3 Inspirational Women Share Their Picks for LGBTQ+ History Month
Zoé is a trans woman, tech entrepreneur, speaker, writer and activist for the LGBTQ+ community. She is also co-chair of Gay Women’s Network and Pride in businessthat supports the workplace community.
MUST READ: Sensible shoes: guide for girls by Kate Charlesworth
This book offers a fascinating insight into lesbian life from 1950 to the present day. It features gay icons like Dusty Springfield, Billie Jean King, Dirk Bogarde and Alan Turing, as well as key moments such as Stonewall, Gay Pride and Section 28, which prevented the promotion of homosexuality by local authorities, including in schools. In 1950, male homosexuality was punishable by deprivation of liberty. But female homosexuality has never been a crime in the UK, making lesbians even more invisible than they often already were. Growing up in Yorkshire at this time, the author had to find role models wherever she could, mainly in books, film and television.
To visit Waterstones.com
THE DOCUMENTARY: Change the game
This film explores the experiences of trans people in sport and asks the question: is it fair for trans people to compete in the gender category they identify with? In the document, high school athletes from across the country compete at the top of their field, while challenging boundaries and perceptions of fairness and discrimination. Personally, I think it’s unfair for trans women to compete in female-only sports. Whether you agree or not, this film presents both sides of the argument.
To visit Hulu.com
THE CONVERSATION: International day against homophobia, biphobia and transphobia
I recorded this podcast last year for the most recent International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT). It’s a very honest look at my transition experience, how it affected me as an entrepreneur, and the impact it had on my family life. I also discuss returning to work after transition and what needs to happen to make the trans community feel safe in the office, especially when you hear that 41% of trans people in the UK have been victims of a hate crime in the past year.