Rob Ridley

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Whilst reading Civil and Coastal Engineering at University I identified predominantly with my course, commercial diving and the Officer Training Corps. I was an engineering student, who happened to be realising he was gay, rather than a gay engineering student. My most significant interaction with student LGBT networks being a campaign to reinstate Officer Training Corps recruiting on campus; the …

Mark McBride-Wright

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I have had a very positive experience for the past ten years that I have been involved in engineering. Whilst studying at university, I did not have any problems. Indeed, I was lucky that during my first term in halls, I vividly remember turning on TV and seeing Cherie Blair celebrating the passage of the Civil Partnership Act 2005. Living …

Hayley Newman

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I have been in the engineering industry since leaving school at 16 back in 2000.  A couple of years into my Apprenticeship, I came out to the rest of my class. Being the only female in the group, all the guys didn’t really bat an eyelid. A couple of them asked questions and joked around at first and then it …

Beth

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As I’m a bisexual woman married to a bisexual man, almost everyone at work thinks I’m straight, even though I’m openly involved in Pride (National Grid’s LGBT network) and I had a photo of my spouse in a red satin dress on my desk for a long while. This industry can sometimes be macho, and occasionally I overhear remarks about …

Andy

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My sexuality never influenced what career path I chose and I do not believe it will negatively impact my progression. I am driven to take on challenges – however scary – and deliver great results; engineering provides opportunities to do this. I don’t like to define people by their jobs, and as such I don’t see any boundaries between my …

Hayley Barnden

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My name is Hayley, I’m a safety engineer and I’m also a lesbian. I qualified as an engineer 18 months ago from the Ministry of Defence Engineering Management Apprenticeship Scheme, becoming an engineer is by far the best decision I have ever made. Coming out at work as been a staggered process, in previous workplaces I didn’t actively come out …

Daniel/Danielle

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Hello, I’m Daniel/Danielle, a mechanical engineer working in the automotive sector, and I’m transgender. I was born a man but identify myself just as strongly as a woman as man (so neither fully one way or the other. Don’t worry if you are confused, I’m never particularly certain myself). I’ve known I was transgender since university and in my everyday …

Tom Wallace

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It’s OK, being a gay civil engineer. I’ve worked on projects ranging from tiny railway sidings to massive skyscrapers; and so far the only thing that has limited my career is my technical ability to do so. In an industry where delivery is everything- I have found that people are judged on their competencies, above anything else. That’s not to …