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On Friday 17 May 2019, hundreds of Sodexo people wore purple to show their #SodexoPride and solidarity with their Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans (LGBT+) colleagues to celebrate IDAHOBIT 2019.

IDAHOBIT is the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia & Transphobia and takes place annually on the 17 May. This day holds important significance as this is the date in 1990 when the World Health Organisation (WHO) removed homosexuality from its list of mental disorders.

Just last week (25 May), the World Health Organisation approved the removal process of “gender identity disorders” from its list of mental disorders. These changes will come into effect in January 2022 marking another step forward for the LGBT+ community worldwide at such an important time of year for LGBT+ inclusion.

In the UK and Ireland, Sodexo took part in the IDAHOBIT celebrations by tuning into a global webinar ‘A conservation with LGBT executives’, displaying posters and recording a podcast discussing the importance of awareness days like these.

The Pride employee network also held a photo competition, asking Sodexo people to wear purple and share their #SodexoPride on social media - purple is also the colour associated with mental health awareness. Hundreds of people took part!

The Pride network are pleased to announce the winners of the IDAHOBIT photo competition are:

Best individual photo

Jo Watt, Communications Manager (Corporate Services and Pan-Segment) - Sodexo Service Operations

Jo Watt

Best group photo

The Sodexo team at UCL (University College London) - Sodexo Schools & Universities

UCL Team

Top row (left to right):

  • Andy Norton - Retail Director
  • Mame Kary Diaw - Barista/FSA
  • Paulo Marocolino - Hospitality Supervisor
  • Cosme Santos - Barista/FSA
  • Fernando Martins - Head of Operations Residencies & Academics Estate Soft Services
  • Andrea Tafuri - Retail Assistant manager
  • Comfort Asamani - Barista/FSA
  • Edith Dalton - Learning & Development manager
  • Audrey Bigham - Cash Administrator assistant
  • Harshal Naik - Commercial Finance Controller

Bottom row (left to right):

  • Jackie Morris - Contract Support
  • Irmina Jozwik - Student Experience manager
  • Celine Lutzu - Finance Administrator manager
  • Monika Gruszcynska - Assistant Hospitality manager
  • Jason Trotter - Executive Head chef
  • Naira De Oliveira - Barista/FSA
  • Elmira Barysevich - Finance Administrator assistant
  • Harshil Gajjar - Hospitality & Events Business manager
  • Elen De Phino - Hospitality co-ordinator

Congratulations to the photo competition winners and thank you to those who took part across the region and turned purple for IDAHOBIT 2019! You have made a difference by raising awareness and bringing Allies side-by-side with the LGBT+ community. See all the photos on Facebook.

You can continue this amazing support by joining the Pride UK & Ireland employee network for both the LGBT+ community and allies - click here to find out how. All members can choose to receive a Pride lanyard upon joining to show their visible support!


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