Intertech LGBT+ Diversity Forum

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About Intertech LGBT+ Diversity Forum

Founded in 2012, Intertech LGBT+ Diversity Forum (“Intertech”), is a community for LGBT+ individuals and their allies.

We encourage LGBT+ diversity and inclusion inthe UK technology sector for the benefit of the individual, the organisations they represent and the industry overall.

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Umbraco UK Fest - 2 free tickets available...

We're so excited to be taking part in Umbraco UK Festival as it's celebrates a decade of bringing together one of the friendliest communities in tech. The festival is a jam packed event featuring incredible talks on development, front end, design & UX, wellbeing, and business, deep-dive workshops hosted by community experts, and of course our legendary hackathon.

The Umbraco UK Festival is committed to building a sustainable and inclusive community-focused event where everyone feels welcome and as a friend of the festival they've very kindly offered 2 free tickets for our members!

To be in with a chance of getting your hands on this ticket simply reply to this email with the words 'Give me that ticket!' and we'll enter you into the drawn. Please reply by Monday 21st 2019.
08 Nov 2019 at 8:00am
until 08 Nov 2019 at 10:00pm
Hoxton Docks
55 Laburnum Street
E2 8BD

Intertech @ IHS Markit - A Conversation on Faith and LGBT+ Identities

Continuing our Intersectional Stories theme, we would love to invite you to IHS Markit to join us for a conversation around LGBT and faith. We have invited representatives from various faith communities to share their experience in this intersection. We look forward to seeing everyone engage with us in a night of thought-provoking and respectful conversation.

IHS Markit is a world leader in critical information, analytics and expertise to forge solutions for the major industries and markets that drive economies worldwide. The company delivers next-generation information, analytics and solutions to customers in business, finance and government, improving their operational efficiency and providing deep insights that lead to well-informed, confident decisions. We have colleagues in countries around the world, and they are unique in their cultures, experiences and backgrounds. We strive to promote an inclusive and diverse environment including people in the LGBT+ community and those of all faiths and none.

Our speakers on the evening will be:

Abdi Duale (Moderator) - Public Affairs Specialist in London and South East

Abdi is an active member of LGBT+ Labour and Fabian Society think-tank. He has spoken in students' unions across the country about his experience as someone with multiple identities being a black Muslim.

Dalia Fleming - Executive Director of KeshetUK

KeshetUK works to create a world where no one is forced to choose between their LGBT+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans) and Jewish identity. KeshetUK is the only charity in the UK working with Jewish schools, youth and young adult organisations, synagogues, and wider community organisations about the importance of LGBT+ inclusion through education and training.

Revd. Jide Macaulay - CEO of House Of Rainbow CIC

Reverend Jide Macaulay is an openly gay British-Nigerian born in London, a Christian minister since 1998, a dynamic and an 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. He has won several awards including the 2003 and 2007 Black LGBT Community Award for "Man of the Year" for his work helping people of faith.

Mubeen Ahmed (He/Him/His) - Education Officer at Hidayah

Mubeen sits on the management committee of Hidayah as an Education Officer. Mubeen is a from London and works in Management and Training in the Education sector. Hidayah provides support and welfare for LGBTQI+ Muslims and promote social justice and education about the Muslim LGBTQI+ community to counter discrimination, prejudice and injustice.
23 Oct 2019 at 6:00pm
until 23 Oct 2019 at 10:00pm
IHS Markit
25 Ropemaker Street

Intertech Network Leads - Employee Networks Summit

Intertech LGBT+ Diversity Forum is committed to supporting employee networks and those that lead them and as an employee network leader you have great influence and the opportunity to make real impact right across your business.

To support you in your role, we are delighted to invite you to attend our Intertech Employee Networks Summit at Microsoft Reactor London in collaboration with Radius Business.

Building better networks, together with Radius. Radius Business are experts in employee network leadership training.

Radius will be helping you explore the networking potential within your organisation, and externally, and the session will focus on:

  • How can organisations that are scaling rapidly ensure that they remain diverse?
  • How can larger organisations learn from networking across their industry?
  • How do you enhance your personal leadership in this area?
Radius develop, connect and empower employee networks, maximising their impact and potential. The experts in their field, Radius leads in the training, development and resourcing of all employee networks.

The strategic link between networks, HR and the wider business, Radius provide practical, ongoing, on the ground support, which is delivered regionally and/or globally.

Sign-up to join us at the Intertech LGBT+ Diversity Forum Summit 2019 with Radius Business today.
03 Dec 2019 at 1:00pm
until 03 Dec 2019 at 6:30pm

Intertech @ ThoughtWorks - Intersectional Stories

Join us for the second event in our Intertech Intersectional Stories series this year.

Intersectionality has been applied to a broad array of societal fields over the last 30 years, and life as a member of the LGBT+ community is no different.

