Pride Month with our Chief Operating Officer, Hannah Harvey

Published: 15th June 2022

It’s a bit of a conundrum for me when I start to write a blog about Pride Month and why it’s so important to the LGBTQ+ community. Why is it a conundrum? Well, in all honesty I find it a struggle. I find it a struggle to still after all this time to have to talk about something that is so personal to me. Now don’t get me wrong, I am immensely proud of the community that I am part of, I am hugely proud of Saffron and how it wholeheartedly stands with the LGBTQ+ community, and as an individual I am proud of my wife and children and how strong we are as a family.

But I often wonder however, at what point will I be able to stop talking about it. I am no stranger to sharing my story, but I often wish I didn’t have to, it is difficult to share a part of yourself that makes you vulnerable to the outside world and is just a part of who you are not all of who you are. I look forward to the day that the anxiety it induces in me as a human even after all this time will dissipate, that the inherent fear that you will be judged and not accepted will vanish and that society will stop treating you just a little differently. One thing I do know is I will continue to be a voice for the LGBTQ+ community until the comments that I hear from my children like the ones below are a thing of the past:

  • From my 5 year old little boy who loves having two mummies no matter how many times his friends say “but you can’t have two mummies”
  • From my 9 year old son who when at one of his hospital appointments explains for the millionth time that he has “two mummies don’t you know”
  • From my 14 year old son who is football crazy when he again calls out one of his mates for saying “why are you so gay” and seeing how much it hurts him
  • From my 17 year old daughter who stands tall when discussing the impact having two mums has on her life and how she has to in her own words “come out to her friends” about having two mums so they aren’t shocked when they come over for dinner.

My greatest hope in life is that as we evolve as a society the need for members of any minority group to have to talk about difference disappears, that this perceived difference is so interwoven into our world it’s not even a discussion point, that when someone we know comes to an event with a partner, we just see a person without a need to label them.

I know as an organisation Saffron are working hard to challenge these views; I know that everyone at Team Saffron is playing a part in levelling out the playing field and that makes me feel immense hope for the future. I feel hope because I know that when a team like Saffron puts its voice behind a message it’s a powerful voice. It’s a voice that can help drive the vehicle of change, it can make team members, tenants and the wider community alike feel a sense of belonging, what an incredible organisation to be part of.