Aberdeenshire Council has announced its participation in the Straight Ally programme run by equalities charity Stonewall Scotland, on Thursday.
The Straight Ally programme aims to promote full equality in the workplace and appoints “Straight Allies’ within organisations as to create a culture where this can happen.
As part of the programme, which focuses on supporting LGBTI people in the workplace, a number of Straight Allies have been appointed within the council.
Garioch area manager, Doug Milne, has been appointed a senior Straight Ally, and said: “Aberdeenshire Council is committed to the development of an inclusive workplace for employees of all protected characteristics.
“The Straight Ally programme is being integrated into the day-to-day workings of the council specifically so colleagues of all sexual orientations can feel comfortable being open about who they are if they chose to.
“Through Straight Allies, we are aiming to tackle feelings of isolation or fear that might exist.”
Aberdeenshire Council’s project officer for equalities and Straight Ally, Caroline Tough, said: “Equality is something I’m really passionate about so I’m delighted to be taking part in this programme.
“My two younger brothers are gay and through them I have some understanding of what it means to be LGBTI.
“Straight Allies offer a point of contact for employees and managers who are seeking support, we are here to listen as well as be visible and approachable throughout the organisation.”
Under the Equality Act (2010), the following characteristics are protected – age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation.
The purpose of the Act is to legally protect people from discrimination in the workplace and wider society.