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24 Jun 2022

Diversity Lens - Issue 130

Welcome to Diversity Lens.

This July, nine of our team are challenging themselves in the ASICS 10k in an effort to raise money for Disability Rights UK, who work to create a society where everyone with lived experience of disability or health conditions can participate equally as full citizens.
The charity receives no government funding for the core of their work so the money we raise will help them to continue supporting some of the most disadvantaged people in society.
Some of us are seasoned marathon runners who’ll be hoping for competitive times; some of us are running novices, who are just hoping they finish! However, we can guarantee that with our colleagues, family and friends cheering us on, we’ll all be smiling.
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FILM: Fire Island

Gay-themed films have a tendency to stress the inner turmoil of their protagonists as they battle with the injustices of social norms. Fire Island is not that. The rom-com is set on the location of the same name, a real popular holiday retreat for gay men in New York around since the 1970s. The film explores searching for love in the lives of gay men, particularly for those within minorities and non-conventionally attractive groups. It promises to be a queer cultural classic and is available to stream now on Disney plus.
 
 
"The Rail Strikes Are Entirely Justified"
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The rail and tube strikes are obviously an inconvenience - that in fact is the point. That doesn't mean they're not necessary however. The media narrative has been overwhelmingly negative with accusations of selfishness levelled at the participating strikers. Loose Women were one of the few to offer a more sympathetic perspective.

The RMT are asking, reasonably, for no compulsory redundancies and an 11% pay increase to keep up with rising inflation (and after their pay freeze last year). 2022 is expected to see the biggest hit to living standards since 1956. Well-organised rail unions allow their members to effectively fight back against this.

We ask, is it the union members who are selfish, or those sitting comfortably at the top? The Chief Exec of Network Rail, for one, "earns more than £585k a year (before bonuses)", Novara Media report.
This information is suspiciously absent from mainstream media.

The transport secretary has called the strikes "totally wrong" and Boris Johnson branded them "unnecessary".

Mick Lynch, RMT general secretary, has been exposing the absurdity of the media coverage with a refreshing authenticity. To Sky News, he stated: "If workers’ wages don’t go up, it means a transfer of wealth from the poor to the rich.” To several other interviewers, he pushed back amusingly with a simple, "what are you talking about?”

Lynch has resonated with the public and offered some form of antidote to other biased commentators. Put simply, anyone who is invested in achieving a more equal society should support the strikes.
 
Text: IN OTHER NEWS. Background image shows picture of protestors.
Why are big festivals like Glastonbury so white?
Image of band, Big Joanie of whole writer of this article Stephanie Phillips is a member
As Glastonbury kicks off this week, Lenny Henry comments on the homogenous crowd it attracts. “I’m always surprised by the lack of black and brown faces", he says, talking about festivals more generally. Stephanie Phillips is a guitarist in London-based black feminist punk band Big Joanie, and confirms "Henry is right". Phillips is familiar with the UK festival scene and is playing Glastonbury this year, but she feels uncomfortable with the whiteness of it. People of colour are often an "afterthought" to festival spaces, Phillips says, and there is danger of treating the black community as a monolith.

While lineups and initiatives are playing catch up with diversity now, it's a long road to ensuring people of colour feel truly welcomed at major festivals.
Megan Rapinoe Discusses Transgender Sports Bans
Title IX refers to the US legislation that mandates equal opportunities for men’s and women’s participation in sports. 50 years after it was put in place, footballer Rapinoe discusses where we are today. While Title IX was transformative for Rapinoe and her career, she admits there are many blind spots, whether that's from a 'racial, immigrant, or LGBTQIA+' perspective. Trans inclusion in sports has been viewed through an "extremely tiny lens of elite sports", Rapionoe explains, which isn't how we should discuss people's lives. She emphasises the need to take a step back, look at the bigger picture and start from a place of inclusion. People are losing their lives over the hostile treatment of the trans community and sport can never be an excuse for that.

"Show me the evidence that trans women are taking everyone’s scholarships, are dominating in every sport, are winning every title. I’m sorry, it’s just not happening."

Why ‘Ms. Marvel’ Viewership Is Reportedly Much Lower Than Other MCU Series
A still from the show of Ms Marvel close up, eyes a luminous pink

By and large, Ms Marvel has been rated the best Marvel cinematic universe series on Disney Plus. On Rotten Tomatoes for example, it is rated at an astonishing 96%! But it is a completely different story on IMDB which rates the show poorly, and viewer numbers are significantly lower than other series. The term known as ‘review bombing’ is a well-known practice and is often born out of racism, sexism, or other prejudice irrelevant to the subject itself. Its aim is to harm sales or popularity. The question is, why is Ms Marvel getting review bombed?

Is it because she is Muslim? Is it because she is a Pakistani girl? Is it because it is aimed at a younger audience? Or is it because elements of the show has changed from the comics? Is it all of the above? We think the show is brilliant and worth a watch for anyone.
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Black and Asian UK workers say they are held back at work by bias, survey finds
The majority of black and Asian workers believe that their identities have prevented them from obtaining career prospects, including promotions. Findings imply that, two years after the Black Lives Matter protest, UK companies may only be declaring their support for equality through words. According to the CMI study of more than 2,000 workers, 23% of UK employees reported encountering hostile, derogatory, or unpleasant views at work, but this number increased to 29% for those with Asian backgrounds, 34% for those with black backgrounds, and 36% for LGBTQIA+ individuals. Disabled people were also more likely to be bullied and harassed than the average UK employee. This is why we're still talking about diversity and inclusion.

“If you’re drinking with your manager [after work] and another person is going home after work, who is going to get the promotion?”

Colleagues in a meeting
In order to evaluate the efficacy of a four-day work week, Alice Will and her team at the food and drink marketing agency, Lux, in Edinburgh, agreed not to inform their clients back in January 2020. Will reported that none of her clients noticed the change. Lux created a shift schedule with some staff working Monday through Thursday and others working Tuesday through Friday, tracking productivity using time-tracking software. Employees were putting in fewer hours, yet the business was still profitable. Lux's profits have increased by 30% while productivity has increased by 24% since the agency began the trial.

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