Solicitor's regulator supports Pride and a diverse legal profession
As part of its continued work to encourage a diverse profession, the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) is supporting the Birmingham and London Pride festivals for a second year.
SRA staff will be joining the Birmingham Pride parade this Saturday (28 May) and the Pride in London parade on Saturday (25 June). The marches take to the streets of both cities to celebrate lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) culture.
Recent research by the SRA on sexual orientation showed around 3% of solicitors identify as lesbian, gay or bisexual. This compares with an estimate from Stonewall of between 5-7% of the wider population.
Paul Philip, SRA Chief Executive, said: "We are delighted to support both Pride festivals again. The parades are a celebration but we will also taking pride in getting across a serious message - that a diverse legal profession matters.”
"Encouraging diversity in legal services is not about ticking boxes. It is, of course, the right thing to do, but it also about making sure the sector is as competitive as possible and, importantly, understands the needs of people who want to use legal services. There should not be any barriers stopping the best people - whatever their background - thriving in law, or for people from any community who want to access legal services."
Further information about Birmingham Pride is available at www.birminghampride.com, and further information about London Pride is available at www.prideinlondon.org.