A new organisation, set to provide advice and support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender parents, prospective parents, allies, parents of LGBT children and employers will launch on the 25 September with backing from from across the Square Mile, the Lord Mayor of London and the InterLaw Diversity Forum.
Given the growing number of LGBT parents who work in the City, including in law, finance and professional services, P3:Proud.Professional.Parents., will offer such professionals social engagement as they manoeuvre the challenges of LGBT parenting alongside a City career, whilst prospective parents can use P3 as a network to meet with and hear from positive role models. P3 will work with ‘ally’ colleagues and managers of LGBT parents so that they can better support their LGBT parent counterparts. And finally, P3 intends to uniquely offer all, including heterosexual, professional parents of LGBT children an opportunity to network and share knowledge.
Tuvia Borok, an Advisory Board member and co-founder of P3 commented, “P3 is unique and aims to fill an existing gap in the City – no other LGBT-focussed network transcends cross-diversity to focus on family issues alongside the pressures of a City career. P3 goes to the heart of the authenticity agenda, for which more and more organisations are making the business case. Given that the number of LGBT parents or parents of LGBT children may be limited in each organisation, the P3 target demographic cannot be so easily supported in existing networks established by individual firms. However, given critical mass across the City, P3 offers a unique opportunity for parents and employers to come together in the diversity space.”
Widespread support for P3 from the business world has already been secured, with organisations including Deloitte, Deutsche Bank, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Goldman Sachs, Jones Day, J.P. Morgan, Linklaters and Morgan Stanley amongst those backing the new network.
The Lord Mayor of London, Alderman Fiona Woolf has also endorsed the organisation, commenting, “The launch of the P3 Network with the support of the InterLaw Diversity Forum and others in the City is a huge step forward for LGBT equality in the City of London. This is another excellent example of how the Power of Diversity and harnessing collective intelligence can help us all move forward in both our professional and personal lives. With each step we move towards a stronger, more meritocratic City with the best talent to meet the needs of our businesses and the challenges of the future”.
Steven Friel, also on the Advisory Board and co-founder of P3, added, “The number of same-sex couples moving into parenthood is on the increase and they face unique challenges in managing their families and their professional lives. For employers there are issues around how to develop HR policies and navigate legal obligations to same-sex parents – in terms of maternity and paternity rights for example, and in ensuring that policies are up to date to support and protect LGBT parents. Often companies and organisations aren’t aware of the unique needs of this group and we hope that P3 will give employers a valuable resource to help guide them to best practice in supporting all of their staff, regardless of gender or sexuality.”
P3 will officially launch on the 25th September at a reception hosted by Deloitte, with opening remarks provided by Olympian and proud, professional parent Claire Harvey.