Formerly known as BAME Recruitment

07 Jan 2022

Diversity Lens - Issue 108

Jan 7

Diversity Lens - Issue 108

Welcome to Diversity Lens.

And we’re back! With some big news to share. Here’s a note from BAME Recruitment and Diversifying.io, the forces behind Diversity Lens:

2022 brings exciting new changes for us at BAME Recruitment and Diversifying.io. We’re committed to a continual journey of self-improvement, making sure we’re always being the most inclusive organisation possible.

We’ve listened closely to the commentary surrounding the acronym ‘BAME’ in recent years, and we believe that now is the time for us to take action. We feel that BAME Recruitment is no longer a name that fully represents our mission and we’re so excited to welcome in a new chapter.

We’re busy working behind the scenes right now, but we can’t wait to share our new brand with you soon and continue our fight for equality with renewed strength. More updates coming soon.
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"I love being trans. Travelling while trans, not so much." Alex Jenny, MIC
The hashtag #TravelingWhileTrans has recently shed light on the discrimination and countless anxieties felt when travelling as a trans person, experiences that are tragically commonplace. In the US, 40% of trans travellers have experienced a problem at airport security checkpoints simply due to being trans. Alex Jenny, a trans woman, shares her firsthand experiences among that shocking statistic.

Alex Jenny recalls the intimidating process of ID checks, the panic of a full body scanner which requires a gender assignation, and unsympathetic staff throughout.
Beyond the airport security line, Jenny outlines concerns over different laws and cultural attitudes regarding gender identity; the risk of using the bathroom you identify with; and the language barriers you face when explaining any of this.

These experiences are far from being limited to the US. Jenny calls for allies to step up all around the globe: accompany trans friends when travelling through security check points, stand up against transphobia and commit to educating others.

"Despite the sacrifices I’ve made to transition — and finally be read as the woman I am — I cloak myself in masculine androgyny, hoping it shields me"

 
Text: IN OTHER NEWS. Background image shows picture of protestors.
Four cleared of criminal damage over toppling statue of Edward Colston

The Colston Four look triumphant after they’re cleared of all criminal damage charges. They famously toppled the statue of slave trader Edward Colston in Bristol during the 2020 Black Lives Matter protests.

Cheers from a packed public gallery followed their not guilty verdicts. Their defence was that their action was not criminal, but that the statue itself was a hate crime against the people of Bristol.

All historic same-sex convictions will be pardoned under a new UK scheme
Fist raised with a rainbow pride flag in the background.
Priti Patel hopes to 'right the wrongs of the past' by this long-awaited move. Current pardon schemes only cover nine offences, and people in England and Wales would need to apply to receive a pardon. New legislation means any cautions and convictions now disregarded will be automatically pardoned.

A hugely positive move amid the largely controversial new Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill.
Mental health 'scandal' as children wait three years for appointments
Children and young people are waiting three years to access mental health care in some parts of the UK. The Independent requested information from NHS mental health trusts regarding the time children were waiting for a first appointment with Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS); reports varied from under a month up to years. Dr Elaine Lockhart, chair of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, said: "The postcode lottery in children's mental health services is scandalous".

"Covid and the pandemic came along and it has just been like throwing a bomb into the whole thing."

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The myth of the 'new normal' in 2022
Experts predict 2022 will not see a return to pre-pandemic work trends, with omicron pushing the return to office out of reach once again and employees expecting more freedom of choice. The four-day workweek may gain more traction this year but they warn this may exclude many low paid workers. Increasing divisions could be a big trend of the 2022 work sphere between those who can take advantage of a new-found flexibility versus those who can’t.

"Another important personalisation could be prioritising a worker’s individual mental health. After all, amid burnout and boreout, more workers are saying enough is enough"

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