London North Eastern Railway (LNER) will be leading Pride celebrations on the East Coast route this summer.
York, Edinburgh and Doncaster are among the locations LNER will be supporting Pride celebrations over the coming months. LNER will be decorating stations in Pride colours and a free glitter bar will be available to help visitors and customers add some extra sparkle to the celebrations.
To launch the Summer of Pride, LNER staff from across the business welcomed organisers from all three of the Pride events at York Station alongside the LNER Pride Train. Adorned with a rainbow LNER logo and a rainbow heart, the train will travel up and down the East Coast, encouraging people to share their love for Pride by using #trainbow on social media.
LNER community partners, the Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) will also be taking part in the Pride activity and using the events as a way of promoting the Mental Health support they offer.
Jennie Pitt, People Engagement and Corporate Responsibility Manager at LNER, said: “We are really focused on creating an inclusive workforce where our people feel able to be themselves at work.
“We’re therefore delighted to be involved in Pride events across our route. It’s a brilliant way for us to demonstrate our support for the LGBT+ community and to help our customers and employees get involved in the celebrations.”
Greg Stephenson, Chair of York Pride, said: “We are thrilled to be working with LNER, their commitment to Equality and Diversity for employees and customers alike is wonderful to see. It wouldn’t be possible for the York Pride team to deliver our event, which has grown to become the largest free one-day event in York, without the support and sponsorship of large local employers like LNER.
“It’s great to see the Trainbow train still proudly running on the east coast mainline which proves LNER’s commitment to the LGBT+ community”
In addition to the work they undertake to support Pride events, LNER recently signed up to an industry #nobystander campaign led by the Transport Salaried Staffs’ Association (TSSA) which demonstrates their support for an inclusive and diverse culture. As part of this work LNER has also signed up to the Stonewall Diversity Champions programme, specially focussed on creating a supportive working environment for their LGBT colleagues.
TSSA Organising Director, Nadine Rae, said: “It’s really great to see LNER signing our No Bystander pledge and I pay tribute to them for getting on board. Commitment like this is crucial if we are to transform the rail industry – making it inclusive for LGBT+ people by 2025 in accordance with our Inclusive Rail campaign.
“With our partners at Stonewall we want to encourage and educate our workforce, reaching out across the rail industry. So, I now hope to see other train operators signing the pledge, showing acceptance and refusing to be a bystander!”