Our LGBTQ+ Staff Network have curated a fantastic programme of guest speakers to host presentations and discussions during pride week. The events will take place virtually throughout Pride week and there will be a Q&A after each session.
If you would like to attend the sessions please click on the links below for access to the diary invite. Alternatively you can email email@example.com and an invite will be sent to you. The events will be recorded and saved on the Hive.
Our programme for DBTH Pride 2021:
What it means to be a good ally to the transgender and non-binary community
A discussion hosted by Eva Echo about the trans/non-binary community
Session #1 – LGBTQ+ history
Heather will deliver a presentation on the history of LGBTQ+ issues including pride and its relevance in the 21st century
Heather Paterson, CEO of SAYiT (SAYiT was founded in Sheffield in 1999 and supports LGBT+ young people aged 11-25. We offer youth groups, one-to-one support and counselling. We also run a parents and carers support group and provide training to organisations. Currently we also run our CALL IT OUT project, which works to improve provision in mainstream domestic and sexual abuse services for LGBT+ people. www.sayit.org.uk
Heather was appointed as CEO of SAYiT in July 2020 after previously working on our CALL IT OUT project. I worked in LGBT+, womens and equality sector for over 20 years, and was very proud to be one of the cofounders of Sheffield’s first ever pride event back in 2007.
Session #2 – What it means to be a good ally to the transgender and non-binary community
Phil Hill (they/them) is a trans writer and vlogger specialising in mental health and gender. They also volunteer for the male suicide prevention charity CALM.
Phil will discuss what we mean by the term ‘ally’ and how you can support the LGBTQ community.
Instagram – phil.hill.talks
Sessions #3 – A discussion hosted by Eva Echo about the trans/non-binary community.
Eva will share her lived experience and journey to self-acceptance, with a focus on language and how healthcare professionals can support the community by understanding what it is to be gender diverse.
Eva is a blogger, activist and spokesperson based in Birmingham, UK.
Eva’s journey to becoming her authentic self began after touring with The Birthday Massacre in 2016, when she took time out from writing/playing music to explore her gender identity – which led to her publicly coming out as transgender. Since then, Eva has dedicated her energy to supporting and empowering others, using her visibility, voice and platforms for trans rights, whilst educating and raising awareness for what it is to be transgender through humour and informal content. Eva also advocates for mental health and suicide awareness.
Eva is a brand ambassador for the London Transgender Clinic, founded by one of the UK’s most pioneering transgender specialist surgeons. She is an activist and trans spokesperson for the trans-led charity, Gendered Intelligence, and she also sits on the Crown Prosecution Service’s hate crime panel for England and Wales. Eva has been a Guinness World Record holder for drumming (World’s Largest Full Drum Kit Ensemble) since 2012.
Her story and work have been featured at both national and international level, with appearances in publications such as Metro, Refinery29, Boots Health & Beauty, Cosmo and iNews, in addition to appearances on ITV and being nominated for a National Diversity Award, in the positive role model (LGBT) category. Eva has been part of numerous Pride, corporate and non-profit events, which range from webinars/panel talks to running workshops and training on trans issues. Eva founded the #PassItOn campaign, which created discussion around trans and non-binary image standards, in addition to better representation of trans and non-binary body types in the media. Her message is simple: be your own kind of beautiful.