We've teamed up with the incredible team at ThoughtWorks for an exploration of how our individual experiences as members of the community may vary widely, and be complicated further by our individual traits and life experiences.

On the evening there will be three fantastic speakers each sharing their stories of how their experiences have impacted their fight for equality and fairness and shaped their journey and career in the digital world so far.

Following the speakers there will be a a chance for Q&A plus networking over drinks and nibbles.

Tickets go live at 10am on Friday 27th September.

Our speakers for the evening will be:

Maya Fay

Maya Fay is an artificial intelligence (AI) enthusiast, who has worked all over the world on innovative projects to help people solve tricky problems, to name but a few these have included, DNA analysis for designer personalised medicine and developing software that allows Vietnamese people to speak with like an accent like Audrey Hepburn and James Bond 007.

As a member of the LGBTQI+ community, she is involved with several government-funded projects to help with the mental well being of transgender people and is currently involved as a researcher for Spectra and Goldsmith University in analysing ease of access to employment for transgender people.

Franzi Sauerwein

Microagressions, sexism, othering - problems we encounter in society seem to be especially elevated in the IT industry. Can we still thrive in a toxic environment like this? Can we stay our fabulous selves when we are confronted with the fact that tech careers seem not to be designed for us?

In this talk I want to tell you my story of working through my internalised misogyny and discover the power of my queer femme caring self. I will also go through the challenges I faced and the communities and networks I found for support. You will learn about some of the fallacies I discovered about having a fulfilling career in tech.

Lola Phoenix

Mx Lola Phoenix (they/them) is a non-binary disabled queer Norse pagan who works in digital in the charity sector. When not working, Lola usually writes both fiction as well as producing a weekly relationship advice column and podcast called Non-Monogamy Help for people in non-monogamous relationships. Lola will be talking about why coming out at work is not a singular experience and there may be many reasons that individuals don't choose to come out that are strategic as well as critical for the protection of their mental health and why it's important to realise that the very concept of being 'out' assumes one's identity is not already visible and that visibility is safe for everyone.
10 Oct 2019 at 6:30pm
until 10 Oct 2019 at 9:00pm
78 Wardour Street

An invitation... 'More Than Your Labels: Understanding Intersectionality'

We're very pleased to be able to share with you an invite from our friends over at WAVE network, who are working with Google and Deloitte, for an evening titled ‘More Than Your Labels: Understanding Intersectionality.’ Something you know we've been very passionate about here at Intertech and are delighted to see the conversation continuing...

With comedian Kemah Bob and confirmed panelists Claire Harvey and Martin Pong, the evening will explore intersectionality from an LGBTQ+ perspective, looking at how we can use it to shape our approach to inclusion and equality to ensure that no one’s social and political rights get left behind.

Doors open at 6.15 pm for a 7.00 pm start, and the event will be followed by networking drinks and canapés.

As Google is a founding member of the WAVE Network and a long standing supporter of Intertech, they have allocated tickets for this event for our members which can be accessed via the link below. If there are no tickets available through this link then tickets can also be picked up through General Admission.

If you have a disability, specific dietary requirements or any additional needs and require assistance in order to fully participate in this event, please get in touch with WAVE directly.
26 Sep 2019 at 6:15pm
until 26 Sep 2019 at 9:00pm
2 New Street Square

Intertech @ Comedy Bloomers

We're delighted to be welcoming back Comedy Bloomers for a special evening with an incredible lineup of comedy talent representing the LGBTQ+ communities and beyond.

Headlining is the fabulous Kuan Wen who was a Finalist in New Act of the Year with Joseph Parsons as MC who will be joined by these incredible comedians from the community:

Darcie Silver - Finalist in the 'LGBTQ+ New Comedian of the Year '

Chris Nelson - aka 'Sue gives a f*ck'

Sadia Azmat - Host of BBC Sounds hit podcast 'No Country For Young Women'

Calen Harlley - 'Arch & Acid '

Chris Smith - 'Tales of an Accidental Gay Man'

Mr Party - Finalist in 'Pride's Got Talent'

Doors open from 6:30pm at Seven Dials, which is a fantastic community space in Covent Garden with a great atmosphere and bar, with the comedy kicking off just before 7:30pm.

Please arrive early to guarantee a seat as these events are incredibly popular!
20 Sep 2019 at 6:30pm
until 20 Sep 2019 at 10:00pm
Seven Dials Club
42 Earlham St

Intertech @ BBC News - Mental Health & the LGBT+ Community

Intertech and BBC News invite you to our post-Pride speaker event discussing mental health. The evening will feature speakers from different backgrounds discussing their experiences with Mental Health.

Join BBC News staff plus their guest speakers from amazing organisations such as UK Black Pride & Mind who'll share honest and open experiences of their Mental Health journeys.

