'National Coming Out Day' is about being unapologetically yourself and providing light and confidence to others. LGBT Great's 'This is Me' webinar will highlight personal 'coming out' stories, the challenges associated with 'coming out' and how the process has changed their lives. October is also Black History Month here in the UK, and we will be exploring how the intersection or race and ethnicity also impacts black and brown members of the community.
Why is 'National Coming Out Day' is so important today?
Normalises identities and behaviours.
Raises visibility and breakdown stigmas and prejudices.
Shines the light on different gender identities and sexual orientations.
Amplifies the experiences of LGBT+ people and provides comfort to those who are not out.
Increases awareness of the difficulties of coming out and the barriers that the community faces.
What is 'coming out'?
How and when do you 'come out'?
What impact did this have on you and how did you go about it?
How has your life changed since you came out?
What advice would you give to others who are thinking of 'coming out'?
What can organisations do to support the community?
Chris Barrow (he/him/his)
International Institutional Relationship Associate
Chris Barrow (He/Him/His) has worked within the Financial Services industry in the City of London for nearly twenty years, specializing in Client Servicing and Client Onboarding for various Institutional Investment Managers, and currently works in Client Institutional Onboarding at an independent Investment Management and Strategic Advisory firm . Over the last years he has extended his focus to activities supporting Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) measures around LGBT+ and BAME workstreams.
Shona has over 20 years of global experience in HR brand marketing and communications. She has worked in a wide range of organizations, from start-ups to leading the global employer brand function for one of the world’s largest organizations. Shona has a proven track record of amplifying distinctive employer brand attributes and closing skills gaps through innovative marketing and communications. She is also an expert at ensuring that an organization’s Employer Brand function is a strategic enabler for achieving its corporate vision and strategy. In addition, Shona has substantial expertise in brand and marketing space within diversity, social equity, and inclusion. Shona identifies as a gay/lesbian woman and is an advocate for gender equality, LGBT+ rights and social equity for all. She lives in Brighton with her wife Sharon and dogs Jarvis and Jett.
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.