Trans activist Charlie Craggs to speak at ELVIS Outspoken LGBTQ+ workshop
London-based creative agency ELVIS is to host a free workshop which aims to offer LGBTQ+ young people an insight into a career in the advertising industry, ahead of Pride in London on Saturday 6 July.
Developed by Elli Stone and James Bougourd, an ELVIS creative team with a passion for inclusive advertising, the day-long event on Thursday 4 July aims to give queer youth the boost they need to begin a career in marketing, the company said.
With inspirational speakers and hands-on exercises, the workshop is open to all LGBTQ+ youth (aged 18 or over) looking for their place in the industry.
Charlie Craggs, trans activist and founder of Nail Transphobia, will speak at the workshop, ELVIS said.
Emma Gardner, Managing Partner, Operations at ELVIS, who also hosted the agency’s panel event, ELVIS Outspoken: The Disability Debate in November 2018, will introduce the session.
New York mission
Stone and Bougourd developed the idea for the workshop following a diversity-focussed inspiration mission to New York earlier this year.
“Queer people belong in the creative industries, but 52% of people see the LGBTQ+ community as “invisible” in advertising”, said James Bougourd, Junior Creative, ELVIS.
“So how do we fix this? Simply hiring LGBTQ+ people isn’t enough. We need to make our industry a safe space and nurture queer talent from the ground up so we can create work that feels authentic and inclusive.”
Elli Stone, Junior Creative, ELVIS, added: “For our industry to represent a community authentically, those people need to be behind the scenes, not just in the ads; so we wanted to do something to inspire more LGBTQ+ people to start their career in advertising.”
LGBTQ+ young people (aged 18 and over) who are interested in attending the free workshop are invited to email firstname.lastname@example.org with their name, date of birth and a brief outline of why they’d like to attend.
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