Event: Thursday 2nd November 2023 | Race, Gender & Sexuality – Intersectional Pride at Work & beyond

Race, Gender & Sexuality – Intersectional Pride at Work & beyond

PinkNews is delighted to launch a three-part webinar series, kindly sponsored by Lloyds Banking Group, focusing on queer pride and joy in the workplace for underrepresented groups within the LGBTQ+ community looking at how businesses and organisations can become more inclusive in their policies, practices and cultures.

Each webinar will consist of a keynote talk, presentation and panel discussion featuring a broad range of guest speakers; all of whom are experts in their fields from a range of organisations and backgrounds including industries & sectors such business, engineering, politics, activism and culture.

Race, Gender & Sexuality – Intersectional Pride at Work & beyond

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Our third instalment will focus on race, gender and sexuality. LGBTQ+ people from different ethnic backgrounds not only experience racism and homophobia in everyday life – in the workplace, socialising, on dating apps to name a few instances – but also poorer health outcomes and rates of employment and salary as well as lack of representation, including within the LGBTQ+ community. In the workplace, outdated views, stereotypes and biases around accents, characteristics and cultures play a major role in barriers around progression and promotion, lack of diverse leadership and role models and psychological safety.

Understanding how the intersections of race, gender and sexuality impacts someone’s lived experience is key in ensuring that employees can bring their authentic selves into their professional roles. Organisations need to create safe, inclusive spaces where queer people of colour can thrive with pride in who they are, what they deliver and what they can achieve.

This webinar will explore the importance of this as well as topics and questions including

  • Challenging structural racism in the workplace
  • Microaggressions and assumptions
  • Unconscious bias
  • Cultural pride and acceptance
  • Authentic staff initiatives, campaigns & events

Our mission is to inform, inspire and empower. We hope you’ll join us alongside our incredible speakers as we provide valuable insights, practical take-aways and myth busters to help ensure that you’re able to better understand the intersections of race, gender & sexuality, as well as other intersections, in the workplace and how this directly impacts someone’s experience, productivity and impact.

Check out the agenda for the engaging sessions and incredible speakers we have lined up!

You may also want to visit this PinkNews article: One in three queer people of colour experience racism in LGBT+ spaces, landmark study finds


This session will be delivered via Zoom Webinar. You will receive the joining instructions a few days before the event takes place.

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Alex D’sa (she/her) is a British Indian Actress (Chloe, Slow Horses, Eastenders); Head of Diversity & Inclusion at The King’s Fund; and CEO of House of Pride, a platform for queer women and non-binary people to grow personally, professionally and creatively. Alex has a background in Financial Services and Technology, and is a speaker at corporate events about her journey as an out lesbian, Catholic, South Asian woman. In 2021 she was recognised as one of INvolve’s Top 100 LGBT+ Future Leaders, and DIVA’s Visible 100, Top 10 LGBTQ+ Women in Tech. In 2022 she was named ‘Young Entrepreneur of the Year’ by DIVA magazine.


Anthony Francis (he/him) joined Lloyds Banking Group in 2014 on their Technology Graduate Scheme and is currently a Senior Manager in the Group Technology Office. After finding his feet within the organisation he has been always focused quite heavily on making sure that Lloyds Banking Group is a place everyone can be their authentic selves as work as well as supporting individuals outside of the business.

He was the Group’s first LGBT+ Intersectionality Lead, was a driving force behind their now well-established LGBT+ Role Model List and continues to sit on the LGBT+ Networks Steering Committee helping to shape and drive activities to ensure Lloyds Banking Group is a great place to work for all.

Anthony is also very supportive of LGBT+ charities and mentoring other colleagues to help them grow and fulfil their aspirations both in and out of work.A phrase that motivates Anthony every day is “Be who you needed when you were younger”.


