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2021 Hong Kong LGBT+ Inclusion Awards - Winners

Focus Area | Tackling Workplace Inequality
Community Business announced the winners of the 2021 Hong Kong LGBT+ Inclusion Awards at the 2021 Hong Kong LGBT+ Inclusion Virtual Gala on Friday 21 May 2021.

LGBT+ Network Award sponsored by J.P. Morgan

To recognise an employee network that has played a proactive role in promoting LGBT+ inclusion and demonstrating strong engagement with, and commitment to, local Hong Kong LGBT+ employees.  

Eligibility: An LGBT+ employee network based in Hong Kong. 

LGBT+ Network AEJ
Nomura International (Hong Kong) Limited

Nomura LGBT+ Network AEJ is a key lynchpin of Nomura's Diversity & Inclusion platform. All employees, regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity or expression, are welcome to join the network. It aims to drive personal and professional growth for employees by building Nomura’s culture and raising awareness of LGBT+ issues to develop world-class diverse and inclusive teams. The network connects members through events, assists in the recruitment, development and retention of employees to ensure related initiatives are fair, balanced and appropriate to a diverse audience. It also drives policy review and development ensuring best practice in the LGBT+ space.

LGBT+ Executive Sponsor Award sponsored by Morgan Stanley

To recognise a senior executive sponsor based in Hong Kong who has spoken up and used their influence to promote LGBT+ inclusion in the workplace and beyond in Hong Kong.  

Eligibility: A senior business executive based in Hong Kong who is not in a line Diversity & Inclusion role. 

Robert Head
Thomson Reuters

Rob Head leads Thomson Reuters content proposition across Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Middle East, Africa and Russia. He is the Executive Sponsor of Pride at Work in Hong Kong and was the 2019 Hong Kong LGBT+ Inclusion Champion. Rob promotes LGBT+ inclusion internally, devising and leading specific initiatives including Thomson Reuters' Pride Month Global Social Media Campaigns #prideistheanswer and #connectwithpride and  implementing All Gender Toilets in the Hong Kong office. Rob encourages and empowers his team to engage in LGBT+ inclusion activities and regularly speaks at events and drives key customer partnerships including HKGALA in the Hong Kong legal sector.

LGBT+ Inclusion Champion Award sponsored by Thomson Reuters

To recognise an LGBT+ employee based in Hong Kong who has taken proactive and effective steps to promote an LGBT+ inclusive culture in the workplace and beyond in Hong Kong.  

Eligibility: An LGBT+ employee (any level) based in Hong Kong. Priority will be given to employees whose primary job is not related to Diversity & Inclusion.

Jasmine Eve Titmuss
Credit Suisse

Jasmine is an experienced recruiter and a dedicated advocate for LGBT+ inclusion. She strongly believes in the power of sport to bring people together and drive change in the community. Sport imparts lessons of leadership, teamwork, the spirit of fair play, self-reliance and continuous improvement. She is currently Ballgames Manager for Gay Games Hong Kong 2022 and was the first ambassador for PrideSports in 2015 after its launch in the UK in 2006.

Jasmine joined Credit Suisse in February 2020 and is now the Co-Chair of the HK LGBT+ Open Network. Before joining Credit Suisse, Jasmine worked for Michael Page.

LGBT+ Ally Award sponsored by Goldman Sachs

To recognise a non-LGBT+ individual who has demonstrated personal passion and commitment to promoting LGBT+ inclusion in the workplace and beyond in Hong Kong.  

Eligibility: An employee (any level) who does not identify as LGBT+ based in Hong Kong. 

Sören Seitz
Manulife

Sören Seitz is the Deputy Global Compliance Chief for Manulife, based in Hong Kong. Prior to Manulife, Sören worked at Goldman Sachs for 14 years across various roles in New York, Hong Kong, Bangalore, Zurich and Frankfurt.

Sören is passionate about diversity and inclusion and recently joined Manulife’s global diversity and inclusion council and co-leads the PROUD Hong Kong chapter. He is also a member of the Women’s Foundation Male Allies leadership council and was named as an OUTstanding Top 50 LGBT+ Ally Executive in 2019.

Originally from Germany, Sören, his wife Mei-Kee and two children live in Hong Kong.

LGBT+ Community Impact Award

To recognise a community-based LGBT+ initiative that has had a significant positive impact in promoting LGBT+ inclusion in Hong Kong.   

Eligibility: An initiative led by a not-for-profit organisation in Hong Kong. 

LGBT+ Media Guide 性/別小眾媒體報道指引
Midnight Blue 午夜藍

Unfortunately, some news articles and outlets in Hong Kong still demonstrate negative and bias attitudes towards the LGBT+ community in Hong Kong, increasing the stigma and discrimination that these communities face. 

LGBT+ Media Guide provides a reference resources for local media, including a glossary, basic information on LGBT+ related topics and LGBT+ friendly measures for interviews and reporting. Midnight Blue hope that the LGBT+ Media Guide will improve the media understanding on LGBT+ topics such as gender, sexuality, gender identification, sex work etc. and build a more LGBT+ friendly media atmosphere.

While compiling the LGBT+ Media Guide, Midnight Blue invited different LGBT+ organisations to provide comments and suggestions, ensuring the contents contained different LGBT+ communities’ point of view.

You can access the LGBT+ Media Guide online.