identity. belonging. expat life.
Who you are. How you feel inside. Where you live.
As an artist, I illustrate and educate about marginalised experiences for positive change.
With a focus on identity, belonging and expat life, I help people to navigate ‘otherness’.
It creates division, prejudice and suffering.
We are all someone else’s ‘other’
Drawn to a Story exists to redress the imbalance
Let my clients tell you for themselves:
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When working with groups for work or personally, are you as gender inclusive as you think you are?
Here are 3 tips to help you! ...
What do you do when someone tells a homophobic joke? 🤯 ...
This is why people don't 'come out' in the workplace.
Throw away lines that aren't challenged demonstrate an underlying culture of homophobia, transphobia, biphobia, and make workplaces unsafe.
Homophobia, transphobia, biphobia are also not banter. Banter is only banter when everyone feels emotionally safe.
So how do you deal with homophobia, transphobia and biphobia in the workplace?
👉🏼 Challenge it at every occasion. Silence condones such behaviour
👉🏼 Lead by example. Don't expect LGBTQ+ people to fight for their right alone
👉🏼 Develop an inclusive policy and ensure that all staff know what is expected and what will not be tolerated.
👉🏼 Conduct LGBTQ+ inclusion training with staff at all levels.
Staff who feel safe at work perform better, are more committed to their role and create greater opportunities for growth.
Message me to find out more about LGBTQ+ inclusion training for your organisation. ...
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History has been made.
The UK's 2021 Census recently revealed data about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people for the first time EVER!
It's fraught with problems.
The numbers are very low. I mean...VERY low.
We need to look at the reasons why it under-represents LGBTQ+ people:
🏳️🌈 The question about gender and sexuality is voluntary. It requires people to feel safe to answer correctly.
🏳️⚧️ An LGBTQ+ person may not be 'out' to their household. There is no privacy of answers within a household.
🏳️🌈 In a family, the census is often filled out by one person. If that person does not agree with someone's queer identity, they may choose to answer how they think they 'should' be instead of who they are.
🏳️⚧️ Many older LGBTQ+ people lived through times when it was illegal to be gay and may not feel safe to disclose private data for government records.
So, yes let's celebrate our inclusion in the Census, but it's important to understand the reality of the data before there is lasting change.
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Now do you get why the comments we hear feel so ridiculous? 😳
When we flip reality, it's possible to see the irrationality of unconscious bias, of homophobia, biphobia and transphobia.
Because we live in a heteronormative society, so many people connect unrelated pieces of information and make wrong conclusions.
They confirm their own biases and ignorance.
✋️ Dressing your child in certain clothing will not make them gay (or straight for that matter!)
✋️ Forcing a child to watch a film will not change their sexuality
✋️ Making a gay person spend time with straight people will not make them straight
✋️ An absent parent will not make a child choose a different sexuality to the one they are
These ideas only show how much LGBTQ+ people are not afforded the equal respect of knowing who they are.
....that you only become LGBTQ+ because of an outside influence.
....that your sexuality can be changed if 'you really want it to be'.
....or that being straight is better than being being queer.
NONE of that is true.
And whilst it's still perpetuated, we are all worse off.
And in our professional lives, when LGBTQ+ inclusion is practised everyone benefits:
Staff RETENTION is BETTER
REVENUE INCREASES and OPPORTUNITIES improve.
It's a no brainer right?
Heterosexual people don't have a clue what it means to 'come out' 🏳️🌈 🏳️⚧️
Controversial you might say?
When you live on the 'right' side of unconscious bias, you can't know the other side.
Coming out happens multiple times a day. It's exhausting.
Imagine as an employer, if your LGBTQ+ staff member could put that energy into their work, rather than wasting energy on dealing with people's biases.
Imagine how much more could be achieved in your teams!
These are the benefits of an inclusive workplace.
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Same sex same name right? 😬
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