Welcome to the first Weekly Digest of September 2021! You can see the national days coming up in September here.
Jane Campion: #MeToo felt like ‘end of apartheid’ for women
Speaking before the premiere of The Power of the Dog in Venice, director and star Benedict Cumberbatch discuss toxic masculinity and recent success of female film-makers. Read the full article here.
Stephen Fry in plea for walk-in mental health hubs for youths hit by pandemic
Actor calls for a network of centres at which children and young people could get help without a referral. Read more about his appeal here.
Sarpong: I had to confront my own unconscious bias
One of Britain’s most powerful media figures June Sarpong has revealed she had to tackle her own attitudes long before she became a recognised champion of diverse talent. Read more about her interview here.
Bromsgrove to get its first Pride festival - and locals are loving it
This town in Worcestershire is getting its first ever Pride in October in celebration of LGBTQ+ communities and equality. Read about this happy occasion here.
LGBTQ rights activist and actor David Paisley, has announced plans to leave Scotland
The River City actor, who received an Attitude Pride Award earlier this year for his work combatting transphobia, announced on Tuesday (31 August) that he was leaving Scotland as he no longer feels safe in his home. Find out more about this terrible abuse here.
Seven in 10 BAME GPs find CQC inspections ‘traumatic’
More than 70% of GPs from minority ethnic backgrounds would describe CQC inspections as ‘traumatic’, a small survey has revealed. A shocking statistic - read more here.
Bradford housing association to take part in national week to tackle racism
Manningham Housing Association (MHA) will be taking part in National Inclusion Week to bring people together and promote inclusion in work environments. Find out more about their plans here.
Doncaster hospital trust becomes UK first to adopt new race equality code
Doncaster’s hospital trust is the country’s first to adopt a new code of practice promoting race equality. Read more about some of the actions they took to receive this here.
By cutting ties with Stonewall’s LGBT scheme, Ofcom is fuelling intolerance
Ofcom announced its withdrawal from Stonewall’s diversity scheme, The Diversity Champions. A decision that rocked the LGBT+ community - read more here.
UK pay equality improving – but not quickly enough
Diversity and pay equality have supposedly been at the top of the UK business agenda for a number of years, but research suggests there is still a long way to go. Read more here.