LGBT Great, in partnership with Schroders, is delighted to invite you to a dynamic theatre-style discussion to explore:
(1) the experience of being a parent to an LGBT+ child
(2) what organisations can do to support parents
(3) the 'myths'
A 2022 survey by the Trevor Project found that 45% of LGBTQ+ youth seriously considered suicide in the past year, while fewer than 1 in three trans and non-binary youth found their home to be gender-affirming. The reality is that LGBT+ youth are a highly vulnerable and often poorly understood group.
Parents play a significant role in their children's lives in myriad ways. Understandably, many parents will lack an appreciation and understanding of what it means to be an LGBT+ person figuring out their identity. In this formative time for their children, the actions and influence of parents and adults around them have the potential to help, affirm and empower, but also to harm, discourage and oppress.
Core Event Learning Objectives:
Explore the issues affecting parents of young LGBT+ people.
Build foundational knowledge of different identities.
How to support parents with practical and real-world tips/examples.
Organisational best practices around parenting networks.
LGBT Great and Schroders are planning for a photographer and videographer to be in attendance at the event. If you do not feel comfortable featuring in any of the photos or filming, please do bring this to our attention by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Freddy McConnell is a writer and award-winning journalist who began his career at The Guardian in London and Sydney. In 2018, he became a dad and shared this experience of pregnancy as a transgender man in the documentary Seahorse. Wanting to tell more stories of queer parenthood, he then made the BBC Sounds podcast, Pride & Joy. His children’s book about a single-parent family was published by Puffin in July 2022.
Freddy is also a committed advocate for LGBT+ equality, in particular the rights of trans people and their families. He is currently taking his battle to be legally recognised as his children's father or parent to the European Court of Human Rights. He is now the solo dad of a four-year-old and a ten-month-old.
Vice President, Customer Experience & Digital Product Delivery at bp
Des is a proud Dad to two gay sons. He’s been involved in FFLAG since seeking them out in 2018 for support on his journey with becoming a better parent to his LGBTQ+ kids. FFLAG is a national voluntary organisation and registered charity dedicated to supporting parents and families and their LGBTQ+ members. FFLAG volunteers are parents of LGBTQ+ children, supported by other volunteers. We offer peer support via the helpline; email; in person and online local parents’ groups; and through our films, booklets and other resources on our website www.fflag.org.uk
Sue Claridge is a Senior Risk Manager Risk at Fidelity International, working in the Financial Services Industry for over 35 years. Sue is a mum of two, raising them on her own whilst working full time for the last 20 years.
Sue is UK Joint Lead of Fidelity’s LGBTQ+ Network, and as a parent of a gay son, is committed to equality for all and supporting other parents of LGBTQ+ children.
Matt is an experienced talent management, diversity and organisational development leader with extensive experience within the financial services industry. A proven track record in inspiring others, developing effective strategies, programme execution, managing diverse teams and building partnerships.
Matt was the first in his family to go to university, is part of the LGBT+ community and also from a lower-social economic background.
Matt is responsible for the development of LGBT Great’s programmes, the strategic direction of the organisation and advising organisations on DE&I issues. Matt is also a Board Member of the Diversity Project.