The sea does not discriminate – and neither do we

It takes a deep level of trust for our crews to save lives at sea. That kind of trust only comes from people knowing they can be who they are with each other – and be accepted for it.

RNLI wellies in the colours of the LGBT movement.

Photo: Nigel Millard

At the RNLI, we support pride in our communities.

Whether on the water, at the boathouse, or in an office, the RNLI is aspiring to become fully inclusive. We deeply believe that our volunteers and full time staff alike should feel able to be their authentic selves, so they can give their best to our cause in every way.

A more accepting place

With that in mind, at the RNLI we have four networks, organised by digital communication and in-person meetings, to make our organisation a more empathetic, aware, and accepting place.

Amongst those networks is our LGBT+ Network, whose purpose is:

Championing inclusivity

To support our vision of a more inclusive and diverse workplace, we are involved in several initiatives:

  • We are Stonewall Diversity Champions and have taken part in their workplace equality index twice in the past 4 years. 
  • We celebrate a range of dates in the international diversity calendar, including IDAHOBIT – the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia – when lifeboat stations, lifeguarded beaches and Poole support centre fly rainbow flags.
  • We also take part in a number of Pride events around the UK and Ireland, bringing our lifesaving communities together under the banner of ‘Pride in our Communities’.

Sharing responsibility

As an organisation we expect every member of the RNLI to help create a welcoming environment by upholding our values.

At the RNLI, we respect people’s views, interests and uniqueness. We do not tolerate disrespectful behaviour towards each other, our supporters, or members of the public. 

Underpinned by equality legislation and RNLI policy, we take pride in these values, and will continue working to make our organisation a place that every RNLI volunteer, staff member and supporter can take pride in.

Find out more

If you’re interested in finding more about what we do, or are keen to get involved, take a look at our volunteer opportunities.