Connecting, Informing and Empowering LGBT+ Engineers and Supporters
Our community has been hit hard once again during another crisis, but this time on a global scale! We want to learn and share with you how we can better manage these hard times in the future.
We will hear from Dr Billy Haworth from the University of Manchester and the Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute who will present his research on the “experiences of gender and sexual minorities during the COVID-19 pandemic“ and discuss what we can do to improve inclusion for the minorities.
Following Dr Haworth’s presentation we will hear from Dr Jack López from the University of Bradford who conducted a research from June 2020 to January 2021 on Interruptions and access to gender transition related healthcare during the COVID-19 pandemic. Findings from their interviews with trans and non-binary adults include: the loss of vital support networks during lockdown, initial barriers to accessing hormone medication and had long awaited surgeries cancelled indefinitely. Despite this, online peer support networks focused on healthcare have increased during the pandemic. Barriers to transition related healthcare and Covid-19 pose specific questions for how employers can best support trans and non-binary employees.
In this event, we want to educate and empower our community and those who support it on how diversity can be better managed in these times of hardship and crisis. Share your best practices with us and others so we can all live a better and fairer life!
More about our speaker:
Dr Billy Tusker Haworth (he/him/they/them) is a geographer, Lecturer in Disaster Management, and representative for equality, diversity and inclusion at the Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute (HCRI), University of Manchester. Billy’s research and teaching expertise are uniquely positioned at the intersection of critical human geography, geographic information science (GIS), and international disaster studies. Their main research areas include critical and participatory GIS, disaster vulnerability, LGBTIQ+ marginality, and graffiti in spaces of conflict/peace. During COVID-19, Billy has conducted research into the experiences of LGBTIQ+ people in the UK and Brazil, with implications for more inclusive crisis response strategies and future risk reduction.
Dr Jack López (they/he) is a medical anthropologist and Associate Dean, Equality Diversity and Inclusivity at the University of Bradford. They specialise in barriers to healthcare, sexual health, social justice and care ethics and have conducted research in Mexico-Mainland Europe-UK for over a decade. Since 2020 he has examined the impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on adult trans related healthcare. Separate to this he writes on the epistemic politics of trans health care and the challenges to young trans people and their families in accessing healthcare. Outside of academia Dr López is Vice Chair to Out in the Valley a community organisation for LGBTQAI+ people in the Upper Calder Valley. They also sit on the health strategy working group for Trans Actual UK, a group set up in 2017 as a response to increasing press hostility, transphobia and misinformation.