Week four

Recommended reading 

Consider reading our profiles on Mark Weston and Robert Graves or pick up A Gay History of Britain: Love and Sex Between Men Since the Middle Ages by Matt Cook, Robert Mills, Randolph Trumback, H.G.Cocks.

Watch live

This week’s live event is a webinar on Intersectionality as a means to social justice by riham sheble. To register for the event please visit EventBrite.

riham sheble is an Afro-Arab freelance researcher, translator and editor. She was a political and women’s rights activist and human rights defender in her home country, Egypt. She is currently an MA candidate at the department of Film and Television studies at the University of Warwick.

Her presentation will focus on intersectionality as a crucial approach to try to achieve social justice and equity for LGBTQ+ communities specifically but also society as a whole. The term “intersectionality” was coined by Kimberle Williams Crenshaw and it recognises identity is not a monolith, but it is made up of different components which together impact an individual’s situation in society, contributing to either their privilege or oppression, and sometimes to both advantage and marginalisation depending on which identity marker is put in focus. These components include: race/ethnicity, class/socio-economic and educational status, sex/gender and sexual orientation, (dis)ability, age, location/nationality/immigration status. Each of these markers is socially met with stereotypes (positive or negative) that shape how people perceive us and how we perceive others. She will be using her own identities to demonstrate how intersectionality manifests itself.

Watch whenever

Youtube: How to Be a Good Ally - Identity, Privilege, Resistance | Ahsante the Artist

Allyship is an active process. As a black queer asexual cis able-bodied woman in the LGBT+ community, here is Ahsante’s take on how to be a better intersectionality ally. For more information about Ahsante visit Ahsante the Artist.

TedTalk: The importance of using inclusive language by Fahad Saeed

Diversity trainer and activist Fahad Saeed addresses myths surrounding inclusive language and acronyms. Using his own experiences as a gay Muslim, he redefines the constructs around personal identity and the positive repercussion in marginalised communities.

Philadelphia available to rent £3.49 Amazon

A lawyer files a wrongful termination lawsuit against his former employers, who fired him based on his sexuality and his HIV diagnosis. Starring Tom Hanks, Denzel Washington, Mary Steenburgen and Antonio Banderas.

Dallas Buyers Club included with Amazon Prime

Electrician Ron Woodroof finds a way to work around the system to help AIDS patients access medication, in 1985 Dallas. Starring Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner and Jared Leto. 

Rocket Man available to purchase £5.99

Biographical musical film based on the life of Sir Elton John following from his early years as a child prodigy at the Royal Academy of Music through to his successful hit song ‘Rocket Man’ in 1972. Staring Taron Egerton, Jamie Bell and Richard Madden.

Charity of the Week... New Family Social 

New Family Social (NFS) is a national charity based in Swaffham Bulbeck. NFS is led by and represents LGBTQ+ adopters and foster carers. Support is available to help those considering adoption or fostering, throughout the process and the journey after. They work with partner agencies to ensure that there is sufficient LGBTQ+ representation for prospective parents, to help as many children in care.

What started as a social event for 20 families and prospective families back in 2007 has grown to be the recognised support network within the UK for LGBTQ+ adopters and foster carers. Representing the community annually, and with particular campaigns such as LGBT+ Adoption and Fostering Week, which in 2020 reached over 23 million people on twitter alone, the charity offers a series of national events, supporting over 5000 LGBTQ+ adopter and foster carer members across the UK. To find out more or to get involved please visit the NSF website.


We are working with Encompass to welcome voices from within the LGBTQ+ community. Please note that, as with any external speakers, there may be some opinions expressed that are not necessarily held by the Council.

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