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11 Aug 2022

Diversity Lens - Issue 137

TV:
Women’s Health: Breaking The Taboos

Endometriosis is as common as diabetes. This is the tagline promoting new Channel 5 documentary series, Women's Health: Breaking The Taboos. The aim of the program is to uncover the lesser known conditions and break taboos that dominate women's health. Real lived experiences will be spotlighted and advice from experts on how to deal with these conditions. Take endometriosis for example, a condition which most people don't know the first thing about but that affects one in 10 women of reproductive age in the UK.
Available to watch now on My5.
 
STORY OF THE WEEK
UK Black Pride: Four queer Black creatives share what ‘power’ means to them
UK Black Pride takes places this Sunday - Europe’s largest celebration for African, Asian, Middle Eastern, Latin American and Caribbean-heritage LGBTQI+ people. After two absent years, this year it returns in a new location, the Olympic Park in Stratford, London. 

This year the theme of UK Black Pride is 'Power'. Co-founder Phyll Opoku-Gyimah explains that the theme honours "the loving power of the Black queer women who founded and maintain us", as well as the power of those who continue to show up and fight for equality today. 

Mainstream Pride spaces can often pose a threat to queer people of colour.
While London Pride is a joyous celebration for so many, there have been issues around the lack of racial diversity. In February 2021, the most senior black team member at Pride resigned over concerns about racism within the organisation. Racism within the LGBTQ+ community is unfortunately nothing new.

UK Black Pride is vital in providing a safe space to show up and celebrate the power of people in a society that often "keep us at the margins". This year is set to be the biggest UK Black Pride yet, demonstrating how essential the event is to so many. Read more to hear about how the theme of power resonates with people.
 
IN OTHER NEWS
The Prevent duty is criminalising Muslims who seek mental health care

The government’s Prevent strategy requires frontline workers across health, social care and education to “enact counterterrorism policy” in their work. Initiated in 2015, there were over 7,000 referrals in the first year, the majority due to fears around Islamic extremism. This duty put upon frontline workers means bias and discrimination can seep into spaces that are meant to lend safety and security. Relying on the individual judgement of frontline workers, many of whom are overworked and underpaid, can perpetuate racial stereotypes.

Studies show that the existence of this duty is a decisive factor in Muslims avoiding mental health services
"I don’t want my Muslim patients to be scared of going to see their GP or their NHS therapist, for fear that their words and actions may be perceived as sinister"
Sex Scenes & #MeToo: Inside the Work of an Intimacy Coordinator
After Sean Bean's controversial statements criticising intimacy coordinators for 'spoiling the spontaneity', it's important we recognise how vital the work they do actually is. They're a fairly new addition to the film and TV industry but have received substantial praise for their assistance in ensuring actors feel safe in vulnerable situations. Yarit Dor, a leading figure in this area, says intimacy co-ordinators are imperative to the safety of a scene involving anything from a kiss to sexual content.
"I think raising awareness of harassment, bullying and sexual harassment is something that a lot of production studios are now doing, and that's great. Consent culture can only happen the minute everyone raises their own awareness."
Obese patients ‘being weight-shamed by doctors and nurses’
Research has shown that health staff, including doctors, nurses, dieticians, psychologists and even obesity specialists are frequently "weight-shaming" patients who visit them which leads to people feeling "anxious, depressed and wrongly blaming themselves for their condition". Fatphobia is rife in our society, and health professionals are part of upholding this system of bias. An analysis by University College London found that there is a wide-spread belief that fat patients are lazy and lack self-control, and even that they are "dishonest, have poor hygiene and do not follow guidance”. These kind of biases which plague the health system are not supporting patients, who will likely not return if they are met with this kind of hostility. The researchers say that medical staff need to be trained in “non-stigmatising weight-related communication”.
Losing Abortion Access Is a Disaster for People with Disabilities
Disabled people are three times more likely to experience sexual assault than those without disabilities. American adults living with disabilities are now facing new challenges following the dissolution of abortion rights. This is particularly acute for disabled people who may have additional factors to take into account if they become pregnant. For example, not everyone with a uterus can safely carry a child to term even if they wanted to; pregnancy can also reduce the effectiveness of prosthetics for lower limb amputees. For some people living with disabilities, becoming pregnant, and being forced to stay that way, might mean requiring constant care and medical treatment, not to mention the financial barriers this would pose.



 
WORK SPHERE
Black Introverts On Navigating The UK Workplace
Successful leaders tend to be imaged as loud, confident, maybe slipping into arrogance. Quiet and less dominating characters are seen less in powerful, decision-making business spaces. Research has even shown that highly extroverted people were found to have a 25% higher chance of being in a high-earning job than introverts. The first Black Introvert Week took place last year, considering the intersection of race and introversion. For example, the common stereotype of the 'loud, angry black woman', harmful and misguided when applied to all black women, but also particularly butts up against introverted women. With lockdown and remote working becoming commonplace in the last couple years however, many introverted workers have been able to thrive in a way they never could in a traditional office space. 
The Marketplace For Black-Owned Businesses Partners With Shopify

Shopify have partnered with FLOURYSH "to help elevate 1 million Black-owned businesses", helping small businesses scale and grow. Their partnership aims to combat the lack of access to the tools and information entrepreneurs need to succeed. Shopify is a leading e-commerce platform taking real action to address workplace inequity, providing a free 120-day trial on their platform to black business owners. FLOURYSH was founded in 2020 as a community-driven marketplace spotlighting black-owned brands. It is free to join and provides helpful resources and advice.

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