Former High Court judge Michael Kirby has been named patron of Pride In Diversity, a not-for-profit program designed to assist employers to make workplaces more positive for GLBTI employees.
Kirby said he looks forward to the role, and employers who set a good example by adopting policies of equality and acceptance should be honoured.
“This is the modern way,” he said. “It’s not only good for the employees concerned, it’s also beneficial to employers and a contribution to a ‘fair go’ community.”
The openly gay former judge has long been a supporter of GLBTI rights, encouraging institutional change and arguing that sexuality should be considered in the context of human rights.
Kirby’s appointment comes as Pride In Diversity marks one year of operation,. Director Dawn Hough said that being a high profile and respected member of the community, Kirby’s involvement is a good outcome for the program.
“We now look forward to working with Mr Kirby as we continue to expand the Pride In Diversity program and make Australian workplaces more inclusive of LGBT people,” she said.
Kirby will speak along with high-profile CEOs and other guest speakers at Pride In Diversity’s inaugural Business Luncheon and Awards to be held in May.
Pride In Diversity was established early last year in association with LGBTI health organisation ACON and the Diversity Council Australia. Founding members include IBM, the Australian Federal Police and Telstra.
The program works closely with human resources departments, diversity professionals and LGBTI community organisations and is modelled after rights lobby Stonewall UK’s highly successful Diversity Champions Program.
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