Patrick Fox, UK Production Officer, Corporate Affairs and Pride Communications Lead
“I joined National Grid almost ten years ago as a shy 16-year-old, hiding a, what is now irrelevant, secret that made me feel as though I was different.
“I’ve now learnt to embrace my differences, as I do others, but there was one thing that, on reflection, was missing on my coming out journey: a role model.
“Can I be sure that having a role model would’ve made my coming out journey easier? Certainly not, but it would’ve made it clear to me that National Grid could accept me for my differences. Having said that, I have never felt as though I couldn’t be myself at National Grid. My differences and abilities have been embraced by my colleagues, past and present, reminding me that National Grid is a great place to work.
“So, this is why I’m a member of the Pride LGBT Supporters’ Network as well as part of the steering group: I want to do everything I can to be that person who can be a role model for anyone who is struggling to accept what makes them uniquely perfect.
“I’m immensely proud to work for an organisation that embraces and celebrates our differences – but we can always do more.
“If you agree, sign up to become a supporter.”