Our commitment to being ever more progressive in strengthening and promoting the rule of law and a vibrant, diverse, legal community has not lessened
Pride 2020 - Our Commitment
Today the Inner Temple has again raised the Pride flag, which will fly throughout the weekend. We have done this each year since 2018 at the start of the London Pride weekend and in 2019 we also had the opportunity to take part in the march. A group of Benchers, members and staff, including me, were proud to accompany our colleagues from across the legal profession along the Pride route. We marched to demonstrate clearly our commitment to LGBTQ+ rights; and to show that the Inn wants to welcome everyone, no matter their background, lived experience or sexuality.
This year, there’s no physical Pride march. This is understandable, but our commitment to being ever more progressive in strengthening and promoting the rule of law and a vibrant, diverse, legal community has not lessened. I was proud that the Inn could continue to promote understanding through our new In Focus event series this year. The In Focus series aims to have open and frank discussions with members and prospective barristers about issues that under-represented groups in the profession may face, and to discuss the progress being made and the distance still to go. The format is a roundtable, to encourage attendees to share their experiences if they feel comfortable doing so. It was great to have over 40 participants attend the event focused on LGBTQ+. We are now reflecting on the issues raised in the discussions, so that we can adapt and change our activities to ensure everyone is properly supported and welcomed in future.
I was struck recently by a comment made in response to a recent anti-racism and anti-illegal discrimination statement by the Inn. This made clear that a member had not felt able to raise their concerns and ideas until we as an institution demonstrated our willingness to listen and act. That’s why I want to clearly reiterate our commitment to the LGBTQ+ community and demonstrate that we genuinely and warmly welcome everyone to The Inner Temple.
If you have any thoughts, comments or views please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can find out more about the Pride in London campaign which we are supporting, called #YouMeUsWe, or you can explore the history of LGBTQ+ on our Library History timeline and on the British Museum website.
Greg Dorey CVO