The British LGBT Awards, launched in 2015, aim to shine a spotlight on role models and organisations who are working tirelessly to better the lives of LGBTQIA+ people. Amazon is thrilled to have Glamazon, our LGBTQIA+ employee network, shortlisted for this year’s ‘Top Ten Employee Resource Groups’.
This isn’t the first time Glamazon and its members have been recognised for their outstanding work for the LGBTQIA+ community and its allies. In 2021 the Amazon affinity group was named as one of the top 10 global LGBT networks in the Global Diversity List.
To celebrate Glamazon being shortlisted for the British LGBT Awards, we’re getting to know some of the brilliant members of our LGBTQIA+ affinity group and what Glamazon means to them.
Ryan Joseph, Learning and Development Trainer
Ryan is a Learning and Development Trainer at Amazon’s fulfilment centre in Rugeley and a regional lead here for Glamazon.
“The world would be a boring place if we were all the same! I am a big believer in being free to express yourself and to feel safe in your own skin.
“To me, Glamazon is a family that you can be a part of, where you can find support, feel safe, understood and included. You don’t have to be LGBTQIA+ to be a part of Glamazon, you can be an ally too. If you aren’t against us - join us. Come and let your true colours fly!”
Jacob Clark, HR partner
Jacob is a HR partner for Amazon in Gateshead and Wakefield, he is also a regional lead here for Glamazon.
“Glamazon is a way to connect with colleagues and learn about other people’s experiences. It’s always nice to meet new people and especially when they hold the same values as you.
“Whether you’re a part of the LGBTQIA+ community, an ally, or someone who wants to learn more and have fun whilst doing it, Glamazon is a great place to do it.”
Aim Bingham, ICQA Operations Manager
Aim is an ICQA Operations Manager at Amazon in Bristol, they are also a regional lead here for Glamazon.
“Glamazon makes me feel seen as an LGBTQIA+ person. It helps me connect with others and feel supported by a diverse community.
“It’s a great way to meet new people, but also network and rally around topics and challenges that need supporting.”
John Aitken, Chartered Manager Degree Apprentice
John is the regional lead for Glamazon in Dunfermline where he works as a Chartered Manager Degree Apprentice.
“The Glamazon network makes me feel empowered and connected with my fellow team members. To know that there is a support for our community is incredible across our expansive Amazon network and I'm so glad to be a part of this family of employees.
“If you are a part of the LGBTQIA+ community, an ally or just in need of some support, the Glamazon network is the ideal community to get involved in!”
Kate Skordyli, Site Lead
Kate is a site lead at our Bedford fulfilment centre and the regional lead here for Glamazon.
“The Glamazon network allows me to connect with LGBTQIA+ colleagues around the country. I feel supported from the amazing connections I’ve made through the affinity group.
“To have the knowledge that there is a support network at my company that strives to improve awareness and understanding of LGBTQIA+ themes is something that inspires me every day.”
Dan Burton-Peet, Senior Operations Manager
Dan is Head of Member Engagement and Regional Board Chair for Glamazon in Coventry, where he works as a Senior Operations Manager at our fulfilment centre.
“Glamazon is about using our collective voice to amplify the queer voices across Amazon.
“Glamazon plays a vital role in creating a culture of community where everyone feels empowered to unapologetically be their true, authentic self when they come to work.”
Ethan Harley, HR Partner
Ethan is a Glamazon regional lead in Redditch, where he works as a HR partner for Amazon.
“Glamazon to me screams inclusivity, it gives everyone the space to be their true selves.
“Nobody should have to hide who they are, and I believe Glamazon is that support system that gives everyone an opportunity to express themselves! Employees are welcome to join at any point, we are stronger together.”
Set up in 1999 as an email list of happy hours for after-work drinks for Amazon’s Seattle-based LGBTQIA+ community, Glamazon has grown to almost 20,000 members in 60 chapters worldwide and offers an industry-leading range of tools and support for both LGBTQIA+ employees and their allies.
Our Glamazon affinity group runs many initiatives and has a lot to be proud of. In 2018, it played a key role in launching our transgender employee guidelines, which aim to boost diversity, support and inclusion across the UK business. The guidelines include best practice on issues such as the correct use of names and pronouns and restroom accessibility.
Every February, Amazon UK celebrates LGBT+ History Month by shining a spotlight on stories, events, arts, literature and culture from the LGBTQIA+ community. Glamazon also leads Amazon’s annual Pride celebrations, June is always a special time as we celebrate the stories and achievements of our LGBTQIA+ colleagues, customers and their communities.
Find out more about Diversity at Amazon.