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A space for LGBTQ+ Hippos and allies.

How to join

You can:

We have a call on the first Tuesday of each month. Details about how to join are pinned in the #pride channel on Slack.

I’m an ally, how can I help?

An ally is a person who confronts heterosexism, sexism, homophobia, biphobia, transphobia and heterosexual privilege in themselves and others out of concern for the well-being of LGBTQ+ people.

Simply calling yourself an ‘ally’ of the LGBTQ+ community is not enough. It requires active participation and notable gestures of support for the people around you. A good ally understands how to lift up not just broad LGBTQ+ voices but black LGBTQ+ voices, LGBTQ+ sex workers’ voices, and trans people’s voices, among other marginalised LGBTQ+ identities.

As an ally, you can:

  • join the #pride channel on Slack to keep updated on key events and experiences
  • not make assumptions about people’s sexuality and gender identity
    be open, honest and apologise if you make a mistake such as using someone’s wrong pronoun
  • call out discriminatory language and behaviour to Hippo leadership
  • further call out discriminatory language and behaviour outside of work. The LGBT Foundation provides guidance on what to do if you experience or witness discrimination
  • highlight where Hippo Digital policies, documentation and procedure need amending to support LGBTQ+ colleagues
  • offer your advice and time to LGBTQ+ colleagues when they need support around their sexuality and gender identity
  • ensure your preferred pronouns are included in your Slack profile and email signature. For example: “My preferred pronouns are: they/them/theirs | Why have I included this?
  • actively seek out ways to further your education and understanding of the LGBTQ+ community and the challenges they may face. Stonewall’s allyship page and their Coming Out for LGBT page are good places to start

Key dates

Our key dates page contains information about:

  • pride celebration and protest dates
  • noteworthy and historic LGBTQ+ dates


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