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Mentoring Scheme Launch

We are very pleased to announce details of our brand new mentoring scheme for people who work within the media and creative industries. The scheme will commence in January 2017. Anyone can apply to be mentored. Or, you might consider becoming an InterMediaUK mentor yourself.

Applications open today, October 27 2016, to coincide with National Mentoring Day.

Find out more.


October Social

We are very pleased to announce details of our October 2016 networking social, which on this occasion has extra significance – it marks the 4th Birthday of InterMediaUK. Help us celebrate in style on 11th October at the BBC Bar, Gildea Street in central London as we look back over our first four years. Doors open at 18:00 and our Steering Committee members will be on hand to offer friendly advice about what it’s like to be LGBT and work within the media industry together.

If you’ve not been to one of our events before, why not make this your first? We know that it can sometimes feel intimidating arriving at a venue when you don’t know anyone, so if you’d like to meet or speak to one of our team before the event just drop us an email to info@intermediauk.org. Our networking social approach is relaxed and casual in a social setting where everyone is welcomed.

Click here for further information and free ticket registration.


YouTube Content Strategy Workshop

Unfortunately, we’ve had to postpone this workshop. We’ll be working with YouTube to rearrange the session and bring it to you in the near future. Apologies to those of you who had signed up. Watch this space for more details.

YouTube Space London


September Social

We are pleased to announce details of our next social which this month will be held at The Yard in Soho on Tuesday 13th September from 7pm. We’re excited to see you at what is expected to be an amazing night for people right across the media industry, giving them the opportunity to come together, network and meet new contacts as well as catch up with colleagues and friends.

Our social event approach is relaxed and casual in a social setting where people are greatly welcomed from across the LGBT media community and for those who may be attending by themselves or for the first time then we do encourage everyone to network should they wish to. The InterMediaUK team will also be on hand throughout the evening to provide any assistance as best they can.

There is limited ticket availability for this event and based on previous success and popularity we expect demand to be high so please book your ticket now to avoid disappointment.

InterMediaUK Social events are on the second Tuesday of each month, so even if can’t make this event then save the date for the next in your diary and look out for more details soon via our website or Facebook page.


Summer Picnic | Details announced **UPDATE**

**UPDATE** The forecast is currently indicating a sunny and warm day. Perfect for a picnic! Details below…

Summer is here… and so is the announcement of our Summer Picnic!

On Saturday 13 August, we are holding an informal Picnic In The Park on Clapham Common. We would love to spend the afternoon in the outdoors with InterMediaUK members, their partners, families, friends and even your dogs!

It is set to be a fantastic afternoon of making new connections and friends, as well as strengthening existing relationships in a relaxed setting during the great British Summer!

The premise is simple – bring along food and drink (and whatever picnic paraphernalia you may need). We’ll plan to meet on the big patch of Clapham Common that lies between the band stand and skate park. We’ll be there from 1pm so come by and spend the afternoon with us. The nearest tube station is Clapham Common. You will not need tickets for this, it’s purely an invitation to come and join us in one of London’s most famous parks. However, so we know how many of you to expect, if you could register you interest here, it would be much appreciated.

 


July 2016 Social | Details announced

We are very pleased to announce details of our July 2016 social which this month will be held at Bloc Bar. Located in the heart of Camden this fantastic LGBT bar is open everyday to everyone and we are thrilled to be returning once again to our favourite north London place.

Hot on the heels of our attendance at Pride in London we’re excited to see you at what is expected to be an amazing night for people right across the media industry, giving them the opportunity to come together, network and meet new contacts as well as catch up with colleagues and friends.

Our social event approach is relaxed and casual in a social setting where people are greatly welcomed from across the LGBT media community and for those who may be attending by themselves or for the first time then we do encourage everyone to network should they wish to.

The InterMediaUK team will also be on hand throughout the evening to provide any assistance as best they can.

