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Reflecting on Our Inform | Inspire | Celebrate Event: A Testament to Collaboration and Empowerment

At our Inform | Inspire | Celebrate event, we were privileged to host insightful interviews with inspiring voices from our community. From Michi Raymond of MyGWork to Dee Llewellyn of Pride in London, each guest shared their unique perspectives and passions. Tabs from Butch Please highlighted the importance of diverse spaces, while Sandy Chuchuca, co-lead of LBTQWomen, shared her journey of empowerment through dance. Pippa Dale, our founder, discussed the evolution of LBTQWomen and the significance of femme voices. These interviews ignited conversations and inspired us to continue our journey of empowerment together.

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Dear LBTQWomen Community,

As we immerse ourselves in the vibrant energy of spring, we can’t help but reminisce about the incredible moments we shared at our Inform | Inspire | Celebrate event in Central London on Saturday, 9th March. It was a day filled with warmth, connection, and empowerment, marking International Women’s Week with an LBTQWomen twist. For those who couldn’t join us, fear not! We’re here to give you a glimpse into the magic that unfolded.

Collaboration and the Power of Teamwork

Our event was a testament to the power of collaboration. We joined forces with iconic brands like UK Black Pride and Pride in London, alongside smaller yet equally impactful groups such as LezMeet. Together, we formed a family of voices—established and emerging, giants and minorities—each contributing to a shared vision of inclusivity and equality.

Supported By…

Gratitude is in order for our sponsors, WeWork and MyGWork, whose support made our event possible. WeWork’s Waterloo space, with its breathtaking views and vibrant atmosphere, provided the perfect backdrop for our gathering.

Learning / Listening

Throughout the day, we were privileged to engage with a lineup of inspiring speakers. Lady Phyll and her UK Black Pride family graced the stage, sharing stories of strength, vulnerability, and community. Their words resonated deeply, reminding us of the power of unity and support.

Char Bailey led a thought-provoking discussion on the importance of spaces like LBTQWomen, joined by trailblazers from various communities. Their passion and dedication to creating inclusive environments left an indelible mark on all who attended.

Market Place & Wellbeing

Our market place buzzed with activity, showcasing the diverse talents and offerings within our community. From sound baths with Jordan Crowley to delicious treats from Areila’s Gelato, there was something for everyone. Sandy Chuchuca and her Sanura Dance team infused the day with Latin American vibes, while Polly Shute and MyGWork offered valuable resources for personal and professional development.

Media and Comms

MegTalks brought their signature blend of warmth and insight to the event, igniting conversations and connections in their 007 HQ. Stay tuned for more from MegTalks, or dive into their podcast for thought-provoking discussions on a range of topics.

MegTalks Interviews: Voices of Empowerment

During our event, MegTalks captured powerful stories and perspectives from a diverse group of guests:

Michi Raymond, MyGWork Founder

Michi shared her inspiring journey of building MyGWork, a leading professional network for LGBTQ+ individuals, empowering queer professionals and advocating for inclusive workplaces globally.

Rayza Rose, LBTQWomen Community Member

Rayza opened up about her experiences as a queer woman of colour, discussing the importance of intersectionality and creating spaces that celebrate diversity within the LGBTQ+ community.

Dee Llewellyn, Pride in London Director

Dee reflected on the evolution of Pride events, the significance of visibility, and the ongoing fight for equality, emphasising the need to continue advocating for LGBTQ+ rights.

Tabs, Butch Please! Founder

Tabs shared her journey of building Butch Please events, celebrating butch and masculine-presenting identities, and the need for diverse representation within the LGBTQ+ movement.

Sandy Chuchuca, Sanura Dance Founder & LBTQWomen Co-Lead

Sandy discussed finding community and embracing her identity through dance, creating safe spaces for LBTQ women to connect and celebrate their womanhood and queerness.

Pippa Dale, LBTQWomen Founder

Pippa emphasized the importance of embracing diversity within the LBTQ women’s community, providing spaces where individuals feel at home, and showcasing the wealth of talent within the community.

Nik Tait, Senior Legal Counsel & Pride in London Director

Nik discussed the challenges and progress for LGBTQ+ rights in the legal profession and corporate world, highlighting the need for corporations to champion these rights to retain future talent.

Lexie Shaibu-Lenoir, Queer Weddings Founder

Lexie shared her passion for uplifting and empowering LBTQ women of colour, emphasizing the power of storytelling as a tool for healing, connection, and social change.

Compilation Video: Diverse Voices, Shared Strength

This powerful video compilation showcased the diverse talents and perspectives of Ky Holey, Carmen, Aaron, Raga Olga D’Silva, and Nicola, inspiring viewers to embrace their unique identities, support each other, and work together to create a more inclusive and equitable world.Stay tuned for more from MegTalks, or dive into their podcast for thought-provoking discussions on a range of topics.

In Conclusion

As we reflect on the success of our event, we’re reminded that our strength lies in our unity. Together, we’re creating spaces where every voice is heard, every identity celebrated, and every individual empowered.

If you missed out on the event, don’t worry—there’s plenty more to come. Stay connected with us on social media and our website for updates on future events, resources, and opportunities to get involved.

Thank you for being a part of our journey. Together, we’re building a brighter, more inclusive future for all.

With love and gratitude, The LBTQWomen Team

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