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DLA piper supports International Transgender Day of Visibility
20 Apr 2017
Region: EMEA

DLA piper supports International Transgender Day of Visibility

The UK Government Equalities Office found that for 88 percent of trans employees, an ignorance of transgender issues is the biggest challenge they face within the workplace. This is why DLA Piper marked International Transgender Day of Visibility on Friday Friday 31 March, by partnering with transgender charity Sparkle to raise awareness of the trans community and the extent of discrimination they are facing.

All DLA Piper UK offices collected donations for Sparkle, supporting its aims of furthering understanding and acceptance of trans, non-binary, and gender-questioning people across society.

DLA Piper employee and Iris member, Jodie Nice, said "I am extremely lucky to work for an organisation that encourages everyone to be themselves and truly embraces diversity. I am proud to be a part of Iris (DLA Piper's LGBT+ group) and to be given the opportunity to work alongside Sparkle. As a gay woman, I consider myself part of the LGBT+ community as a whole - I feel that it is my personal duty to support such causes where I am able to."

Jane Owen, Chair of the Sparkle Board of Trustees added "We are grateful for DLA Piper's support. The money raised will be used to deliver our programme of events and initiatives, which help challenge stigma and build cohesion within society."

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