There is limited ticket availability for this event and based on previous success and popularity we expect demand to be high so please reserve your ticket now to avoid disappointment.

InterMediaUK Social events are on the second Tuesday of each month, so even if can’t make this event then save the date for the next in your diary and look out for more details soon via our website or Facebook page.

We look forward to seeing you at Bloc Bar.


Pride in London – Thank you

On Saturday June 25 2016 we celebrated Pride in London which was quite simply AMAZING! THANK YOU to EVERYONE who helped make our attendance in the parade possible and for making it so special. We are truly grateful to all those who joined us and cheered, clapped, danced and celebrated along the route. We hope you enjoyed the day just as much as we did.

Much more information, pictures and videos from across the event will be posted online very soon.

 


Beautiful Thing | Exclusive event announced

In the run up to Pride in London 2016, InterMediaUK is proud to announce a very special screening event, celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Channel 4 film Beautiful Thing, together with a Q&A session hosted by Matthew Todd, editor-in-chief of Attitude, the UK’s biggest-selling gay magazine, with writer of the original play and film, special guest, Jonathan Harvey and Tameka Empson who played Leah Russell.

Beautiful Thing won awards all over the world and garnered critical and social acclaim for dealing with the issue of coming out and first love, whilst introducing the world to the talents of the cast and production team, whose work is still loved to this day.

InterMediaUK would like to use this opportunity to raise money for two LGBT charities, Moodswings and RUComingOut. Details of the amazing work these charities provide is available via the event link below. Tickets for this special event will be charged at £20.00 per person of which £18.00 from the proceeds of each ticket will be donated between the two charities. This event is not one to be missed and tickets will sell out extremely quickly.

For further information and ticket availability please click on the link here.

 


Pride In London

We are very pleased to announce that we will be participating in this year’s Pride in London Parade! We will be showcasing some exciting plans and concepts at the April Social together with further information and details about how you can become involved! There will be much more detail and announcements in the coming weeks.

Summer Picnic in the Park 2016 – SAVE THE DATE!
InterMediaUK will be hosting its inaugural Summer Picnic in the Park.  Join us on Clapham Common on Saturday 13 August for an afternoon of eating, drinking and fun games and activities.

Open to InterMediaUK members, partners, families and friends, it is set to be a great afternoon of making new connections and friends, as well as strengthening existing relationships in a relaxed setting during the great British Summer! Further details and information will be available via our website soon.

As always, we would love to hear from you with any comments, ideas, suggestions or anything else. Please email us at info@intermediauk.org or contact us via our Facebook page.


Stonewall Workplace Equality Index – Joey Hambidge update

The Stonewall Top 100 LGBT Employers 2016 has been published with widespread media attention, including a dedicated supplement in The Times. Compiled from the results of the Workplace Equality Index, a record breaking 415 organisations across all sectors took part in this highly respected benchmarking exercise. Those taking part completed a comprehensive submission document that reviewed how LGBT equality and diversity is embedded within their organisation; in areas such as policies, training, network groups, career development and community engagement. All of which also had to be validated with evidence.

MI5 came out on top, an amazing achievement for an organisation that banned the employment of openly gay men and women until 1993. The standard of the Top 100 was higher than ever, which shows that the work Stonewall are completing is having a positive impact on the lives of LGBT people throughout the UK.

As Stonewall’s Media Account Manager, I will be working with organisations in this sector, both individually and through InterMediaUK to provide a stronger media presence in the Top 100. There is a lot of excellent work already being done, which I intend to celebrate and share as best practice, where possible. There are also many initiatives and activities that can be implemented that will help to improve diversity and inclusion.

I am immensely proud of all my clients who took part and know that through working together and harnessing the power of InterMediaUK, they will only move up the Top 100 list.

For further information download the guide, Stonewall Top 100 LGBT Employers 2016 here.


