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Count your rainbows, not your thunderstorms

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15th November 2015

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Suki Sandhu, Founder and CEO of Audeliss and OUTstanding, has been named today 64th in The Independent’s ‘Rainbow List’ of 101 lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex [LGBTQI] people who are making Britain better for the community.

On hearing this great news, Suki said he felt honoured and privileged to be included and highlighted the importance of lists like these, and the OUTstanding power lists published in the Financial Times, and how they are a massive step in the right direction to normalising diversity as they show all employees that they too should be able to feel proud and accepted in their careers.

“It’s very important that people feel empowered be their authentic selves in the workplace and stop thinking, ‘I can’t succeed because I’m gay’,” he says.

In amongst the evident excitement of being placed on such an important list to the LGBTQI community, Sandhu also commented on how humbling it was to see himself on the list.

“My work is dedicated to improving the opportunities for acceptance for diverse communities at work, it’s not about me.”

“I initially wasn’t sure as to whether I’d want to be on the list as the work we do is all about who we do it for and the lives we, hopefully, can change in the process. I then realized, however, as a working-class, gay, BME male, it is my obligation to the communities I represent to showcase that you can be your authentic self and also succeed.”

Earlier this year, OUTstanding reviewed the annual reports of the FTSE 100 members. This revealed that while 99% of the annual reports refer to diversity as a whole, nearly half failed to mention policies for gay, lesbian or bisexual employees and 80% of these lacked any mention of non-discrimination policies for transgender employees.

This proves that diversity isn’t just about rhetoric and quotas and there is still such a long way to go to achieve holistic diversity in the workplace. We at Audeliss will continue to dedicate our mission to achieving greater diversity in and outside the workplace, as, as we know, this is in Suki’s DNA.

Congratulations!

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