Promoting and supporting diversity in the countryside

We believe that people give their best when they are allowed to be authentic.

There are thousands of LGBTQ+ people living, working and contributing to rural communities. We want to unite and celebrate them to start a conversation about diversity, equality and inclusion in the countryside

We want to promote the countryside as a vibrant, tolerant and welcoming place for everyone irrespective of gender, ethnicity or sexual orientation.

Our aims are simple.

We want to help LGBTQ+ people to be open about their sexuality and to lead fulfilling and authentic lives in their community. We want to help the families, friends and work colleagues of LGBTQ people to understand that being different brings vibrancy to all of our lives and is something to be proud of.

We are doing this by celebrating LGBTQ+ people’s stories here on the site and on social media.

We want rural organisations, colleges and businesses to be welcoming places for LGBTQ+ people. We rely on the countryside for our food and well-being. The farming community needs great new ideas now more than ever and so the rural economy needs to attract and retain the very brightest and best people. Diversity leads to a better and more imaginative working and learning environment; different perspectives bring more productive outcomes.

We are doing this by inviting organisations to share this simple mission – ‘We stand against prejudice and support rural LGBTQ+ diversity, inclusion and enablement’ – and to use our logo as a symbol of their support

Our Pledge

We stand against prejudice and support rural LGBTQ+ diversity, inclusion and enablement.

Our Partners

Organisations who have signed our pledge

If you would like to sign our pledge and become an Agrespect partner, please fill out the form on our Partners page.

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