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LGBT History Month 2021: Stories of LGBTQ+ Resilience and Empowerment

NEVER BLEND IN: VOICES OF OUR LGBTQ+ ROLE MODELS 



Stories of Resilience and Empowerment 

David Equality Hull-Watters 


Former teacher, Inclusion and Wellbeing Consultant, David E. Hull-Watters has spent the past decade interviewing numerous LGBTQ+ role models from education, entertainment, law enforcement, medical and emergency services, politics, religion and sports for his book NEVER BLEND IN. 

In this presentation, he shares selected extracts from notable interviewees, including original and insightful interviews with Alan Cumming OBE, Stephen Fry, Anthony Rapp, Heather Matarazzo, Daniel Newman, Adele Anderson, John Amaechi, Clare Summerskill; key equality advocates, educators, and influencers of policy Sue Sanders, Phyllis Akua Opoku-Gyimah (UK Black Pride), Jason Jones, Maurice Tomlinson, Rabbi Denise Eger, Lt. Dan Choi, veteran human rights campaigner, Peter Tatchell; filmmakers Parvez Sharma and Mobeen Azhar; transgender trailblazers David E. Weekley, Michael Eric Brown, Caroline Paige, and Jamison Green, amongst many others. 

David interweaves these interview extracts with an exploration of how life need not be a self-fulfilling prophecy, that our “truth” is shaped through our relationships, our environment, and our experiences, and of how we can change our perceptions, heighten our self-esteem, and move toward personal and professional goals with clear vision and purpose. 

David E Hull-Watters – Biography (2021) 

Enhancing Education & Employment for All 

www.inclusionconsultant.co.uk

Inclusion and Wellbeing Consultant, David, is a specialist LGBTQ+ and neurodiversity educator, who has worked in multiple settings, in both the public and private sectors. 

Winner of Vodaphone World of Difference Award, a National Diversity Award 2014 shortlisted for a European Diversity Award 2015 and nominated for an Excellence in Diversity Award 2015 (for his contribution to enhancing equality in education) and The Diversity Champion Award: Education Sector for The Excellence in Diversity Awards 2017. 

He created the RESPECT Program; an Academic Management, Tutor and Business Support training program, based upon the EQUALITY ACT 2010, which offered opportunities for all participants to explore and celebrate diversity and which created a forum for the development of immeasurable cultural enhancement in terms of recruitment, retention, achievement and progression. 

Most recently, he has worked with the British Transport Police, and the British Library on projects to enhance working supportively with neurodivergent colleagues and clients. 

Additionally, he is the founder and coordinator of the international Give ‘em Hope Campaign; Marriage Equality Pioneer who successfully campaigned for a change in marriage legislation by taking a legal case to the European Court of Human Rights with Equal Love UK and writer of the LGBTQ+ Role Model book, Never Blend In. 

More information about David E. Hull-Watters: 

NEVER BLEND IN: 

https://www.inclusionconsultant.co.uk/neverblendin 

Inclusion and Wellbeing Consultant: 

https://www.inclusionconsultant.co.uk/about-us 

Give ‘em Hope Campaign Founder and Coordinator: 

https://www.inclusionconsultant.co.uk/the-give-em-hope-campaign 

Equal Love UK Campaign: www.equallove.co.uk

Speakers:

  • John Amaechi OBE
    John Amaechi OBE
    Founder
    APS Intelligence Ltd
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    Sue Sanders
    Sue Sanders
    Chair
    SCHOOLS OUT UK
    I am Professor Emeritus of the Harvey Milk Institute, the founder of LGBT History Month UK and the website The Classroom which has over 100 lesson plans that usulaise LGBT people, issues and concepts across the curriculum, for all ages and adheres to the national curriculum. My passion is to educate OUT prejudice and enable LGBT+ people in all their diversity to be visible safe and proud. I am an out and proud lesbian activist who been around for over 40 years! I am the chair of Schools OUT UK a charity that organises LGBT+ History Month UK, The Classroom and the international LGBT History Festival OUTing the Past. I am also a member of the Independent Advisory Group to the Government on Hate Crime.
  • Phyll Opoku-Gyimah
    Phyll Opoku-Gyimah
    Co-Founder & Executive Director
    UK Black Pride
    Phyll Opoku-Gyimah, widely known as Lady Phyll, is the executive director and co-founder of UK Black Pride - Europe's largest celebration for LGBTQ+ people of African, Asian, Caribbean, Latin American and Middle Eastern descent. Lady Phyll has over 20 years’ experience as an LGBTQ+ rights activist and anti-racism campaigner. She has spent a decade advocating for the rights of workers within the largest civil service union as a lead negotiator on behalf of Civil Service workers and is now the Executive Director of Kaleidoscope Trust an LGBT+ charity that works to defend and uphold human rights. She is also a patron for Albert Kennedy Trust; Diva Magazine columnist, and public speaker focusing on race, gender, sexuality and class. She is named as one of the top 5 on the World Pride Power list.
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    David E. Hull-Watters
    David E. Hull-Watters
    Inclusion & Wellbeing Consultant
    Inclusion Consultant - David Equality Hull-Watters
    An Associate Consultant and Trainer for the Employers Network for Equality and Inclusion, David Hull-Watters, is a Disability and Neurodiversity in the Workplace, LGBTQ+ and Unconscious Bias Specialist. Additionally, he supports individual clients and businesses as a Wellbeing Coach. Most recently, he has worked with the British Transport Police, Her Majesty's Prison and Probation Service, and the British Library, on projects to enhance working supportively with neurodivergent colleagues and clients; with Bristol-Myers Squibb, bulk, SuperDry, Clear Score, Enfield Council, Maven, Square Trade Ltd and the University of Glasgow to develop their inclusion agenda with regards to LGBTQ+ employees and has delivered talks and training on Disability Awareness, Unconscious Bias for the British Science Association, Health Recovery Solutions, London Early Years Foundation, Santander UK, Tisski, University of Reading and the NHS. Significantly, he is a winner of a Vodaphone World of Difference Award, a National Diversity Award 2014, shortlisted for a European Diversity Award 2015, an Excellence in Diversity Award 2015 and the Diversity Champion Award: Education Sector at The Excellence in Diversity Awards 2017. David is the founder and coordinator of the award-winning international Give ‘em Hope Campaign; a Marriage Equality Pioneer who successfully campaigned for a change in marriage legislation by taking a legal case to the European Court of Human Rights with Equal Love UK ; and he is the Sexuality Lead for National Hate Crime Awareness Week. He is the writer of Never Blend In – LGBTQ+ Stories of Resilience and Empowerment, and has written the foreword for Retreating Forward: A Spiritual Practice with Transgender Persons by David Elias Weekley.
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