Formerly known as BAME Recruitment

28 Feb 2020

Diversity Lens - Issue 15

Feb 28

Diversity Lens - Issue 15

Diversity Lens

Welcome to Diversity Lens, the newsletter from BAME Recruitment and Diversifying.io! We’re excited to be bringing you all the latest news and opinions about recruitment and the world of diversity and inclusion.
 
Latest News

BAME Recruitment's Better Allies Event
Last week BAME Recruitment hosted an event Better Allies: Supporting LGBTQ+ People in the Workplace.It was an inspiring evening full of open and honest discussion from a diverse and eclectic mix of panellists that included: Dipesh Davadra– PwC, Faye Green– eBay, Laila El-Metoui– LelmEducation, Joanne Lockwood- SEE Change Happen, Charlotte Davies- The Royal Air Force and Gamal Turawa- Purple Frog Training. The evening also featured a speech from Dylan Calder, Director of Pop Up Projects who spoke about Pop Up’s incredible programme, The Rainbow Library which will see children’s authors collaborating with groups of young LGBTQ+ people to produce new stories for children infused with LGBTQ+ experiences. Thanks to everyone who attended! Let’s continue to purposefully ensure we all support each other and celebrate our different stories, experiences and backgrounds. Click the photo to read more about the event and some takeaways from the event.




Ruby Williams: "No child with Afro hair should suffer like me."
A pupil who was repeatedly sent home from school because of her Afro hair wants to make sure it doesn't happen to any other UK schoolchild. Ruby Williams received £8,500 in an out-of-court settlement after her family took legal action against a school in east London. She was told that her hair breached policy, which stated that: "Afro style hair must be of reasonable size and length" despite the same rules not applying to students without Afros. To read more about Ruby's story click on the photo below.




Wheelchair dance class enables inclusion for all
When a spinal cord injury meant Vickie Simmonds had to start using a wheelchair, she rediscovered her love for dancing. With the help of her best friend Amanda, who is able-bodied, she spent a year in the dance studio choreographing routines that could be danced in a wheelchair. Vickie says, "Just because you're in a wheelchair doesn't mean you can't be fun and beautiful and do sassy dancing." Watch Vickie's inspiring video by clicking on the photo below.




London school abused over LGBT rainbow crossing
The crossing was painted in celebration of LGBT History Month and has prompted some angry reactions on social media. However, the school in Wood Green said that would not deter it from continuing its work on equality. Head teacher, Gerry Robinson said the school was "committed to championing equality" and the abusive messages were sent to the school on Twitter and Instagram, but were not from parents or anyone connected with the school. She added: "Never has there been a more important time to stand up to hate in all its forms and education is a key part of that." Click on the photo to read more about the school's response.




Dating as a gay man with a disability
Spencer West from the US, speaks about his experiences with online dating as a gay and disabled man. He considers himself a romantic and talks about how his disability has often been a deal-breaker for most people. Spencer says, "Growing up in a small town in Wyoming, there wasn't a lot of representation for gay men." West goes on to describe how often well meaning people can end up being condescending when telling him that he's "brave" for looking for love. To hear more about Spencer's online dating, click on the video below.
"Why is me wanting to fall in love 'inspiring and brave'?" Disabled gay man, Spencer West talks about his experience of online dating.

Colourism as explained by darker skinned girls
Racism usually comes from a different ethnic group, but colourism can come from someone in the same ethnic group as you. Watch the video below where three dark-skinned women talk about the frequency of colourism in music lyrics and videos, TV, Bollywood movies, cosmetics campaigns, dating and in relationships.
"Growing up the light-skinned girl was always the main character, and the darker skinned girl was always a side character."- Women talk about the frequency of Colourism.
 
Diversity and Inclusion Insights

Survey from LinkedIn finds age biggest barrier to career progression
Age is the “number one barrier” to job opportunities in the UK, above gender, ethnicity or educational background, according to research by LinkedIn. The survey, which polled more than 2,000 individuals in the UK as part of a wider global study, found many in the UK believed their age to be problematic when looking for a more stable job or changing career. Almost a quarter (23 per cent) of respondents believed their age was a barrier in the job market, compared to 7 per cent who thought their level of educational attainment prevented them from getting ahead. Just 5 per cent thought gender was a barrier, and 4 per cent cited ethnicity. Emily Andrews, senior evidence manager at the Centre for Ageing Better says: “Offering training and career development opportunities to employees of all ages, and using age-neutral language and images in recruitment adverts, can also encourage a larger and more diverse range of job applicants.” Click on the photo below to read more about the LinkedIn survey.
 
Story of the Week

Gay Star News co-founder shares his blood cancer story to help others
One month before he turned 40, Scott Nunn was diagnosed with Myeloma, a type of blood cancer. Here Scott chronicles his journey from being diagnosed to living with his diagnosis. Scott says, "I saw a report last year that said LGBT+ people rated cancer as their fourth biggest health concern. And yet, we rarely talk about it in our community." Scott hopes that by sharing his story he will encourage others to talk about what is happening to them. Click on Scott's photo below to read his frank and personal journey.

 
Featured Video

Can you be non-binary and a lesbian?
Ash, H and Tortor identify as both non-binary and lesbian and in this video they explain their experiences with the lesbian community and online dating. Traditionally, lesbian is understood to mean a woman who is attracted to women, and therefore a binary term – so they’re often asked: “How can you be both lesbian and non-binary?” For H, who goes by they/she pronouns, they feel that both identities are intertwined and the idea that you can’t be both “comes from a flawed understanding of what lesbianism as an identity means." Check out their perspective in the video below.
"You can definitely have an authentic lesbian experience, as a non-binary person." H explains how they believe that there is a lack of understanding of what lesbianism means.
 
Events

Join us at the Business Change and Transformation Conference Europe 2020
Our CEO Cynthia Davis will be speaking on Wednesday 18 March at the IRM UK event on how diversity and inclusion is essential for good business and society. This is a unique opportunity to explore and debate the vital connections between business change, business and digital transformation, innovation and leveraging technology. This conference is an excellent mix of vision, strategy, principles and implementation. Discover new ideas, approaches and solutions, while learning first-hand from the experiences and successes of organisations across Europe. Click the photo to register for tickets.

Inspirational Person of the Week

Pidgeon Pagonis
Pidgeon Pagonis is a queer, gender non-conforming intersex activist, born with androgen insensitivity syndrome (AIS). This means that although they were born with XY chromosomes, their body did not react to the testosterone in the womb and thus they did not develop typical male sex characteristics. They were not told of this condition and were not allowed access to their medical records. Pidgeon was raised as a girl and told that they had ovarian cancer (when they in fact had no ovaries, but internal testes) and was subjected to a series of invasive surgeries to alter their genitalia without their consent. In 2015, they launched a worldwide #intersexstories twitterstorm on Intersex Awareness Day. That same year, they were among 9 LGBTQ+ Artists honoured with a Champion of Change Award from the Obama White House. In 2016, they were featured on the cover of National Geographic’s January issue titled Gender Revolution, launched an intersex-resource YouTube channel, co-founded the group Intersex Justice Project (IJP), introduced an intersex and non-binary art and clothing line (Too Cute to Be Binary), and also made a cameo on Amazon’s show Transparent. In 2017, their short documentary The Son I Never Had premiered at Outfest and won a jury award at NCGLFF. This week we celebrate the incredible determination and commitment to awareness that they have championed.

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