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Survey lifts lid on homophobia in the sector


This article is really disappointing, and not just because of the statistics presented (although being a gay Engineer, I have to say I don't really recognise the picture being painted here and have never had any issues either in the office or on site). I think NCE made some really questionable editorial choices here; particularly in the print version. Having shadow silhouettes next to the quotes (in the print version) kind of implies we're all hidden and scared to speak up, or have done something wrong, and it represents a bigger issue: the article suggests LGBT Engineers are disengaged with the industry because of a lack of LGBT role models in the profession, and then fails to (fully) name, profile or picture a single LGBT Engineer, leaving everything anonymous and statistical instead. I think the choice to expand the conversation around diversity is important (as a "non-standard Engineer I find the whole "women in construction," angle extremely tiresome and over-wrought), but a lot of opportunities were missed in this article. Hopefully it's just the start of a bigger initiative.

Posted date

28 August, 2015

Posted time

9:21 am