Earlier this month, Interbank voted on, and appointed a new Co-Chair to take us forward into 2018 Huge congratulations to Paresh Ravat on this appointment.
Parish Ravat; Paresh is a Senior Collateral Analyst in Global Markets at BNP Paribas, based in London.
Paresh is activley involved with the D&I networks and has been involved with Interbank as the events manager and elsewhere for many years. We warmly welcome Paresh to share the Co-Chair role with Henry Chen.
We would also like to say a huge thanks to Simon Hau, the out-going Co-Chair for his contribution to the Forum. Thank you Simon!
Today marks a very special occasion in the history of LGBT rights in the United Kingdom. On this day 50 years ago, the British government passed a law to decriminalise homosexuality.
Many of our colleagues and friends will be too young to remember the challenges LGBT+ people faced before the law was changed. Similarly, many more of us often forget the struggles LGBT endured before the ban was lifted and take for granted the lifestyles we enjoy today. However, we should never forget the many courageous individuals who fought for LGBT+ equality and influenced the changes we enjoy today, we have much to thank them for.
Whilst we mark five decades of LGBT equality here in the UK, let us also recognise that in many countries in the world, life for LGBT+ people is very different and they do not enjoy the same levels of equality and freedoms that we have here. Changes announced in the USA yesterday also underpin how quickly things can change, so its important that each of us continues to champion diversity, inclusion and equality in as many ways as we can.