The National Gay Pilots Association (NGPA) is using the backdrop of National Diversity Week this week to call for continued and expanded training in diversity, equity, and inclusion. “Whether it’s combating racism, gender stereotypes, or homophobia and transphobia, we believe in the importance and value of diversity, equity, and inclusion training that benefits everyone,” said the group in a statement.
Through its Inclusion Training Team, NGPA has conducted numerous workshops and classes for employee unions, airline leaders, and on aviation university campuses. “Diversity, equity, and inclusion training has come a long way over the decades,” said NGPA co-chair Steve Tustin. “At the NGPA we focus on promoting an inclusive environment for everyone throughout Inclusion Training Teams and focus on the benefits that diversity brings to aviation.”
Established in 1990, NGPA is an international organization representing lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer aviation enthusiasts and professionals that provides education, outreach programs, and events aimed at encouraging LGBTQ people to begin aviation careers. It also seeks to foster equal treatment of LGBTQ persons through advocacy and outreach, as well as promote aviation safety and provide a social and professional network for its members.
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