Pride Month 2023

Each year Pride Month offers a fantastic opportunity for companies to address diversity, inclusion and LGBTQIA+ rights within the workplace, and take a stand for diversity, inclusion & equality.

With the aim to educate and inspire, our LGBTQIA+ speakers have a resounding impact, helping businesses achieve inclusivity.

What is Pride Month?

Pride month is an opportunity to honour, educate and take to the streets of major cities to enjoy the rainbow-themed Pride parades. Pride is an annual celebration of LGBTQIA+ equality. Every June, organisations across the world come together to both celebrate Pride and recognise the LGBTQIA+ discrimination still present in society.

Pride Month also prompts business leaders to reflect on their discrimination procedures and make important shifts to workplace culture to protect their LGBTQIA+ employees.

Celebrating Pride Month sends a clear message to your staff that you support them and their identities. There are many ways to celebrate Pride in the workplace, from booking an LGBTQIA+ speaker, to hosting a workshop on inclusion, and even reviewing diversity policies.

Looking to book a speaker for Pride? We have put below a handful of our LGBTQIA+ speakers!

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Jake and Hannah are one of the few visible transgender couples in the UK, passionate speakers on gender, equality and diversity.

They got married in 2018 and are now working towards starting their own family. They are passionate speakers on gender, equality and diversity and having become something of an inspiration to the wider transgender community, they work tirelessly to represent it both in the UK and internationally, seizing every opportunity to increase acceptance and understanding.

Matt Lindley is an Airline and ex RAF Royal Squadron Pilot, and one of the first openly gay pilots in the RAF.
Matt Lindley was an RAF pilot who specialised in flying The Queen, The Royal Family and Government Ministers world wide for over 10 years. He currently is a commercial long haul pilot. In addition to flying Matt has two distinct areas of expertise.
 
Matt runs keynotes based on lessons learnt from aviation, aimed at maximising performance and reducing human error in the work place. Matt delivers talks on Diversity, Inclusive Leadership and Resilience. 
Writer, speaker, comedian, broadcaster & photographer. LGBTQIA+ & mental health campaigner. Hon Doctor of Letters. RAF veteran. Self harm and suicide survivor. 13th most influential figure in Brighton, apparently… oh, and transgender.

Dr Sophie Cook became the first transgender woman to work in football’s Premier League as club photographer for AFC Bournemouth following her transition from Steve to Sophie in the summer of 2015. In the 2017 General Election she contested the East Worthing & Shoreham seat, increasing the Labour vote by 114% and narrowly missing out on becoming the UK’s first trans MP.

Will’s passion for public speaking has led him to speak in front of large audiences for some of the UK’s leading organisations such as Tik Tok, The British Heart Foundation, MediaCom & LinkedIn. He has also hosted career related talks at De Montfort University in Leicester.

Diversity, inclusion and racial equality is a topic close to Will’s heart as he was racially abused in school and college. Now, he is determined to make change, educate and inspire. In 2019, MediaCom invited Will to deliver a talk on the importance of diversity in the workplace and it was well received by the audience.

In 2019, Urzila became the highest-selling comedian in the 33-year long history of The Melbourne International Comedy Festival, one of the three largest comedy festivals in the world.

She also took home the coveted People’s Choice Award and made her Netflix debut as part of the streaming service’s unprecedented world-wide comedy series, Comedians Around the World which saw her handpicked as was one of 47 comedians to perform a half-hour special filmed at Just For Laughs in Montreal.

Multiple award-winning diversity, equity, inclusion & belonging catalyst, named among the top 100 LGBTQIA+ executives globally and on the Pride Power List.
 
The Inclusion Imperative, a best-practice consultancy through which he uses his extensive experience, skills and knowledge to help commercial organisations, and their leaders, harness the power of inclusion as a key strategy for organisational learning and superior business outcomes. A thought leader and driver of positive change in the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging space (DEIB).
Andreena Leeanne is a Self-Employed Lived Experience Speaker, Writing Workshop Facilitator, Poet & Author of CHARRED: A survivor speaks her truth to inspire, a collection of poems published by Team Angelica in October 2020 and shortlisted for a Polari First Book Prize in 2021.
Andreena has created a variety of 45 minute presentations + Q&A which she delivers to corporate organisations, colleges and secondary schools on authenticity, intersectionality, equity, equality, diversity, inclusion and belonging from a lived experience perspective.
Matt Bishop is former Chief Communications Officer of both the McLaren and Aston Martin Formula 1 teams and one of the most influential communications professionals in the sport.
A former journalist, his unique skills helped to transform McLaren’s public and media profile including during some of the team’s most turbulent times. Matt is a founder ambassador of Racing Pride, which was set up in collaboration with Stonewall in 2019 to promote LGBTQIA+ inclusivity within the motorsport industry. He is known for the wealth of his historical motor racing knowledge and, among classic car afficionadi, his love of his concours 1967 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray C2.
Award winning Equity Educator, Founder of Pride in Education & Stonewall’s Lesbian Role Model of the Year 2020 Laïla El-Métoui has been promoting greater acceptance, inclusion and equity for marginalised groups for three decades.
Laïla is a dynamic and engaging facilitator who delivers impactful training sessions that are not only practical and thought-provoking but also infused with her passion for social justice. Her insightful contributions to panel discussions are highly regarded and respected.
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Ben Cohen MBE

Former England Rugby Player, Motivational speaker who now spends much of his time as an LGBTQIA+ activist, setting up the StandUp Foundation helping to combat bullying and homophobia.
Ben is an extremely accomplished professional rugby player, he has 57 international caps for his country, Scored 31 tries making him one of the top try-scorers of all time for England and he was also a member of the 2003 Rugby World Cup winning squad.
 

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