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LGBT insurance provider Emerald Life team up with Diversity Role Models to tackle homophobia

By Fabio Crispim

Emerald Life, the UK’s first LGBT insurance provider, have announced that they are partnering up with Diversity Role Models (DRM) to introduce a full-facility training scheme to benefit pupils, teachers and governors at a secondary school situated near the insurance provider’s London headquarters in Borough.

Emerald Life was a supporter sponsor at last week’s British LGBT Awards and this announcement only further underlines the organisation’s commitment to putting the LGBT community at the forefront of what it does.

Schools have already benefited from Diversity Role Models’ training as 90% of young people say they would support a friend if they came out, 80% of young people would challenge homophobic, biphobic and transphobic behavior in the future.

80% of staff have said that they now understood the issues LGBT people face and 80% of governors have a better understanding of how to tackle their role in homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying.


In a statement the chairman of Emerald Life, Steve Wardlaw, said: “As a school governor myself, I find this partnership really exciting.”

“With Emerald’s support, Diversity Role Models will not only be providing excellent workshops to the young people in the chosen school, but also to the teachers and governors who make up the wider school community. I wish Diversity Role Models could roll this out in every school in the country.”

Founder of Diversity Role Models Susan Dickson added: “We’re thrilled to be working with Emerald to support all young people who may be subject to this form of bullying, supporting LGBT young people themselves, helping their peers to be respectful of difference, and empowering both young people and staff to challenge homophobia, biphobia and transphobia whenever they see it.”

The partnership will also see members of Emerald’s senior team trained up as role models to go into the school.

Emerald Life launched six weeks ago and they provide home, term life, wedding and pet insurance, offering LGBT people a compelling alternative to generic insurance products offered on a ‘one size fits all’ basis, which often overlooks their specific needs or concerns.

Last month the insurance company launched their new campaign using real LGBT people. You can watch it here.


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