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02 Jul 2021

Diversity Lens - Issue 83

Jul 2

Diversity Lens - Issue 83

Welcome to Diversity Lens.
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We've come to the end of Pride month; what did you learn this year? I'd really recommend our piece on Rainbow Capitalism in Issue #81 if you haven't caught it yet.

In the midst of the Euros and the upcoming Olympics, it feels acutely unfair that Pride events and celebrations have been mostly cancelled this year.

However, the LGBTQIA+ community won't be silenced that easily. If you're looking for some queer joy this Friday, check out the adapted pride parades around the world in pictures.
"The UK should be having a racial reckoning. Instead, Black Lives Matter activists say they fear for their safety"
Aima, 19, is a prominent BLM activist and used to protests - but now she is nervous. At a recent peaceful march, two white allies flanked her for protection.

Aima has experienced an increase of online threats, along with many other Black activists, that have left her fearing for her life.

Since the highly criticised government report on race and ethnic disparities claimed that the UK "should be regarded as a model for other White-majority countries", there is a growing concern that race relations are going backwards.
"It feels like you are talking to a brick wall, but the people on the other side of that wall [are] the majority of the population in this country"
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This year, London Trans+ Pride was bigger than ever

Trans Pride took place on Saturday with thousands taking to the street to fight for their rights. Munroe Bergdorf addressed the crowd with a powerful speech as well as Bimini Bon Boulash, Kae Tempest and Ki Griffin.
"No matter how isolated we have felt in our past, we are no longer silenced, we are no longer in the shadows, we are here. Take up this space. This space is yours!” Munroe Bergdorf

Footballer Li Ying becomes first Chinese player to come out as lesbian

Ying, who plays for China’s women’s national football team, is the first high-profile figure in any sport in China to come out publicly. She did so on social media platform Weibo with an expression of devotion towards her girlfriend. Despite receiving generally positive reactions, Ying deleted the post shortly after. Read time: 1 minute
UN report urges to end ‘impunity’ for police brutality against black people

In the aftermath of George Floyd's death a UN report was commissioned. They analysed deaths involving police brutality and found that police officers are rarely held accountable for killing black people. The UN report confronts the UK government with evidence of the systemic racism they so recently denied and calls for collective action to "stop denying, and start dismantling".Read time: 2 minutes
John Lewis Partnership launches new support for working families

John Lewis are the first UK retailer to introduce 26 weeks equal paid maternity and paternity leave, and two weeks' paid pregnancy loss leave. These advancements come alongside a new flexible working commitment, and a new scheme to provide career help for young people leaving the care system. Read time: 5 minutes
Children of immigrants ‘held back by employer discrimination’ in UK

A report has found that second-generation African, Caribbean and Asian people are being subject to employer discrimination, despite tending to be highly educated. These demographics were found to be far more likely to have a university degree in comparison to their white peers, yet face higher unemployment rates. The report points to discrimination, but also the need for social networks, and the location of suitable roles.Read time: 2.5 minutes
‘Chinglish’ author Sue Cheung discusses being a voice and inspiration for British East Asians

British Chinese authors are rarely encountered, but Sue Cheung has risen to prominence in recent years with her excellent and award-winning book Chinglish. The story, closely based on Cheung's own childhood, is now being adapted for TV.

She was first hesitant about sharing her 'warts and all' story of growing up in a Chinese takeaway in 1980s Coventry, but the reaction of those who relate to her experience made it worth it. Cheung touches on a common immigrant experience of fraught identity - "being too Chinese at school and too Western at home". Yet Cheung uses dark humour throughout the book as a reprieve from the serious issues she battles, just as she did in her own life.Buy Chinglish now.
"I don’t like fighting fire with fire. I think being angry with people who are angry just fuels the situation."

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