RUComingOut Charity Launch

Thursday 21 April 2016
Royal Vauxhall Tavern, South London

The RUComingOut website was set up in 2012 by Wayne Dhesi after he noticed a lack of support for young people who were struggling to come out as LGBT while working as a youth worker. The idea of the website was to share real life coming out stories in a hope to inspire and support those were who struggling with their own sexuality or gender identity. The website was a massive success and very quickly became the number one search result for ‘coming out’ on Google. It has had close to half a million visitors from over 150 countries across the world.

The website has been supported by some big names such as Cheryl Cole, Mel B, Dermot OLeary, Lulu, Olly Alexander, Dan Sells, Adam Lambert and Jake Shears. It has a regular feature in Attitude Magazine and has featured on ITV’s This Morning, BBC Radio 1 and many other media outlets. Wayne himself was listed as the 15th most influential LGBTI person in Britain in last year’s Independent on Sunday Rainbow List for his work with the charity.rucomingout

Four years on from its creation, RUComingOut has just been granted official charity status. To celebrate
this milestone (and to look forward to the future of the charity), Wayne is hosting a special launch event at legendary gay venue The Royal Vauxhall Tavern (RVT) in South London on the evening of Thursday 21 April 2016. Last year’s summer party was a sell out event and attracted well known faces such as Alesha Dixon, Marcus Collins, Charlie Condou, Gabrielle, Joe Mcelderry, Gemma Oaten and Andrew Hayden Smith.

Tickets to the official charity launch are available now priced £20 / £25 and are selling fast! To secure your ticket for
what promises to be an amazing night visit rucomingout.com.


February Social
What a fantastic night!

Thanks to everyone who came along to InterMediaUK February social! Over 150 people from right across the media industry – broadcast, online, print, independents and many more – headed down to the W Hotel’s Wyld bar in Leicester Square for an evening of catching up, sharing ideas and making new friends and contacts. Here’s what some of the folk who came along said:

‘Brilliant venue and location, great buzz’
‘Well done to everyone involved!’
‘Very happy to see so many ladies there’
‘Great night, fun atmosphere, lovely people’
‘Thank you for being an engaged voice in highlighting all facets of LGBT culture’

We’re busy planning the next London-based social event on Tuesday 8 March 2016 – venue tbc; look out for more info soon. Some feedback we received about last night’s social that some of you would appreciate more in the way of networking facilitation.   With that in mind, if you’d like to volunteer to help greet and introduce people we’d love to hear from you.

Additionally, we’re investigating doing more in the nations and regions – for colleagues based in the north, we’re looking to host an event in Manchester soon too.

If you’re interested in getting involved, please email info@intermediauk.org and we can provide you with contact names and further details.


Stonewall Workplace Equality Index – Joey Hambidge update

The Stonewall Top 100 LGBT Employers 2016 has been published with widespread media attention, including a dedicated supplement in The Times. Compiled from the results of the Workplace Equality Index, a record breaking 415 organisations across all sectors took part in this highly respected benchmarking exercise. Those taking part completed a comprehensive submission document that reviewed how LGBT equality and diversity is embedded within their organisation; in areas such as policies, training, network groups, career development and community engagement. All of which also had to be validated with evidence.

MI5 came out on top, an amazing achievement for an organisation that banned the employment of openly gay men and women until 1993. The standard of the Top 100 was higher than ever, which shows that the work Stonewall are completing is having a positive impact on the lives of LGBT people throughout the UK.

As Stonewall’s Media Account Manager, I will be working with organisations in this sector, both individually and through InterMediaUK to provide a stronger media presence in the Top 100. There is a lot of excellent work already being done, which I intend to celebrate and share as best practice, where possible. There are also many initiatives and activities that can be implemented that will help to improve diversity and inclusion.

I am immensely proud of all my clients who took part and know that through working together and harnessing the power of InterMediaUK, they will only move up the Top 100 list.

For further information download the guide, Stonewall Top 100 LGBT Employers 2016 here.