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Jul 08 2022

Diversity Lens - Issue 132

Welcome to Diversity Lens.

As usual, you couldn’t have a rainbow without a little rain. However, this rain came in the form of a group of people protesting the rights of LGBTQIA+ people. This small patch of negativity was a stark but necessary reminder that there’s still more work to be done to achieve true acceptance. Another example came just last week when the Pixar children’s film, Lightyear was banned in 14 countries just for containing a same-sex kiss.

These events serve as a reminder that we cannot be silent, and why Pride is still a necessary and important event for LGBTQIA+ communities.

"We deserve to experience love fully, equally, without shame, and without compromise." -Elliot Page.
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Film: Everything Everywhere All at Once

This is a film that is truly a bit of everything. But at the heart of this sci-fi, comedy-drama is a story about queer acceptance and intergenerational trauma. With standout performances from Michelle Yeoh, Ke Huy Quan, Stephanie Hsu, and Jamie Lee Curtis, this A24 movie is a cultural moment not to miss.

The movie’s philosophy that ‘life is chaos’ parallels the journey that Michelle Yeoh and Ke Huy Quan had with their own acting careers. During the 80s and 90s they encountered resistance and prejudice from Hollywood, but many Asian actors working in Hollywood today credit Yeoh and Quan as paving the way for them. It is a pleasure to see that Yeoh and Quan’s acting has come full circle as they step into the light to take on leading roles.

Everything Everywhere All at Once is a cinematic experience that asks you to confront the existential but in the most life-affirming way.

 
 
"Two million workers free from National

Insurance"

BBC News
Photo of two people at a table reading letters
This week, national insurance payments are changing, with more than two million low-income workers no longer paying. Employees can now earn £12,570 a year before they pay National Insurance, and workers earning less than £34,000 a year will pay less. It is estimated that seven in ten employees will be better off.

This is the second of three stages of change to national insurance, the first of which came in April 2022 and saw a rise of 1.25p to the pound on payments, which has been earmarked for health and social care in England and is also available to Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland. The last of the three stages will happen in April 2023, when the 1.25p will be taken away again and the payments will go back to what they were before.
However, analysts have also said that any savings may be cancelled out by the increasing prices and bills. Alice Haine, personal finance analyst at investment platform Bestinvest, said the savings for some people, "could be the difference between having dinner every night and sometimes going without." For others, however, that amount will barely make a dent in their budgets as they struggle to pay household bills amid rampant inflation as soaring food, fuel, and energy prices become the norm".

Employers will also be paying more, which has caused concern among business groups, who say this means some places will be unable to pay staff higher wages. The increase for employers and higher-income workers should raise an extra £10.9bn in a year for the government.
 
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What Happens When Marriage Equality Is Repealed? Bermuda Is Already Living It
In March this year, the U.K Privy council upheld Bermuda’s decision to repeal same-sex marriage. This is the second time same-sex marriage has been repealed in Bermuda and comes after a year-long battle for LGBTQ equality, which has had several twists and turns on the way to this ruling.

While Bermuda’s domestic partnership law has been hailed as the most progressive in the world, the removal of marriage has left the LGBTQ community feeling frustrated and like second-class citizens.

The ruling has been seen as a warning, in the midst of Roe v. Wade being overturned in the US, that the fight for equality is not over, even after the battles feel like they have been won.

However, Bermuda’s LGBTQ community remains largely optimistic, and a survey from 2020 had 58% of respondents backing full marriage rights for anyone who wishes to marry and they held their first ever Pride festival in 2019.

"I’d invested so much emotionally into it, just to see the bad guys win. It’s hard to not take it personally."

V&A to display its first African fashion exhibition
Models holding hands in Lagos, Nigeria, in 2019, by Stephen Tayo. Photograph: Lagos fashion week
On Saturday 2nd July, the Victoria and Albert Museum opened the first African fashion exhibition in the institution’s 170-year history. Africa Fashion is exhibiting designs, photographs, and films from 25 of the 54 African countries.

The V&A was founded in 1852 and its legacy is tied up with British colonialism across Africa, with some of its most precious objects acquired under colonialism. This exhibition, which has been more than two years in the making, could be seen as a move towards acknowledging these histories, as well as including a more diverse range of voices in the institution.

The exhibition will display the often-overlooked rich fashion history and work of fashion designers, some of them household names across Africa, but little known outside of the continent. Their collections will also include modern-era designs that address feminism and LGBTQ+ rights.

"We wanted to showcase the pan-African fashion scene – that’s really what connects the creators in the show.”

Christine Checinska

What's it like living with an invisible disability?
Emily Hale has scoliosis, a condition that causes the spine to curve in the wrong direction. Due to the severity of her condition, she had to have spinal fusion surgery. She discusses how her hidden disability can make things, such as taking the tube, a difficult and painful experience, especially as someone who appears able-bodied. But it has also helped her find community and help others through her organisation, Build and Breathe Scoliosis. Chronic conditions like scoliosis make up about 18% of non-visible disabilities in the UK, according to a survey by Hidden Disabilities UK.
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Amazon Entertainment are building a home for talent that will nurture creativity, storytelling, and innovation unlike anywhere else. They believe that building a culture that is welcoming and inclusive is integral to people doing their best work and is essential to what they can achieve as a company. They actively recruit people from diverse backgrounds to build a supportive and inclusive workplace.

To find out more check out opportunities with Amazon Entertainment on Diversifying.
Nine-day fortnight could be a better alternative to a four-day week
The four-day working week trial is being conducted in the UK until December, but software company Cloud9 Insight is proposing that a nine-day fortnight might be a better way of working. This model would have employees working Monday to Friday one week and Monday to Thursday on the second week, avoiding the possibility of staff working much longer hours, which is a concern around the four-day model. Carlene Jackson, CEO of Cloud9 Insight, stressed the importance of employees valuing their time outside of work.
Reminders could be offered to people earlier in their adult lives to support their financial security and general well-being. The current target audience for the reminders is those between the ages of 50 and 65, but Guy Opperman, the (now former) Minister of Pensions and Financial Inclusion, has recommended sending reminders earlier in people's lives. People may receive brief prompts such as "Have you looked at your work, your wealth, and your wellbeing?” at key junctures in their lives, such as when they land their first job, get married or have their first child. "Yes, obviously I care about retirement, but I’m also interested in wellbeing at work and the holistic view." Opperman added.

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