Empowering Lessons from Renowned LGBTQ+ History Month Speakers
As we approach LGBTQ+ History Month, companies up and down the country will be planning their celebrations and initiatives.
As a leading speaker’s bureau, we have seen firsthand how transformative a visit from an inspirational speaker can be; how they can change perspectives, educate, and inspire positive change.
Our incredible roster of speakers come from diverse backgrounds and experiences, offering unique perspectives on the challenges and triumphs of being LGBTQ+.
In particular, our LGBTQ+ History Month Speakers are experts at shining a light on the history of the LGBTQ+ community, whilst also exploring the progress made and the challenges that remain today.
Lessons we can learn from our LGBTQ+ History Month Speakers
Reverend Richard Coles
Reverend Richard Coles, a gay vicar, offers a unique perspective on the intersection of religion and homosexuality. His experiences challenge conventional notions of faith and identity, reminding us that religion can be a source of both comfort and conflict for LGBTQ individuals. Through his openness and honesty, Coles encourages dialogue and understanding between religious and LGBTQ communities.
Jill Nalder, the person whose life inspired the hit TV series “It’s a Sin,” provides a firsthand account of the AIDS crisis. Her story highlights the devastating impact of the epidemic and the resilience of those who faced it. Jill’s experiences also challenge misconceptions about HIV/AIDS and encourage compassion and support for those living with the virus.
Jill was also instrumental in launching West End Cares, which later became Theatre MAD. This charity has raised over a staggering £8 million for HIV/AIDS initiatives in the UK and Africa. A true testament to her dedication and drive.
Max Siegel, a transgender influencer and expert on inclusion, offers valuable insights into the history of Pride and its ongoing significance. Siegel’s work reminds us that Pride is not just a celebration but also a protest against ongoing discrimination and marginalisation. His advocacy for inclusion promotes understanding and acceptance of diverse identities.
Lady Phyll Opoku-Gyimah
Lady Phyll Opoku-Gyimah, the founder of UK Black Pride, sheds light on the intersection of race and sexuality. Her work highlights the unique challenges faced by Black LGBTQ individuals and the importance of intersectional activism. Opoku-Gyimah’s efforts promote visibility and inclusion for all members of the LGBTQ community.
Throughout her illustrious career, Lady Phyll has received recognition and accolades for her dedication to the community. She has been featured on the World Pride Power List and included in the Top 100 Most Influential LGBT People on the Independent Rainbow List.
Charlie Martin, a transgender race driver, provides a powerful perspective on transphobia in sport. Charlie’s experiences challenge stereotypes and misconceptions about transgender athletes, demonstrating their talent and determination. Her story encourages greater inclusion and acceptance in the world of sport.
Nigel Owens MBE
Nigel Owens MBE, the first openly gay professional rugby referee, offers valuable insights into homophobia in sport, toxic masculinity, LGBTQ+ mental health, and the importance of bravery. Nigel’s experiences challenge outdated notions of masculinity and encourage open dialogue about mental health issues within the LGBTQ+ community. His story demonstrates the power of courage and authenticity.
Marley Conte, a non-binary speaker, can provide an account of the history of LGBTQ+ people and the lived experiences of being non-binary and a non-binary parent. Marley’s work challenges traditional gender norms and promotes understanding of non-binary identities. Their story encourages acceptance and inclusivity for all gender identities.
Jake and Hannah Graf
Jake and Hannah Graf, a UK transgender couple, offer a unique perspective on various aspects of life as transgender individuals and as a couple. Their experiences provide valuable lessons on navigating pre-and post-transition challenges, gender equality, addiction, mental health, relationships, and parenthood. Jake Graf is an international multi award winning director, writer and actor based in London. Meanwhile, Captain Hannah Graf (née Winterbourne) is an Officer of the British Army serving with the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers. In 2013 Hannah came out as a transgender woman and became one of the highest ranking transgender soldiers within the British Army.
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