LGBT History Month: State of the Nation

February 27, 2018 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
ThoughtWorks, 4th Floor, Federation House
2 Federation St
Manchester M4 2AF
LGBT History Month: State of the Nation @ ThoughtWorks, 4th Floor, Federation House

Join us at ThoughtWorks Manchester for an evening dedicated to LGBT History month, with speakers from the LGBT Foundation, Stonewall, African Rainbow Family and First Wednesday, followed by a panel discussion with the speakers. The panel will focus on ‘The State of the Nation’ and global attitudes towards the LGBT community. Following this, there will be a chance to network.

6.30 – 7pm: Arrival: drinks & nibbles

7 – 7.15: Stonewall talk: Sharing recent research findings: State of UK & Trans lived experiences

7.15 – 7.30: LGBT Foundation talk – intersectionality & what is happening locally

7.30 – 7.40: African Rainbow Family

7.40 – 7.50: First Wednesday

7.50 – 8.15: Panel event with speakers, focusing on global attitudes & what can be done to support LGBT communities overseas.

8.15 – 8.45: Drinks and networking


Kris Phelps, Group Manager, Stonewall (@kristofer_p): Kris has worked for Stonewall for just over 3 years years and is passionate about inclusion and diversity and changing workplace culture to ensure everyone is able to reach their full potential.

Virginie Assal, Women’s Programme Inclusion Officer, LGBT Foundation (@VirginieAsl): Virginie is leading a new project targeted at lesbian and bi-minority women (such as women of colour, older women, trans women and non-binary people who want to access a women-centred-space). The aim of the project is to better support lesbian & bi-minority women around Greater Manchester through regular community events, outreach and awareness raising workshops for professionals and organisations.

Philip Jones, Facilitator, First Wednesday (@1st_Wednesday): After a career in local government as an information specialist, Philip now serves as the facilitator of the First Wednesday support and social group for LGBT people seeking asylum. The group meets monthly in the LGBT Foundation offices in Manchester and provides a discussion forum, information resources, networking opportunities, shared experiences and mutual support for its members.

Arnold Keungmeue Nzetem, Financial Director, African Rainbow Family (@AfricanRainbow1): Arnold is a gay man and LGBT+ Campaigner from Central Africa Republic who is seeking safety in the UK based on his sexuality. He is also the Financial Director of African Rainbow Family, an organisation that supports the LGBTIQ community including those seeking asylum.

The panel will be facilitated by Amy Lynch:

Amy Lynch, Diversity & Inclusion Lead, ThoughtWorks (@Amy_Lynch): Amy has been working with technology teams and organisations for a decade, with a background spanning recruitment, sales and marketing. Passionate about equality and tackling injustice, she is currently heading up diversity & inclusion for Thoughtworks, a global technology consultancy, working to make the tech industry a safer place for all. She is a keen photographer, enjoys travel and is an active member of the tech communities across Manchester & London.

To make the event accessible for everyone, there will be:

– baby changing facilities

– prayer/ reflection room

– quiet space

– gender neutral toilets

– induction loop