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WorkPride Panel: Faith

This panel will explore the interconnection between sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, religion, faith, and belief.

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  • Laila El-Metoui
    Laila El-Metoui
    Equity Educator -Stonewall Lesbian Role Model of the Year (2020)
    Equality Educator | Stonewall Lesbian Role Model 2020 | Helping leaders foster inclusive & diverse workplaces through training and consultancy | Founder of Pride in Education and Educating OUT Racism, UK Queer Arabs and Proud London Councils
  • Jide Macaulay
    Jide Macaulay
    Founder & CEO
    House Of Rainbow CIC
    Reverend Jide Macaulay is the Founder and CEO of House Of Rainbow CIC. Openly gay British-Nigerian born in London, a Christian minister since 1998, Anglican Priest, inspirational speaker, author, poet, pastor and preacher, HIV Positive Activist, holds a degree in Law, masters degree in Theology and Post-graduate certificate in Pastoral Theology. Jide focuses his ministry on inclusion and reconciliation of sexuality, spirituality and human rights. Currently Board of Trustee at Kaleidoscope Trust UK, Chairperson INERELA+ Europe, Patron at ReportOut, Vice Chair One Voice Network, Nominee British LGBT Award 2021 - Top 10 Outstanding Contribution to LGBT+ Life, nOSCARS Award winner 2014, 2017, 2018, Volunteer Chaplain at Mildmay HIV Hospital and Volunteer Champion at Afruca Children's Charity.
  • Nigel Ashford
    Nigel Ashford
    Digital Marketing , Public Speaking ,DEI , Event Management Consulting
    Nigel is a retired television reporter/anchor who has transitioned into motivational speaking. He specializes in topics of suicidal survival, following your dreams and aspirations, ignoring the noise of naysayers, fighting against your insecurities, the power of silence and solitude, surviving the storms and wilderness with God, the power of combating your thoughts, being gay and Christian, and being black and gay. In addition to speaking, Nigel Ashford has guest-starred on shows, podcasts, magazines, and social media outlets such as Promo Homo TV, Black Boy Joy, and the Straight Spouses Podcast. He presented and hosted the Freedom 2B Summit in Los Angeles. He was featured in The Unleashed Voices (TUV) Magazine, Shoutout Atlanta Magazine, and Connect Us Magazine. Nigel Ashford is the creator and host of the Facebook Live digital show 'OUTSPOKEN'. OUTSPOKEN speaks on serious and light-hearted relevant topics relating to culture, issues, changes, and achievements within the LGBTQ community. OUTSPOKEN provides a unique and honest platform for an audience to seek commentary on politics, health, pop culture, and current events within our rainbow culture. Nigel wants his platform to be a voice that exudes positivity, diversity, and equality while exploring topics of adversity. Nigel is releasing his Children Story/Coloring book in October - making him the first African American to create a children's book incorporating all LGBTQ families of color. He is also set to be a featured speaker at Purdue University's Black Culture Center in October.
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    Dalia Fleming
    Dalia Fleming
    Executive Director at KeshetUK
    Dalia is an experienced trainer, public speaker, and programme manager, drawing upon a strong volunteer and local government background. Whilst in local government their work varied from child poverty policy to IT programme management. Her work often reaches those who have not traditionally considered or engaged with LGBT+ inclusion. In her role as KeshetUK’s first Executive Director, they work to build constructive, supportive relationships with organisations across all Jewish denominations, understanding that each group comes from a different starting point.
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