Celebrating LGBTQI+ History Month

In today’s episode of the Diverse Minds podcast, I talk about LGBTQI+ History Month, and I am delighted to be joined by the wonderful Michelle Codrington-Rogers. 

About my guest

Michelle Codrington-Rogers is a teacher of citizenship at a large school in Oxford. 

As a first-generation, UK-born, Vincentian bred she is proud of her family and cultural heritage.  She is an active trade unionist and was the first full-time Black Students Officer for NUS. 

Currently, she is representing 3,000+ teachers across Oxfordshire for NASUWT – The Teachers Union. 

Michelle was elected as a national officer of NASUWT-The Teachers Union in 2017 and will become the first (known) Black President in April 2020.  She has a chapter published in Rhodes Must Fall: The struggle to decolonize the racist heart of empire (2018)

In today’s show, we talk about:

  • About Michelle Codrington-Rogers and her background [02:07]
  • What LGBTQI+ History Month means to Michelle. [08:51]
  • How she intends to celebrate LGBTQI+ History Month. [10:45]
  • What workplaces can do to celebrate LGBTQI+ History Month. [19:47]
  • Some events she’s looking forward to attending this month [24:15]

Connect with my guest:

Quotes: 

  • It’s always been instilled in us, me and my sisters that if you see something unjust or
    unfair, then you speak up for it.
  • I’ve kind of fallen into activism.
  • I think it’s so important as human beings to connect with each other and
    understand the different journeys and experiences that we have.
  • We’re still having this struggle, why do we need to ask for permission to self-define and self-organise,
    and to be able to speak on our own behalf? 
  • I don’t need people to take away my voice just because they feel they can use it better.

Work with me

Want to do more in your workplace 366 days of this year?

So why not find out more about how I can help you and your workplace wellbeing plans by booking a free 30-minute call with me here: https://calendly.com/leylao 

Find out more about the solutions I offer: https://diverseminds.co.uk/solutions/ 

Subscribe to the podcast

If you enjoyed this episode, why not consider subscribing on Apple podcast, Spotify or wherever you access your podcasts from! 

You can also connect with me on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn

Remember to tune in to next week’s episode, where I’ll bring you more insights into mental health and inclusion.