[Episode 144] Lisa Mellis on how you can be a better LGBTIQ+ ally this Pride Month and beyond ⋆ TechPixies

[Episode 144] Lisa Mellis on how you can be a better LGBTIQ+ ally this Pride Month and beyond

Last year, we posted a picture of Lisa, our head of brand, with her wife Jenny on their wedding day. It’s a joyous image, a celebration of the concept that love is love. 💖🏳️‍🌈

(Well, actually, Lisa and Jenny follow the philosophy of love laid down by Xena: Warrior Princess. More on that about 4 minutes into the episode. 🦸‍♀️)

It’s become one of the most popular images on our Facebook feed (whoop! 🌈). But, sadly, Lisa hasn’t always experienced acceptance.

In the week that Dame Kelly Holmes publicly came out as gay, declaring in an interview with the Sunday Mirror that she’d didn’t have role models to look up to growing up and that “school sex education was nothing to do with being gay,” Lisa draws similar parallels in her own experience. And she’s talking about them all in this week’s powerful podcast. 

Here’s why you need to tune in

In fact, as you’ll discover, the conclusion Lisa drew about her future as she was growing up is pretty heartbreaking. So this Pride Month, we’re also seeking answers to how we can all be better allies to our LGBTIQ+ friends, family members, and colleagues. And, as always, Lisa’s advice is on point.

Here’s what to listen out for:

[01:18] Learn the story behind Lisa’s gorgeous wedding dress and ring.

[04:16] Discover why Zena: Warrior Princess deserves a mention. 

[08:24] Have we made enough progress with LGBTIQ+ rights in the UK?

[13:50] How can we be better allies to LGBTIQ+ people?

[15:58] Joy on her Christian faith and thinking differently.

[19:25] What can you do if you want to tell people about your sexual orientation?

[30:04] Why the future is brighter now. 

▶️▶️▶️ Tune in now and drop us a line at [email protected] if you’d love to know how TechPixies can help you and how we support LGBTIQ+, 60+, BAME and those from lower socio-economic backgrounds.

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Useful links and resources mentioned in this episode:

Lisa’s wedding day picture

Aida Coronado

Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu – The Book of Joy 

Reni Eddo-Lodge – Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race 

Mary Portas – Work Like a Woman: A Manifesto For Change

Mind – LGBTIQ+ mental health support resources  

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