Following the talks, there will be an opportunity to network over drinks before continuing the evening in a nearby venue.

Photographic ID will be required to attend the event and could we please encourage you to not bring large bags due to security screening processes.
17 Jul 2019 at 6:00pm
until 17 Jul 2019 at 9:00pm
New Broadcasting House - Media Cafe
Portland Place

Intertech @ Paddle - Intersectional Stories

Intersectionality has been applied to a broad array of societal fields over the last 30 years, and life as a member of the LGBT+ community is no different... that's why we're delighted to invite you to join us at Paddle for an exploration of how our individual experiences as members of the community may vary widely, and be complicated further by our individual traits and life experiences.

We will be joined by three fantastic speakers who will share their stories of how their specific experiences have impacted their fight for equality and fairness.

After we've heard from the speakers there'll be an opportunity for a Q&A and a casual mixer with drinks and snacks.

Our speakers for the evening will be:

Beata Lipska

Beata Lipska is a software engineer and a dreamer, in her spare time an activist. She was born in Poland in 1985 and felt in love with a woman in 2010, before that she was a catholic hypocrite, but when she realised that love is the most important thing in the world and simply you can’t hide it, she became an LGBT+ activist in Poland - featured 3 times in Newsweek Polska, Polish Television and a documentary film called “Article 18”. She did everything she could to get married with her girlfriend in Poland. Nothing changed. Emigrated to UK in 2013, still fighting for equal rights in her motherland.

Okechukwu Nzelu

Okechukwu Nzelu is a writer and teacher. He was born in Manchester in 1988, read English at Girton College, Cambridge. His work has been published in Agenda, PN Review, E-magazine and The Literateur and his essay 'Troubles with God' was published in the anthology Safe: On Black British Men Reclaiming Space. In 2015 he was the recipient of a New Writing North Award for The Private Joys of Nnenna Maloney, which is his debut novel, published in October 2019.

Martin Pong

Martin is a management consultant at Oliver Wyman and specialises in greenfield digital banking builds. He is the global chair of Oliver Wyman’s LGBT+ network and an adviser for the BAME network. In these roles, he has worked on implementing an intersectional focused global reverse mentoring program, and outside of work is launching the East and Southeast Asian Project to improve representation of East and Southeast Asian identities in the UK. Martin also regularly works with charities such a Stonewall and Diversity Role Models to share his story with LGBT+ and BAME youth and support them in becoming role models in their own organisations.
31 Jul 2019 at 6:30pm
until 31 Jul 2019 at 9:00pm
70 Wilson St

EPAM - Intertech's Pride in London Headline Sponsor

We're delighted this year to have EPAM as the Intertech Pride in London 2019 headline sponsor. We're so pleased to have them join us that we asked them to share a short insight into why they're supporting Intertech and what diversity means for them, their employees and the wider community...

"At EPAM, we celebrate diversity, stand firmly for equal rights and advocate for the inclusion of every one of our employees.

In order to be at the forefront of technology transformation, EPAM works to create an inclusive and diverse global community, so we can deliver the most creative and cutting-edge solutions to our clients.

As a business EPAM value inclusion, not only as this is the right thing to do but because it fosters the most innovative and exciting points of view to present to our clients. We are consultants, designers, architects and engineers from all backgrounds who enable our customers to be competitive and disruptive in the marketplace.

We’re proud to support Intertech and the crucial work they do for the LGBTQ+ community. As a global tech employer it’s important to us that our EPAMers are represented in this community, and we are participating in Pride in London 2019 to show our love and support.

For more information visit our website: and stay connected with us on social media

Facebook: | Twitter: @epamsystems_uk | Linkedin: EPAM-Systems

Explore job opportunities at!"

Pride in London 2019 - Our Exclusive Viewing Party

Celebrate Pride in London 2019 in style at our Intertech Pride Viewing Party!

We know many of you weren’t able to secure tickets to march with us - and that makes us sad as we really want as many of our members to be engaged for the Pride celebrations! So we’ve only gone and arranged an exclusive Intertech Viewing Party for you to join in the fun at the beautiful One Heddon Street!

Join us at our private venue overlooking Regents St for a birds eye view of the entire parade plus a live stream of the Pride in London broadcast. We’ll ensure you’re looked after with drinks & nibbles and you’re welcome to come and go throughout the day if you want to take a break from the heat or mingle with the crowds.

Tickets go live at 2pm today - sign up to secure a ticket for an incredible view of the Pride in London parade and a chance to start the party with Intertech.

Tickets for the Viewing Party also provide entry to our Pride Afterparty; however if you'd like to attend the Viewing Party and have a Marching ticket please do cancel this or let us know so we can re-assign this to another member.
06 Jul 2019 at 12:30pm
until 06 Jul 2019 at 4:00pm
1 Heddon Street
Regent Street