Love and Pride take to the streets of Birmingham

24 May, 2017

One Global Mobility Tax partner, Brian Ashmead-Siers, blogs on why as an openly gay partner at PwC he will be joining LGBT colleagues from across the business community at Birmingham Pride this weekend.

 

As ‘Love and Pride’ take to the streets for Birmingham Pride this weekend, the LGBT community will be celebrating diversity and inclusion.

I joined PwC three months ago as partner to lead its One Global Mobility tax team. I am proud to be an openly gay partner at PwC and work in such an inclusive environment and city.

Happily married to my husband, Nick, for the past 10 years, and having been together for the past 16 years, we have benefited from the numerous legislative changes that have advanced our equality in this country. It means a lot to me both professionally and personally to be out and proud.

Birmingham Pride is celebrating its 20th festival this weekend, and is expecting 2017 to be its biggest parade to date – with a theme of Love and Pride.

Last year saw over 100 organisations and groups participating with 5,000 people creating a convoy through the city, representing LGBT venues, groups, sport teams, unions, religious and political organisations and commercial companies. This year we are hoping for an even bigger attendance to celebrate inclusion and diversity in Birmingham..

The Pride festival is an opportunity for people to come together as a LGBT community in the city and celebrate the diversity that Birmingham offers.

At PwC, diversity and inclusiveness are huge priorities for us. To have impact and serve our communities, our stakeholders and our clients, we need diverse talent. To solve the problems our stakeholders are facing, we need diverse talent. To build trust across different points of view, we need diverse talent. It’s imperative we attract, retain and develop diverse professionals to spur innovation, drive growth and sustain competitive advantage in the marketplace.

GLEE@PwC is our inclusive business network for gays, lesbians and everyone else. It's all about breaking down the barriers of difference and connecting people, celebrating that we’re all unique regardless of our sexuality, race, gender, religion or ability.

Prior to joining PwC I worked at another leading advisory firm, leading its global mobility team in the Midlands, and whilst there I was involved in setting up the Alliance Network – a local, professional LGBT network that works alongside our own Glee network for LGBT staff.

This year PwC will have a presence at Pride events around the UK. For the first time PwC Midlands will be taking part in the walking parade alongside other organisations and members of the Alliance Network.

We will be joining the walking parade with colleagues, friends, family and partners to demonstrate our positive support for the LGBT community and PwC’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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