Week two

Recommended reading

Take a moment to read our profile piece on Mark Ashton, who is also the focus of this week's recommended film Pride (more below).

Consider reading Equal Ever After: The fight for Same-Sex Marriage – and how I made it happen by Lynne Featherstone

Watch whenever

TedTalk: How to fight prejudice through policy conversations by David Fleischer

Activist David Fleischer and his team at the LA LGBT Center went door to door to speak to residents following a controversial vote which banned same-sex marriage in California. This talk discusses the results of the door-to-door  and how face to face conversations helped reverse prejudice.

Youtube: LGBT+ Allies in the Workplace

Nestle UK and Ireland LGBT+ Network have made a short film about the importance of allies in the workplace

Film: Pride (rent on Amazon Prime £3.49)

During the miners strike, two seemingly contrasting communities come together to form a surprising and ultimately triumphant partnership. Based on the true actions of Mark Ashton who is profiled this week under our Recommended reading (above).

Documentary: Hannah Gadsby: Nanette

Comedian Hannah Gadsby delivers a stand up routine with a twist, discussing personal stories on gender, sexuality and much more. Available on Netflix UK. Please note this contains strong language.

TV Series: Pose

The story of an LGBTQ+ ball fixture, Bianca who starts her own house. Becoming mother to a gifted dancer and a sex worker in love with a yuppie client. Set in 1987 New York. Available on Netflix.

Live event

Webinar: Mythbuster and allyship with the LGBTQ+ community with Morwan Osman and Zainabb Hull. Wednesday 10 February, 1pm to 2pm. Watch the recording of the event below. 

Morwan Osman and Zainabb Hull lead a workshop on mythbusting and allyship, covering common myths, responses and ways to be an active ally to people in the LGBTQ+ community.

Morwan (they/them or he/him) is a queer Sudanese-American and member of QTI Coalition of Colour. In their spare time, they work as a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Cambridge’s Department of Medicine. Zainabb (they/them) is a queer trans disabled femme of colour from London working with the Inclusive Mosque Initiative, and are currently finishing their Master's in Postcolonial Studies. They are also an activist and writer.

Charity of the week... The Kite Trust

The Kite Trust is a Cambridge based charity that envisages an inclusive society where LGBTQ+ young people are healthy, successful and celebrated. They aim to support the wellbeing and creativity of LGBTQ+ young people in Cambridgeshire, Peterborough and the surrounding areas through information, support and groups in order to build inclusive communities tackling inequality through consultancy, training and education to all sectors.  

The charity was founded in 1993 by a small group of dedicated local people and has had different names from ‘Kite Club’ to ‘SexYOUality’, before settling with ‘The Kite Trust’ in 2016. Since 1993, the group retained the same spirit and core purposes but has developed in terms of its organisational capacity and the services it provides.  

For more information or to get involved visit their 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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