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30 Oct 2020

Diversity Lens - Issue 50

Oct 30

Diversity Lens - Issue 50

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We're 50 newsletters old! Check out our brand new design and see our list of 50 ally actions to honour our birthday.
1. Share mistakes you make on the journey to becoming a better ally

2. Create an opening for someone who keeps getting talked over

3. Reflect on the power of language; is it inclusive or erasing?
4. Introduce yourself to someone who doesn’t look like you
5. Push back on decision-making where the loudest voices win

6. Normalise stating your own pronouns

7. "Leave loudly” when heading out for personal reasons. Normalise managing your work/life balance.

Click here for our full list of 50 tips.
In this landmark issue, we run down our Black History Month celebrations and look at the month's images of strength and beauty. We spotlight a first-hand account of growing up as non-binary and celebrate the launch of a revolutionary new bank feature for transgender and non-binary users. Don't miss the interrogation of racist Instagram filters, or the exploration of renting as a wheelchair user. Scroll down for our job vacancies this week.


What happened this Black History Month 2020?

As we come to the end of Black History Month, we reflect on how we honoured this month at BAME Recruitment. BAME Recruitment's Cynthia Davis participated in a number of panel events and keynote speeches where she shared her experiences as a Black female entrepreneur, and provided guidance to organisations hoping to improve inclusivity (see the full list). Internally, each of our team has shared what Black History Month means to them, catch them all on our Youtube channel.
Watch here...
Black History Month: Images of strength and beauty

An exhibition this October celebrates Black British people from all walks of life. It is an online exhibition showcasing powerful images, from protests to portraits. The final selection aims to represent the lives of Black British citizens past and present, and the struggles they experience. A diverse mix of established and emerging photographers made submissions, including Frederic Aranda who put forward a portrait of Olympic medal-winning sprinter Dina Asher-Smith, positioned in a running stance whilst in a ballgown. Check out the beautiful selection of images.
See the images...

Are you a boy or a girl? 

“It’s funny how it’s sometimes easier for the world to see you as an either/or.”
Joke Daems shares their experience growing up outside the gender binary. They detail the pressures of conforming to gender norms, to shave their legs or wear make up, and dabbling as a drag king. They explored a number of labels that didn't feel right, but were more easily accepted in our society. While their ideal would be rejecting all labels outright, they explain how they became to identify mostly with the term non-binary. Read more about their journey from childhood to parent.
Read more... (5 minutes)

Major bank to launch “True Name” feature with Mastercard, allowing trans and non-binary people to use their chosen name

A year ago Mastercard announced their 'true name' initiative, but this still meant banks had to decide whether to offer the feature to their customers. U.S. bank Citi have become the first to do so, allowing trans and non-binary people to use their chosen name on their credit card. The hope is that the feature will decrease negative experiences and discrimination for people using their card with a name or gender that does not match the identity they present.
"We’ve received incredible feedback [...] on how the capability has eased a major pain point"
Read more... (1.5 minutes)


Here are 4 ways companies can make workplaces more LGBTQ inclusive
"6 in 10 employers say D&I is a priority for their company, only 1 in 3 employers have initiatives, policies or a D&I team in place"
Inclusive workplaces do not exist from good intentions alone, we must make conscious actions. Forbes emphasises that this drive should not be led by human resources alone, a trap many companies fall into, but leaders at all levels. There is still a long way to go to ensure LGBTQ+ inclusive workplaces; Forbes suggests just a few ways to kickstart your journey of improvement; including training on inclusive language, updating policies and benefits to be unequivocally inclusive, and running workshops to educate.
Read more... (4.5 minutes)


Instagram filters: 'Our skin is for life, not for likes'
Instagram users discuss and critique the dark side of filters. While the Instagram tool originally appeared harmless fun, the feature has adapted and evolved towards more subtle changes of identity than just adding dog ears. British-born Chinese vlogger Shu Lin describes how the filters can perpetuate stereotypes and appropriate cultures. Some of these filters attempt to mimic Asian features through changing skin colours and facial features. Other filters have been accused of promoting blackface, darkening the user's skin.
"Our skin isn't an exotic look for selfies. People of colour don't have the privilege to be white when it might help us", Vaani Kaur, an activist and teacher says.
Any user can create a filter. While Instagram algoritihms claim to reject any founded on stereotypes or cosmetic surgery, countless ones such as these are still very much live on the platform. There are concerns over the exposure of young people particualarly to these filters and the normalisation of racial discrimination. Read more... (6 minutes)


'I Can’t Reach From Here': Problems Renting as a Wheelchair User
Emma wants to find a shared accessible property in Liverpool.


Black History Month Edition.

David Olusoga
Historian, professor and filmmaker David Olusaga specialises in Black British history, and has been vocal about the erasure of Black history in UK culture, schools and general knowledge. In 2016, David published Black and British: A Forgotten History which was subsequently made into a BBC programme, and more recently released a children's book of the same topic. David has been a prominent voice throughout this turbulent year, but has also found difficulty as a Black person working in TV feeling "isolated and disempowered by the culture" of the industry. While he laments that progress has been slow, he remains hopeful that the events of this year could mark the start of real change.
“Black History Month 2020 is infused with the spirit of this remarkable year, one in which millions of people have engaged with ideas of race and racism as never before.”
Black History Month 2020 is imbued with a different feeling to previous years, David feels. It is a boost of momentum to the Black Lives Matter Movement which has seen royals and major corporations stake a claim in the month. This year, in which Black History Month seems higher on our collective agenda than ever before, could be a new 'coming of age'. Read more... (6 minutes)

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