Caitlyn Jenner to give diversity talk in House of Commons

Lawrence Kim
May 5, 2018

The transgender activist will give the lecture, which has been previously given by The Wire star Idris Elba and The Night Of star Riz Ahmed, on May 9 in the Churchill Room at the House of Commons, the seat of power for the British government.

The lecture, part of Channel 4's diversity lecture series, will address issues around gender and transphobia.

Hosted by Channel 4 in the House of Commons, the annual talk has been running for three years and was created as an opportunity for high-profile figures to speak out publicly on the importance of diversity in the entertainment industry.

However, despite the effort Channel 4 has made to expand upon gender diversity, specifically for transgender representation, Jenner isn't exactly known for her activism for trans people, and doesn't represent trans people in the United Kingdom.

The lecture comes at the start of the broadcaster's Genderquake season, two weeks of programmes which they hope will "open up the debate on gender".

Moreso, Jenner is known critically for her history as a lifelong Republican, even after coming out as trans, and for her support of President Donald Trump.

Last year, Ahmed used the platform to tear into the British entertainment industry's lack of diversity, claiming actors needed to go to the United States to be cast in TV shows and films.

Similarly, Ahmed, who starred in Star Wars prequel Rogue One said it took American remakes of British shows, such as BBC's Criminal Justice, to "cast someone like me".

"People in the TV world often aren't the same as people in the real world", Elba told parliament.

"I should know, I live in the TV world".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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