ParliOUT is a Workplace Equality Network (WEN) in support of LGBT+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) people in Parliament.
A principal aim of ParliOUT is to make LGBT+ role models more visible and accessible.
The network also provides a welcoming social forum and an informal support network of people from across Parliament. With the other WENs, ParliOUT strives to create a supportive and inclusive working environment by providing support, guidance, educational and networking opportunities to all staff and Members of both Houses of Parliament.
All parliamentary passholders, including Commons and Lords staff, MPs staff and contractors are welcome to join ParliOUT, as are MPs and Peers. Membership is not restricted to people who require a platform relating to this WEN but those involved are required to respect the aims of the Network.
Stonewall Workplace Equality Index 2017
The House of Commons received its result in the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index for 2017
and we are delighted that the House has risen 88 places to rank 28 out of over 439 participating employers.
ParliOUT was also named as one of Stonewalls Highly Commended Network Groups.
Pride in London and Rainbow flag
ParliOUT annually represents the Houses of Parliament at Pride in London. The parade, held in central London, is an opportunity for LGBT+ people and their allies, to be visible and speak loudly about what they have achieved and what is still needed to make the UK a more equal place for everyone.
For the second year Parliament raised the rainbow flag. The cost of the flag was met entirely by donations from ParliOUT network members and related ParliOUT events.