20 November is Transgender Day of Remembrance and with that in mind we have chosen Annie Wallace as our Diversity Champion of the Month.
Annie is an actor from Aberdeen. A former National Youth Theatre member, she graduated from the Manchester Metropolitan School of Theatre in 2004 and has appeared in many theatre productions. As well as being a performer, Annie writes and records music and is a skilled sound recordist and designer.
Annie is a patron of Mermaids a charity supporting trans and gender diverse children, young people and their families. Mermaids started small but has now evolved into one of the UK’s leading LGBTQ+ charities.
On 29 October 2015, Annie made history by becoming the first transgender person to play a regular transgender character in a British soap opera when she debuted as school headteacher, Sally St. Claire in Channel 4’s Hollyoaks.
Since starting in Hollyoaks, she has been regularly listed in the prestigious Rainbow List, Pride Power List, Diva Power List, and the USA OUT100, as one of the country’s most influential LGBT people.
She is a staunch supporter of transgender children, young people and their families. Her advocacy has seen her appear on Celebrity Mastermind, with Mermaids as her charity of choice.
We’re proud to be a signatory supporting this Stonewall campaign, along with over 100 other companies to urge the UK Government to make progress for the trans community.
As an inclusive university we fully support the public statement to say trans rights are human rights. We’re proud to show our support for trans people in our university community, and more widely in our local communities and across the UK.
You can consider writing a letter on behalf of your organisation to the Prime Minister and Women and Equalities Minister to outline your concerns about recent press reports, show your support for trans equality and urge the Government to give trans people the support and recognition they deserve. A template letter is included should you wish to use this.
You can find out more on Stonewall’s website and social media.
February is LGBT history month and with this in mind we have chosen Sue Perkins
as our Inspirational Diversity Champion of the Month.
Sue is a comedian, broadcaster, actress, and writer. Originally coming
to prominence through her comedy partnership with Mel Giedroyc, who she met
whilst studying at Cambridge University.
They gained early success being shortlisted for the Best Newcomers Award
at the Edinburgh Festival. Together they have appeared in many tv shows or
written for other performers.
has been involved in a wide variety of TV shows including, amongst many others,
Celebrity Big Brother, QI, Newsnight, Celebrity MasterChef, Question Time and
Have I got News for You.
2008 she appeared on the show Maestro, in which celebrities were taught to
conduct an orchestra, which she won. She
has given lectures for the Royal Television Society and taken part in several wide-ranging
documentaries including those on the Dinnington Colliery Band, Mrs Dickens Family
Christmas and World’s Most Dangerous Road.
of Sue’s most famous TV roles was the joint hosting of The Great British Bake
Off which she presented from 2010 -2017 when the show moved to Channel 4. In September 2019 she presented ‘Japan with
Sue Perkins’ and in 2016 began hosting the panel show ‘Insert Here’.
In August 2012, Sue appeared on Tatler’s list of
high-profile lesbians in London and in 2014 she was ranked sixth in The Independent on Sunday’s Rainbow List.
“I got a lot of people just patting me on the back and saying ‘well done, it doesn’t matter that you are gay’.”
In August 2017, Ryan Atkin became the first man refereeing in England’s professional leagues to come out as gay.
Since then, he has gone from working as an assistant referee in the English Football League to refereeing in the National League this season.
From running the line to being the man in the middle, he has been nominated has been named as one of Stonewall’s Sport Champions for 2019.
Before the charity’s Rainbow Laces campaign, which started on Friday and is aimed at tackling homophobia in sport, Atkin spoke to the BBC’s LGBT Sport Podcast and says he hopes that others can follow in his footsteps. More
Would you like to have a say in how the University:
Promotes equality, diversity and inclusion
Celebrates the diversity of its staff and students
Shapes its recruitment approaches to support diversity
Develops its training offer to support staff to advance their careers
Develops and delivers teaching and learning to students from diverse backgrounds.
then how about joining one of our five Staff Networks: Black Asian and Minority
Ethnic (BAME), LGBT+, Disability, Faith
and Women’s Network.
Staff Network meetings are being held and focus on planning work that helps
promote diversity and inclusion across the University. These networks have a
direct communication channel to Senior Management through the Equality,
Diversity and Inclusion Committee.
If you are
interested in being a part of any of these inspiring groups, please contact
Naseer Ahmad in the EDI Team on: email@example.com.
Come along and discuss and share your ideas for our network whether you’ve been to network events before, or are new to the network.
We are looking to restart the activities of the university’s LGBT+ Staff Network. If you would like to be involved please do come along to our ‘town hall’ meeting and let us know your opinions.
The meeting will take place from 4pm on Wednesday 27 March in the Stephen Lawrence building SL001 on the Greenwich campus. Colleagues from Avery Hill, Medway or Bathway who’d like to attend please see the university bus service timetable.
When the network is reestablished our intention is to hold activities and events across our three campuses.