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Diversity Lens - Issue 95

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Diversity Lens - Issue 95

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September is traditionally seen as a high point for jobseeker activity in the calendar year, with holidays drawing to a close and children returning to school.

Early numbers indicate that the spike has not been so severe in 2021. Is the nation having an extended holiday? Or have we become better at prioritising our wellbeing by taking a break when we need it?

Perhaps it’s time to stop seeing September as an annual job rush post-summer holiday and put our health and well-being first with a well deserved break whenever it’s needed.

"Willie Garson’s pristine performance on 'Sex and the City' changed queer representation forever"

With this week came the tragic news of the death of Willie Garson, best known for his 'gay best friend' role in Sex and the City.

Sex and the City is far from perfect, but it is a show that has permeated the consciousness of most of us at the least, traversing generations as well as continents. SATC heavily relied on archetypal characters to which Stanford, played by Garson, was no exception. Regardless of this however, for many Stanford was the first openly gay character on a TV show they grew to know, and perhaps first identified with.

As a result of this, the news of Garson's death has truly saddened a mass of people who knew him affectionately as Stanford.

Stanford, Mic claim, was "one of the most iconic queer representations in modern television". He began on the show in 1998 as bold, incredibly camp and ostentatious, as well as kind and supportive.

His character was somewhat tokenistic, held apart from the primary friendship group of the show, but his role was a truly significant one in terms of its impact, forever altering "the landscape of queer representation".

"Stanford was formatively queer for young people seeing a gay character on television for the first time, and a relatable reflection for those already living in the reality of being openly queer in the late 90s and early 2000s."

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No more white saviours, thanks: how to be a true anti-racist ally

After witnessing many performative acts of support for the BLM movement last year, Nova Reid puts forward that these gestures are self-serving and reinforce the white saviour narrative. Instead, Reid urges the need for white people to unlearn racism by asking themselves whether they are acting because it is the right thing to do or to feel better and make themselves look good.

Read time: 11 minutes

"They were using me as a priest at confession, to whom they could start offloading their own sins and shame about racism."

A brilliant role model’: CBeebies hires first presenter with Down’s syndrome

In a brilliant step for representation, CBeebies welcomes 20-year-old actor George Webster to the channel. Webster has previously appeared in an educational video on BBC Bitesize and will now join CBeebies as a guest presenter, hosting segments between programmes. Webster, who is also an ambassador for the disability charity Mencap, says he's "so proud" to secure the role.

Read time: 1 minute
#EmmysSoWhite: No actors of colour win despite record nominee lineup

News of the Emmys this week came with a disappointing step backwards for representation. All of the major acting awards went to white actors, despite the nominations for the night showing major improvement for the recognition of BIPOC talent. However we did see RuPaul break a record for most Emmys won by a person of colour, and rejoiced for Michaela Coel winning 'Outstanding Writing', the first Black woman to do so.

Read time: 5 minutes
Why inexperienced workers can't get entry-level jobs
In recent years, entry level jobs have become scarce. In fact, an analysis found that out of 4 million entry level jobs posted on LinkedIn, over a third required some form of prior experience. This experience comes more and more in the form of internships - a role that equally more and more people at University are finding it difficult to attain. However, there is reason for optimism as the pandemic prompts an overhaul of hiring systems.

Read time: 11 minutes

"Having a job on campus, in food service or whatever, seems to harm you. I think it signals class, which is part of the reason we’ve got inequality issues"

VisibleStart - Our first virtual course for midlife women from London

It’s time to turn your creative flair into a career in the advertising industry with this FREE training course open to women over the age of 45 based in and around London. The VisibleStart course will start in October with over 8 weeks of online video tutorials and virtual events. NO previous experience required.

Read time: 6 minutes
McCann Worldgroup pledges its commitment to Kickstart Scheme

Global marketing company, McCann Worldgroup are supporting the next generation of talent gain traction within Marketing and Advertising careers. Backed by the UK Government’s Kickstart Scheme, they're offering 80 internships in a nationwide programme to "help young people gain meaningful long-term employment and experience".

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