Out at Work? Queerleaders in Property 17 August 2019

The property industry can feel intimidating and even unsafe to someone who is not a straight-identifying male or female, reveals a new Melbourne-based property group.

To counter this, Queers in Property has been created with the aim to build a safe and inclusive community for LGBTIQ+ people working in the property and construction sectors, what it describes as typically a heteronormative environment.

A recent study by Diversity Council of Australia and RMIT University, which involved conversations with more than 1600 members of the LGBTIQ+ community, shows the significance for organisations to build on diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

“Being a queer woman in property isn’t easy,” Riverlee marketing manager and Queers in Property founder Meg Patten said.

“Simply because we are a double minority and there isn’t many.”

“By growing a member-focused network and being visible, we hope to empower our LGBTIQ+ community to be their most authentic self in an industry that is not always inclusive.”

Thank you The Urban Developer for sharing QIPs and most importantly the research on why inclusive environments are important. 

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