reminder of the work that still needs to be done

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LGBTQ & Allies Network members attend (and win) quiz in support of The Outside Project - the Uk's first LQBTIQ+ community shelter and centre

Kingsley Napley Pride lanyards #Pride2019

More rainbows, but also more hate crime: why Pride is still so important in 2019

By Emily Elliott

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The new standard of proof in asylum claims: a major step backwards for LGBTQI+ asylum seekers

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