Liberty's Pride Network

Liberty's Pride Network

We asked members to share insight about why they find the network important, their achievements and bold plans for the future.

April Kenneally
April Kenneally 24 Jun 2021 ・ 3 min read

What does Liberty’s Pride Network do?

The Liberty Pride Network seeks to celebrate the LGBTQIA+ community, provide a safe space for identifying team members and help to improve the quality of life for all involved. The Pride Network aims to do this through education and awareness of events and social activities for Liberty team members.

The main actions of the Pride Network include:

  • Provide insight into key events within the LGBTQIA+ community.

  • Host regular workshops.

  • Be a fundamental support network for members.

  • Contribute to a truly inclusive culture at Liberty.

Why is the Pride Network important?

The network provides visibility for the LGBTQIA+ community and gives members confidence in a safe and inclusive working environment where they can be authentically themselves.

What are the proudest moments within the Pride Network so far?

The Pride Network is pleased to be providing ongoing education and peer support throughout the Liberty community. A highlight has been fundraising for Switchboard (a peer-driven support service for LGBTQIA+ communities) and HAAG (Housing for the Aged Action Group).

What is the Pride Network’s goals for the next 12 months?

The network will continue to be a resource for the Liberty community, providing support and education. The Pride Network seeks to maintain trajectory by highlighting significant days in the LGBTQIA+ calendar and bolstering inclusion through internal and community initiatives. In addition, the network plans to evolve and expand to include allies within the Liberty community. 

It underpins the genuine caring culture of our community that is clearly committed to providing a safe space for all its staff. I’m proud of our Pride Network!

How has being involved with the Pride Network enhanced your experience at Liberty?

When asked how the network has improved their Liberty experience, members responded with pride and purpose.

"It’s given me time and space to explore issues impacting the LGBTQIA+ community and be part of the change we want to see within the Liberty community."

"I can bring a lived experience to our network which helps support other members and provide feedback to our leadership."

"A greater sense of self-awareness, allowing me to be able to give back to the community."

"It underpins the genuine caring culture of our community that is clearly committed to providing a safe space for all its staff. I’m proud of our Pride Network!"

What tips would you give to…

Someone unsure if they should join a pride network?

Go along to the next workshop and see what it’s all about! While there’s some time involved, the results are rewarding, and it provides a support network for everyone.

A person wanting to start a pride network within their company?

It’s a crucial support network and provides visible evidence that a company is committed to diversity and inclusion. A pride network provides a platform for awareness of issues facing the LGBTQIA+ community and improves their experience in the workplace.

A senior leader within their company?

Be open to more LGBTQIA+ community involvement. It shows that your company is providing a safe and inclusive environment for employees.

Find out more about Liberty’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

April Kenneally
April Kenneally Author
April Kenneally is a writer for Liberty, with a passion for corporate social responsibility, personal finance and foreign affairs. She enjoys learning languages, planning her next travel adventure and being surrounded by dogs. April has a Bachelor of Arts and Business from UTAS and a Master of International Relations from Monash University.