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17 Sep 2021

Diversity Lens - Issue 94

Sep 17

Diversity Lens - Issue 94

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This week we found out that 56% of young people think humanity is doomed. In the world's largest study into climate-related fears, they also reported that 75% were frightened of the future.

Need an antidote? In good news this week, one of London’s busiest streets goes car-free; Lewis Hamilton attended the Met Gala and paid for young Black designers to accompany him; and accounting firm KPMG have pledged to recruit more working-class staff and to publish a socio-economic pay gap.
"Met Gala: Multiple arrests made as large crowd of BLM protesters gather outside fashion event"
The Independent

Did you realise there were protesters outside the Met Gala? Photos of the elite at this high fashion event have overshadowed BLM clashes with the police.

While most of us were preoccupied by the passive activism occurring inside the prestigious event - see AOC’s bold dress- you might have missed the large group of demonstrators outside the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Protestors were acting peacefully and seen to be chanting Black Lives Matter, before police began making arrests.

The extravagance and opulence inside the event contrasted sharply with the scenes outside, a disparity made more evident considering the past 18 months of widespread financial, health and social insecurity. Met Gala tickets will set you back £30K.

“Being at the Met this year was cognitive dissonance", Pose star Indya Moore explained. “People were protesting and arrested in the name of what so many of us who attended, care deeply about." It was Moore's first Met Gala, and they have said it will be their last.
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Strictly Come Dancing crew learning sign language ahead of welcoming first deaf contestant

Rose Ayling-Ellis will join the other 14 celebrities in the ballroom on Saturday. In measures taken to supporting Rose, the production team will undertake specialised training and learn the basics of sign language. Rose will also be accompanied by an interpreter throughout rehearsals and live shows.

This year we will also see the first male same-sex dance pairing.

Read time: 3.5 minutes
Brain scans revealed how racism weighs on Black women's health
A new study conducted by neuropsychologists has found that Black women who have experienced more racism throughout their lives may suffer long term health problems. Using MRIs to observe brain activity, the researchers found that women who were exposed to more discrimination in their life have "stronger brain responses to threat" suggesting that racism has had a "trauma-like' effect.

Read time: 4 minutes
Lil Nas X honored for talking about suicide, mental health

The Trevor Project has recognised the 22-year-old artist for his candid approach to mental health. Before he came out as gay in 2019, he thought he would “die with the secret”. Since, he has been transparent about his suicidal feelings and depression, normalising such conversations among young people. The Trevor Project applauds this via their Suicide Prevention Advocate of the Year Award.

Read time: 3.5 minutes

"If using my voice and expressing myself in my music can help even one kid out there who feels alone, then it was all worth it."

Tom Ilube: First black chairman of RFU hopes appointment inspires others
New Chairman of the Rugby Football Union is ready to set out a "big and exciting vision" over the coming decade. Tom Ilube is the first Black Chair of any major sport and as such, he hopes to inspire others to make a difference at all levels of the game. He emphasises the importance of representation on the pitch, in the boardroom, and in coaching and match official roles.

Read time: 6 minutes
UK developer appoints equality, diversity and inclusion manager to combat games industry toxicity
BAFTA award winning games developer, Sumo Group has just appointed their first equality, diversity & inclusion manager to enforce positive change and improve conditions for women and marginalised communities in the industry. This comes after many companies in the sector have been connected to sexual harassment cases. "The industry has a long way to go, but in recent years we have seen major improvements", says the new appointee, Leon Killin.

Read time: 2 minutes

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