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ITV Pride's April Pridecast: Being seen and heard this Lesbian Visibility Week

Being seen and accepted for who we are is what makes us human. It’s something that LGBTQI people have to continuously fight for and for Linda Riley it’s been a life’s work. She’s been acutely aware of the need for visibility within the LGBTQI community and especially for LGBTQI women and non-binary people. Linda has spent a great deal of time raising the profile of members of the community through her work as the publisher of DIVA Magazine, as well as being the founder of Lesbian Visibility Week.

The week, which this year is taking place between 25th April-1st May, aims to celebrate lesbians and create solidarity for all LGBTQI women and non binary people. Lesbian Visibility Day was first celebrated in 2008, but since 2020 a week of events and activities have taken place to mark the occasion.

In this ITV Pridecast Liam is joined by Jo Lewis to co-host the episode. Jo works as a Production Manager for MultiStory Media and is also one of the Co-chairs of the ITV Pride Network. She was also interviewed in her own ITV Pridecast episode last year, called Finding your own people.

In the episode with Linda they chat about why Lesbian Visability Week is so important and why having a space for LGBTQI people to connect and learn about one another’s experiences is essential. Linda also reflects on how her own experiences have helped shape her work at DIVA and why strides are still needed in the progress for LGBTQI rights. She also chats about being a mother to 15-year-old twins, who are entering a world that is much more accepting of same-sex parents than a decade or so ago.

Being seen and heard with Linda Riley can be listened to here:

Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/3Knenc0

Spotify: https://spoti.fi/3rWNXr7

Global Player: https://bit.ly/3vm9Diw

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