Award-winning trans role model Jacqui Gavin champions landmark LGBTQ+ Milton Keynes event

A landmark conference to highlight lesbian, gay and transgender issues in the workplace is to be held in Milton Keynes.

Thursday, 9th August 2018, 5:15 pm
Updated Tuesday, 4th September 2018, 3:22 am

The event, called This is Us, will focus on corporate diversity and how to create an LGBTQ+ inclusive work environment.

It is championed by award-winning trans role model Jacqui Gavin, who has publicised it with a Facebook Live broadcast where she spoke openly about her experiences as a transsexual woman.

Jacqui said: “We knew that we would be met with some negativity by putting ourselves out there... We did receive some ugly comments. They don’t upset me - I’ve dealt with the trolls and turfs for long enough - but they do go to show exactly the mindset and attitude that we as a society need to move past.”

To be held in October at Kents Hill Park, the conference will include sessions on sensitivity, discrimination and the importance of LGBTQ+ allies,

It is organised by Events Together, whose CEO Meena Chander said: “We think this variety of content will give businesses a really helpful boost, and will open a few eyes in the process.

“It has never been a more relevant time to highlight and discuss issues surrounding gender, sexuality, and lifestyle. These issues surrounding inclusivity and diversity are becoming increasingly prevalent, particularly in the workplace.”

Jacqui has been a leading transgender rights activist for the past thirty years after she was outed by the national press as a transgender model.

She is employed as a Civil Servant, working at the heart of the government to improve the policy and guidance on transgender issues across Whitehall.

Her work as Chair of the Civil Service Network - a:gender led to her winning a British LGBT Award in 2016.

Tickets for the This is Us conference are on sale now at