Eva Echo (she/they) is an activist, writer and public speaker with a focus on transgender rights and mental health. She uses her own experiences to shed light on what it is to be transgender and to challenge the obstacles which gender diverse people face within today’s society. Most notably, Eva took legal action against NHS England in the High Court to challenge the unlawful waiting times for trans patients. She won the DIVA Award for Unsung Hero of the Year 2022 and was named on the DIVA Power List for 2022 and 2023. She was also named 19th in the Pride Power List 2023. Eva won Trans in the City’s Trans Community Champion award for 2022 and went on to become of their Directors. Eva is also Director of Innovation at Birmingham Pride and sits on the Crown Prosecution Service’s hate crime panel. She is also an ambassador for Diversity Role Models and works alongside the Metropolitan Police Service’s L&D team. As of 2023, Eva’s story was included in the Science Museum’s permanent “Who Am I?” gallery, which aims to promote diversity and education to all current and future generations.


Sam Owo (she/her) is the Group Head of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Lloyds Banking Group, the first FTSE company to establish a gender and ethnicity goals to improve the representation of women, Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic colleagues in senior positions, also the first UK Bank committed to double colleagues with disabilities in senior roles by 2025, to reflect the society we serve.

Appointed to the Board of the HM treasury Women in Finance Charter in January 2023, she is also a Non-Executive Director on the board of Ideal for All, a user-led registered charity for disabled and disadvantaged people and Chair of Governors at Meadow Primary School, a large primary school in Surrey. Sam is an advocate and ally of the LGBT+ communities as she is passionate about equitable practices and opportunities for all.

Sam loves spending family time with her husband, daughter, and cat Jade, balancing it with her demanding and fulfilling career which gives her the opportunity to make a difference for others.


Jacqui Rhule-Dagher (she/her) is an associate at Hogan Lovells International LLP. She specialises in corporate litigation, fraud and investigations. Alongside her busy day job, Jacqui is involved in a number of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) initiatives.

Jacqui is part of the Hogan Lovells UK Pride Network’s Steering Committee; and The Law Society’s LGBTQ+ Solicitors Network. Jacqui is the founder of Legally Lesbians. This initiative saw 25 lesbian lawyers write about their careers and why visibility is important to them. Legally Lesbians was supported by DIVA Magazine.

Jacqui also founded Carnival Comes to Clifford Chance. This was an annual summer party, hosted jointly by the Pride and BME networks, which had a focus on intersectionality. Stonewall and Channel 4 have supported the event.

Jacqui is very passionate about raising awareness surrounding intersectionality. She has written for a number of publications about this topic including Thomson Reuters, The Lawyer and DIVA Magazine. Jacqui has also written for the Metro about her journey towards self-acceptance. Jacqui has spoken on Bloomberg Radio, where she discussed how she navigates being part of the LGBTQIA community while working in the City.

In February 2023, Jacqui was named as a Top 10 Future Leader by the British LGBT Awards. In May 2023, she was listed as a Top 100 Future Leader by the Empower Role Models Lists, supported by YouTube. Jacqui also featured on the Pride Power List in June 2023.


Patrick Vernon (he/him) is Interim Chair of Birmingham and Solihull ICS where he leads on inequalities, Chair of Walsall Together Health Partnership. Patrick is also Independent Adviser on Equality, Diversity and Inclusion for the Crown Prosecution Service. Patrick was awarded an OBE in 2012 for his work on tackling health inequalities and ethnic minority communities and in 2018 he received an honorary PhD from Wolverhampton University and was selected as one of the 1000 Progressive Londoner by the Evening Standard. In 2019 he was awarded a lifetime achievement award for campaigning and advocacy work by the SMK Foundation. Patrick led the campaign for a national Windrush Day since 2013 and helping to expose the Windrush Scandal in 2018 in one of the first growing online petitions calling for an amnesty for the Windrush Generation. He currently advises Paul Hamlyn Foundation and Chairs ARE Windrush Justice Grants Programme.

In August 2021 Patrick was appointed by Wolverhampton University as Honorary Professor of cultural heritage and Community Leadership for the Department of Community Development. In 2020 Patrick was selected by British Vogue as of Britain’s top twenty campaigners and was included in the 2020 Power list of 100 influential Black People in Britain. Also, in 2020 Patrick co-authored one hundred Great Black Britons and established the Majonzi Fund, which is providing small grants to families and community organisations to organise commemoration events for individuals from Black and racialised communities who have died of covid-19 over the last two years. Patrick is a sought-after broadcaster, public speaker, EDI adviser and writes blogs and articles for the national and international media on healthcare, cultural heritage and race.

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