Better Together International Forum

Ensuring LGBTI Employee Wellbeing and Inclusion

Inclusion of different people in the workplace leads to a healthier work environment and higher financial results. However, according to data from the online survey on discrimination against LGBTI people by the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) from 2019, every second employee with a different sexual orientation has been the victim of ridicule or threats; one in four employees hides their sexual orientation from their colleagues; and one in five employees quit their job because of being different.

The international one-day Better Together forum, to be held in Sofia on September 17th, will focus on the inclusion, equality and well-being of LGBTI workers in the workplace.

For the first time in Bulgaria, experts from international organizations and businesses such as IBM, Google, Progress, Reward Gateway, the World Bank, activists and HR professionals will gather to discuss topics such as the inclusion of LGBTI employees; reducing discrimination in the workplace; creation of employee resource groups in companies for the purpose of equality; language and pronouns in the workplace; achieving successful partnerships between businesses and the civil sector in support of LGBTI rights, and many others.

European legislation also pays attention to the health and well-being of workers and recommends active action. Directive 89/391 / EEC aims to introduce measures to improve the safety, health and well-being of employees working in the European Union.

Who the event is for: LGBTI employees, team leaders, HR directors and specialists, D&I specialists and experts, as well as managers from areas such as Organization Culture, Leadership Development, Employee Engagement, Learning and Development, Succession Planning, Talent Acquisition, Global Business, Ethics and Integrity, and others.

The forum will be held in hybrid form from 10 am to 4 pm on September 17 in Launchee (2 Knyaginya Maria Luiza Blvd., Central Department Store, ground floor).

If you want to attend physically – send us an email to

If you want to participate online, which allows you to ask questions to guests, register at – 

Without registration – you can follow the event and live on the Facebook page of GLAS Foundation, but the comments and questions there will not be followed and accordingly asked to the guests.

The work language of the forum is English without translation into Bulgarian, and sign language translation will be provided.

The event is part of PREVENT project, a cross-European initiative, uniting 5 partners from 3 EU countries that aims to tackle discrimination and health risks for employees that are LGBTI; raise awareness of employers on the Council Directive 89/391/EEC, Safety and Health and diversity management; create instruments and an online available toolbox that assist employers and in the long run contribute to the well-being and inclusion of LGBTI people in the workplace.

PREVENT is a collaboration between CAVARIA and IDEWE, Belgium, BILITIS and GLAS, Bulgaria, ILGA Portugal.

Program: Better Together Forum 17.09.2021

Because we are different, we work better together.