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LGBT History Month Speakers

UK LGBT History Month once again takes place from the 1st February 2022 to the 28th February 2022. The month marks the opportunity to celebrate LGBT culture and progress towards equality over time, and to explore what the lessons of history can teach us for the future.

If you are looking to plan either an online event or an in-person event this February to mark UK LGBT History Month – these are just a few of the speakers we would recommend.

MATT ELLISON

Matt Ellison is an inspiring and thought-provoking transgender speaker. His life experience as a trans man himself means those who hear Matt speak are inspired and encouraged. The principles of facing something so profoundly difficult and making such a huge and fundamental change apply to everyone in all areas of their professional and personal life.

Tailored towards the audience, Matt Ellison has something to offer all audiences, including healthcare professionals, businesses, educational institutions, emergency services, political and religious groups, plus more. Depending upon requirements he can delve deep into the mind of what it feels like to be transgender with a story full of highs, lows, and humour.

Matt Ellison speaks on a number of topics including –

  • How diversity and inclusion can help your company thrive, from recruiting more highly skilled staff to increase staff productivity and boosting staff retention
  • Practical advice on how to be more inclusive, develop good practices and put together company policies and procedures.
  • How to be more dynamic with your diversity and inclusion policies and procedures, creating a higher degree of engagement, including with your non-LGBT staff
  • The UK Gender Recognition Act and how to avoid inadvertently committing criminal offenses”
  • Change & Resilience – Matt shares deep insights into his experience as a trans man, and the incredible resilience and courage that was required to make life-altering decisions and to undergo this most profound of changes.

HELEN RICHARDSON WALSH

Helen Richardson Walsh speaker bookingHelen Richardson Walsh won a Gold Medal as part of the GB women’s hockey team at the 2016 Olympics and is a keynote motivational speaker and speaker on equality.

Helen has competed in four Olympic Games and was the youngest ever woman to represent GB hockey at an Olympics in 2000.

The significance of her gold in 2016 was made all the more memorable as she was part of the first same-sex married couple to win an Olympic medal playing for the same team. Her wife was GB captain Kate Richardson-Walsh, and they entered history when they stepped onto the podium.

Helen Richardson Walsh speaks about her success at the 2016 Olympic Games and how a combination of team values, behaviours, and tactics can create a winning culture ‘Be the Difference, Create History and Inspire the Future’ was their team mantra.

Helen and Kate Richardson Walsh have recently published a book together called Winning Together: An Olympic-Winning Approach to Building Better Teams

GARETH THOMAS

Gareth Thomas speaker bookingA former Welsh Rugby player, Gareth Thomas has become one of the most iconic figures in rugby, when he revealed he was gay – making him at the time the only openly gay high-profile sportsman in the UK.

Named BBC Wales Sports Personality of the Year in 2005 in recognition of his outstanding achievements. Off the field, Gareth Thomas’s personal life hit the headlines when he famously revealed to the world that he was gay. Since ‘coming out’ Gareth’s profile has risen dramatically with high demand for appearances in television documentaries, chat shows, and feature films both in the UK and abroad, and in August 2010 he was voted top of the Pink List for the 101 Most Influential Gay People in the UK.

Gareth corporate talks about his sporting career, as well as his personal life and the difficulties he experienced when trying to come to terms with his sexuality.

JOHN AMAECHI

John Amaechi speaker bookingJohn Amaechi is a former British NBA Basketball player, psychologist, consultant, and speaker on High Performance.

John played college basketball at Vanderbilt and Penn State, and professional basketball in the National Basketball Association. He has also played in France, Italy, Greece, and the United Kingdom. Since retiring from basketball, John has worked as a psychologist and consultant.

In 2007 became the first former NBA player to come out publicly and was considered one of the world’s most high-profile gay athletes. His memoir “Man in the Middle” was a New York Times bestseller. John appears regularly as a pundit for CNN, MSNBC, CBC, and the BBC. He has also appeared on shows like BBC Breakfast, The Daily Show, Real Time with Bill Maher, Oprah, and many more.

Having formed his own Performance Company, John Amaechi is a regular speaker at conferences and events across the world. Topics have included the impact of depression, interpersonal skills, leadership, team cohesion, emotional literacy, and diversity and inclusion on individual and team performance.

MARK FOSTER

Mark Foster speaker bookingMark Foster is one of the UK’s most recognisable swimmers of his generation and is an inspirational and motivational speaker who speaks on winning, improving performance, and diversity in sport.

Representing his country for 23 years, Mark became Britain’s most decorated male swimmer after winning a record 47 major international medals.

Mark has enjoyed a successful TV career and was a fixture on BBC’s coverage of the Olympics, and he cemented his position as a household name after covering swimming in London 2012 from the commentary box and gaining headlines for his coverage alongside Rebecca Adlington and Helen Skelton at Rio 2016.

It was in 2017 that Mark made the brave decision to come out as gay to the world. His revelation has seen him voted Man of the Year by Winq Magazine in the same year and in 2018 he became LBGTQ+ ambassador for Barnardo’s.

Mark Foster is a much respected and sought-after motivational speaker who uses his experiences as an athlete and world champion to inspire businesses.

If you would like any more details on the speakers please email us at enquiries@scampspeakers.co.uk or call on 020 8854 7247

Testimonials

We have worked with Matthew for many years and will continue to do so. His knowledge of the Speaker Market and ability to interpret our clients requirements is quite exceptional.

He is incredibly thorough in his approach and always goes that extra mile to ensure everything is exactly as required.

I am always happy working with Matthew, he has great credibility, he is very diverse in his ability to make things happen.

Matthew Fisher and I have worked together for many number of years. I have always found Matt to be honest, good natured and willing to work hard always carefully selecting the best appearances to suit my personality and lifestyle. The work Matthew has delivered for me over the years has varied from schools, colleges, attending film premiers, guest speaking  to name a few all of which I have lots of memories and thoroughly enjoyed.