Founding of QIPs 10 July 2019

Three property Queerleaders deeply inspired by the quote “be who you needed when you were younger”.

Meg Patten, Ben Rowe and Rossco Karabelas formed Queers in Property to empower the LGBTIQ+ community with a strong network to help them achieve their personal and career goals.  

“We started chatting about our own journeys in property towards the end of 2017 and how we’d all struggled to chart our career paths. We all agreed that at some point being lesbian or gay has hindered our confidence and opportunities” said Meg.

The event was put together purely based on word of mouth, and an impressive graphics pack from TPA. Ben recounted that “when we started thinking about QIP’s, we each knew a gay or lesbian in the industry, and after a lot of asking around we were able to fill a boardroom”. 

At the kick off event, we spoke about why the network was necessary to a group of 15 smiling faces across many sectors within property and construction. The response was fantastic, and accordingly gave us the confidence to move to our LEGIT coming out.