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18 Sep 2020

Diversity Lens - Issue 44

Sep 18

Diversity Lens - Issue 44

Diversity Lens

In a rush? This week we spotlight the Trans+ Pride March, and hear a firsthand, viral transgender storyJohn Boyega opens up about his experience of the film industry while Simone Biles takes to twitter to defend women's rights. We feature an incredibly powerful short film on equality in cycling and reveal an exciting new Tate exhibition on Black LGBTQ+ representation. Scroll down for more news stories and our jobs of the week.
 
Latest News

John Boyega: 'I’m the only cast member whose experience of Star Wars was based on their race'
Having recently resigned from the Jo Malone campaign, John Boyega refuses to be silent about the racial discrimination in the corporate world. We take a look at Boyega's interview with GQ published earlier this month in which he speaks of two-dimensional representations of people of colour on screen and how and when he developed his public image into one that advocates for change. He emphasises how important it is for unity. Hear his story by clicking his photo below.

Read time: 10 minutes



Simone Biles defended Caster Semenya after testosterone ruling
A court recently ruled that gold medalist Caster Semenya will be barred from competing in certain Olympic events until she lowers her natural testosterone levels. This decision gained rightful outrage among sportswomen and beyond as a needless policing of a woman’s body to conform to binary gender expectations. Simone Biles weighed in on Twitter saying, “this is wrong on so many levels… once again men having control over women's bodies”. The chromosome binary of XX and XY is outdated and even the WHO say that “while most females and males are born with XX and XY chromosomes respectively, there are a variety of different variations that people can have.” Read more by clicking her photo below.

Read time: 2.5 minutes



I hid my transgender identity for years. Then my transition photos went hugely viral.
Madison Hall is a Data Editorial Fellow at Insider - she tells the remarkable story of how her transgender journey went viral a week before she began her new job. Madison had been out to the world for over a year and finally felt comfortable enough to post an update online, a comparison photo of herself pre- and post- 2 years of transitioning. “As the post grew in popularity, I worried I may lose my job”, Madison explains, workplace discrimination for the trans community being a sad reality. Luckily, the newsroom she found herself in was diverse and supportive. Madison is now able to celebrate her true identity without fear and provides support and empathy for those struggling with similar identity issues. Hear more from Madison by clicking the viral image below.

Read time: 6 minutes
 
Diversity and Inclusion Insights

Why do women appear to bear the brunt of ageism at work?
"My age is the biggest benefit. It's my biggest asset", states Tricia Cusden - Founder of Look Fabulous Forever: a make up range targeted specifically at older women. With the demographic of people over the age of 65 getting larger, ageism in the workforce is becoming more pronounced, with women being more likely to bare the brunt of this discrimination. Cusden is just one example of a growing number of older women challenging this recruitment bias by showing their essential contribution to the economy.

Read time: 5 minutes



How HR, D&I practitioners, CEOs & Line Managers can support Black colleagues
Petunia Thomas, a consultant partnered with BAME Recruitment, writes insightfully on cultivating a supporting work culture for Black employees. “Organisations cannot underestimate the unspoken exhaustion, emotional drain, burden and trauma black colleagues have been experiencing during this period”, she emphasises. Though colleagues may be continuing to show up and carry on as usual, this may be accompanied by heavy emotional trauma. Petunia warns that while inviting feedback from colleagues is a positive step, companies must be warned that voluntary sharing on this topic can take a further toll and must be handled with sensitivity. For 7 things you can do to support your Black colleagues in this period, click the image below.

Read time: 7.5 minutes
 
Events

PRCA National Conference 2020: PR as a Force for Positive Change
Our CEO and founder Cynthia Davis will be joining some of the world’s leading PR & business leaders at PRCA’s UK National Conference. On the 24th September a day of panel discussions will take place revolving around PR as a Force for Positive Change. Cynthia will be addressing racism in PR and Communications along with three other expert speakers. You can find the full agenda and tickets by clicking the image below.

 
Story of the Week

40 Galvanising Photos From The Trans Pride March In London
Last Saturday the second-ever London Trans+ Pride march took place in London. Demonstrators marched from Wellington Arch to Parliament Square where they were met with speeches from the event’s founder Lucia Blayke and more. The crowd marched while socially distancing where possible. The event had 3 key focuses; demanding legal recognition for non-binary people, reforms to UK’s Gender Recognition Act, and an end to non-consensual surgeries on intersex people. Click the image below for more inspiring pictures of the march.

Read time: 1 minute
 
Featured Video

Equality - A short film
Women are shockingly still barred from competing in the Tour de France. Despite the InternationElles team proving time and again that they are up to the task, women are still left out of the prestigious race. In this short film they released, the InternationElles reveal the blatant inequality and sexism within the sport. Watch below.
"Why wouldn't they want to broaden the sport and appeal to 50% of the population?"
 

Inspirational Person of the Week

Visual activist Zanele Muholi on Black LGBTI South African representation
Zanele Muholi speaks with Dazed ahead of their first UK solo exhibition with Tate Modern. “In my world, every human is beautiful”, the South African visual artist says. Muholi’s art is designed to elevate Black LGBTI people in South Africa and over 260 of these photographs will be exhibited at the Tate Modern in November. Muholi is more interested in “documenting realities of people who deserve to be heard” than capturing beauty. See them speak on this more in the video below.

"The work I produce is meant to be for every person"

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