A new video highlights what it’s like to be an LGBTI engineer.
Published by InterEngineering, the video hopes to give positive role models for aspiring young LGBTI engineers.
Mark McBride-Wright, chair and co-founder of InterEngineering believes there is a lot of work to do.
‘Engineering does suffer from the stereotype of the predominantly male workforce which it contains, and with this it can mean it is difficult to be open in the workplace.
‘I have always found that by being open and bringing your whole self to work gives you the capacity for creativity and to dedicate your whole-self to your job.’
InterEngineering connects, informs and empowers LGBTI engineers with events, discussion groups and networking opportunities.
Amanda Susan McKay is a nuclear quality director for Balfour Beatty and identifies as transgender and bisexual.
She says in the video: ‘Coming out was probably the most frightening thing I’ve ever done in my whole life.
‘It was something that I felt would mean the end of my working career – the end of career prospects.
‘And it’s something that I’ve found to be completely the opposite,’ she says.
Around half of LGBTI people in engineering don’t come out
A report released in 2015 reveals over half of LGBTI engineers choose to remain in the closet.
As a result of this, these people who remain in the closet can be up to 30% less productive.
Conservative MP Alec Shelbrooke published the report and said: ‘This report not only highlights the prevalence of homophobia in the engineering industry, but also lays out a proactive approach for the sector to tackle this issue head-on.’
‘The basis of this report is to recommend that homophobic attitudes can be transformed through proactive, educational teamwork and leadership,’ Shelbrooke said.
This has been reposted from Gay Star News.
Watch the video: