Council in Straight Ally programme

Straight Ally Doug Milne and equalities officer Caroline Tough.
Straight Ally Doug Milne and equalities officer Caroline Tough.

Aberdeenshire Council has announced its participation in the Straight Ally programme run by equalities charity Stonewall Scotland.

As part of the programme, which focuses on supporting lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) people in the workplace, a number of Straight Allies have been appointed within the council.

The term ‘Straight Ally’ describes a heterosexual person who believes that LGB people should experience full equality in the workplace and who uses their role to create a culture where this can happen.

Garioch area manager, Doug Milne, has been appointed a senior Straight Ally.

He 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 LGB.

“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.”

More information about the role of a Straight Ally please visit http://bit.ly/straightallies

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.

Aberdeenshire Council is committed to protecting all the nine characteristics described above.

For further information please visit https://aberdeenshire.gov.uk/Equalities/index.asp